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Super Simple One Hour Whole Roasted Chicken

I can’t be the only person who loves making a whole roasted chicken during the week and saving the leftovers for lunches right?!? It is just so easy to make one chicken, have it for dinner, and then use the rest of the meat all week for salads, sandwiches, and more! Y’all know, I love to cook smarter, not harder, and if I can get away with cooking less during the week, I am going to do it! This whole roasted chicken recipe is one of my favorites! Crispy skin, moist center, and done in about an hour!

One Hour Oven Roasted Whole Chicken

Oven Roasted Whole Chicken

If you thought the video makes this recipe look easy, then you are correct! Even though it takes an hour to cook, prep time is minimal and you can just set it and forget it once the chicken is in the oven. You can go about making your sides, cleaning up a little, or maybe catching up on someHulu shows while you wait for the chicken to fully cook.

I have found that cooking large meals like a whole roasted chicken, early in the week is so helpful when it comes to my desire to not cook later on in the week. Meal prepping has been another thing I have added lately that helps me too. I swear, every week when Thursday/Friday rolls around I just don’t feel like cooking. This is when my “let’s just go out to eat” desire comes in… so making large meals with leftovers, and meal prepping has really been helping save me some money at the end of the week.

The Whole Roasted Chicken

No lie, doing a whole chicken in the oven was a bit intimidating at first. I was NOT looking forward to sticking my hand up “in there” and pulling out the innards…but honestly it was not as bad as I thought. Just get it in and out and try not to think about it much lol

Once my chicken was cleaned out, I put it in a glass pan while my oven was heating up to 450° . You can really use any seasoning you like for this as well. Personally, I used a little olive oil, minced garlic, Cayenne, salt, pepper, and some McCormick seasoning I had on hand.  I rubbed everything on my chicken, and let it cook at 450° for about 20 minutes.

One Hour Oven Roasted Whole Chicken

Once the 20 minutes are up, decrease heat to 400° and let your bird keep cooking for another 40 minutes.  I like to turn on the broiler for the last 2-3 minutes of the cook time to get the skin nice and crispy as well! When you take your bird out, let her rest a little and enjoy!

One Hour Oven Roasted Whole Chicken

See, this whole roasted chicken is super easy and perfect for a large family, or anyone that is wanting leftovers!

Whole Roasted Chicken
4.34 from 6 votes

One Hour Oven Roasted Whole Chicken

One Hour Oven Roasted Whole Chicken
Keyword One Hour Oven Roasted Whole Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 Whole Chicken
  • Tbsp olive oil
  • tsp cayenne
  • salt/pepper
  • Tbsp minced garlic
  • Spices of Chioce


  1. Clean out your chicken and pre heat oven to 450°

  2. Rub your cleaned chicken with all remaining ingredients! 

  3. Bake for 20 minutes. 

  4. Reduce heat to 400° and bake for 40 more minutes. 

  5. Broil for last 3 minutes of cook time for crispier skin

Recipe Rating

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Pat Gerry Wilson

Thursday 21st of April 2022

Very similar to my whole roasted chicken.. just need needs a carb side!!


Thursday 21st of April 2022

I love eating this with roasted potatoes and veggies!

Jennifer LeRoy

Monday 27th of December 2021

What weight for the chicken?? What internal temp to cook it at?? Being impatient, I followed the time on the instructions to a "T" and ended up with raw chicken near the bone. OK, simply stated: make sure you have an internal temp of 165 degrees. This may take longer than 1 hour depending on the size of your chicken...

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Thursday 25th of February 2021

[…] lunch is a simple leftover chicken with some carrots and strawberries! I love to either get a rotisserie chicken or cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker and use the meat for lunches for a […]


Monday 18th of June 2018

It looks like an easy and simple to be made recipe. My third daughter love eating chicken foods. Pinned the recipe. Thank you very much.


Sunday 17th of June 2018

Thanks! this is a great simple recipe similar to what I do every family gatherings and friends coming over.

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