Slow-Roasted Chicken

Loaf-pan Chicken

The Spruce / John Mitzewich

  • Total: 2 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs
  • Yield: 1 chicken (6 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
657 Calories
36g Fat
10g Carbs
70g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 chicken (6 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 657
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 221mg 74%
Sodium 847mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 70g
Calcium 59mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe is adapted from one by champion pitmaster, Chris Lilly from Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ. Slow-roasting in a moist, flavorful environment produces a chicken that is very tender, juicy and delicious.


  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 whole chicken (about 3 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 small yellow onion (sliced thin)
  • For Dry Rub:
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin (ground)

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.

  2. Stir together the applesauce and Worcestershire in a bowl.

  3. Place the onion in the bottom of a 9 x 5 loaf pan.

  4. Hold the chicken upright over the loaf pan and spread all over with the applesauce mixture, allowing the excess to fall into the pan.

  5. Combine the dry rub ingredients.

  6. Season the cavity with about a teaspoon, and sprinkle the rest evenly over the entire chicken.

  7. Place the chicken breast-side-up in the pan.

  8. Bake for about 2 hours, or until a thermometer reads 165 F. in the thickest part of the thigh.