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Easy roast chicken yields more than one meal. Originally, I published this article in 2011 with all ten recipes plus the roast chicken one included. I think that format is awkward, and this post is dedicated mainly to instructions on roasting the best possible chicken. These recipes are a variation or two on the basic method.

The remainder of recipes are listed, and linked, so that each one is easy to access and print for a gallery of great meal possibilities. You won’t miss out on trying all ten.


Easy and Tasty Meals that People Love

Roast chicken is one of those simple, basic recipes that every beginning cook can master, but sometimes the way you flavor it can make this dish into something entirely new. Whether you buy one of those convenient roast chickens at the grocery store rotisserie or roast your own according to my easy directions, I will give you 10 (count them!) easy and delicious recipes for using roast chicken as a base or as a way to put leftovers to use.

Chicken is still one of the most economical of meat entrees and almost everyone likes this choice, which makes it great to cook for picky eaters and potlucks.

A few new ways to roast the bird, and other recipes to use the meat in a variety of ways await. Let’s start in on choosing, and how to, roast that basic chicken.

First You Have To Roast The Chicken


Make the best roast chicken ever. After you’ve tried my recipes …branch out and amaze your family with your repertoire.
One of the great secrets when you first start to cook is how easy, delicious, and versatile roast chicken can be. From a basic roasted chicken are innumerable dishes to serve: herbed, sauced, in salads, in casseroles, all sorts of ways. It is very economical, too.

The absolute simplest directions for roasting your chicken are included here. For a few words of how to make it best, read on.

To get the most meat from the process buy a chicken called a “Roaster”. Any young whole chicken will do, but a roaster is a larger chicken with tender meat, usually between 5-7 pounds each. Yum!

Chickens are graded, and almost all chickens sold in your grocery store are “USDA grade A”. That means they are supposed to be firm, full breasted, meaty, no blemishes, no broken skin or broken bones. What are the other type of chicken designations? There are “broiler” and “fryer” chickens which are less than 6 pounds, normally. They can be roasted as well, they are just a smaller size and younger than the roaster chickens at the time of slaughter.

or buy one of those delicious rotisserie ones!

If you buy a rotisserie roasted chicken from your grocery the work is done for you and I think it works out to be more economical in many cases. Places like Sam’s Club and Costco sometimes use the larger roasting chickens, groceries such as Krogers often offer the smaller sizes. They all taste good to me.

For the recipe ideas you will simply need the chicken to cool enough to remove the meat from the bone. Then start cooking one of the ten ideas here!

Homecooked? Pro and Con

A few reasons that I can think of to do your own roasting are:

  • you can use organic meat if you wish,
  • get larger sizes of roasting chickens, or even a capon.
  • You can be sure of the quality of the meat, and the sanitary conditions of preparation.

A ready-cooked bird is so easy that time-consuming home cooking is almost not a consideration, and has only a small edge because of cleanup, etc.

There you have the pros and cons of the ready-ooked and the homecooked.

Roasting the chicken is so easy that you will be surprised. Try it at home.

Capon:What is it?

A capon is a castrated rooster. Good roasted.

Easiest Steps to Roast a Chicken

– A Four Step Program –
There are many recipes for all sorts of roasted chickens, with flavors from herbs, with vegetables, glazed… but this is the very basic recipe and it will give you excellent results. Roast chicken is good like that. One of the easiest meals possible.


Broil for 10 minutes, before placing in 450° oven for 20 min.The chicken will be juicier.

My Instructions for Juicy Roast Chicken

Roasting Time and Temperature

Roasting times and temperatures can vary. Chef Emeril says 500 °, others say differently. If the heat is higher, the time cooking is lower. The oven type makes a difference in both time and temperature.

Roast chicken isn’t picky, and you will get a good result no matter which recipe you follow, but some of the tips and adjustments in recipes will give you GREAT results. Try the above tip: broil, then roast.

  1. Rinse the chicken inside and out under cold running water
  2. Dry it thoroughly, I use paper towels. Then get a good vegetable oil, I use Olive Oil, rub completely over the chicken.
  3. Salt and pepper the chicken inside and out. I use sea salt and cracked pepper. Now is the time to add poultry spices or a chicken spice rub, but it is not necessary.
  4. Roast your chicken in a roasting pan at a moderate heat like 350 degrees. Time is according to weight, but figure about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. The golden brown roasted skin and clear juices will indicate that it is done.
My Little Secret: sometimes I just douse the bird in Wishbone Italian Dressing before roasting. It is super delicious. Occasionally basting a few times while it is cooking.

Middle Eastern Roast Chicken Is Amazing


This recipe has exotic flavors that are bound to please your palate. Instructions for the ras-el-hanout spice rub is included. ( You may buy it at specialty groceries, on Amazon, or make your own)

Middle Eastern Roast Chicken

- unique Moroccan flavor-
Prepare chicken for roasting, and then give a whole different flavor to it. Middle Eastern exotic spices make this a special dish to serve company. Try this at your next Hafla.
Prep Time 3 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • plus 1 tablespoon ras-el-hanout which you can buy in Middle Eastern groceries or spice section of some stores

Roast the Chicken with lemons

  • 1 Uncooked roasting chicken
  • 1 garlic clove peeled
  • 2 small whole lemons- pierced all over with fork


  • Make a paste of all the spice ingredients, the lemon peel, and the lemon juice, oil, and fresh mint, mash together and smear the chicken inside and out with the spice paste.
  • Put the lemons and garlic inside the chicken and truss the legs. Roast the chicken in a pan for about an hour or more. start out @ 400° for ten minutes or so, then drop the heat to 375° and roast until golden brown.


~~~~~~recipe for ras-el-hanout ~~~~~~~
2 teaspoons coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons cardamom
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
1 1/4 teaspoons nutmeg
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon hot Spanish paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Generous pinch saffron threads
In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ground spices. Crush the saffron threads between clean, dry fingers, sprinkle over the spice mixture, and whisk again.
Transfer the Ras El Hanout to an airtight container, and store in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months.
This recipe can be found at | Fine cooking also has a similar recipe "Roast Lemon Chicken with Garlic & Herbs"
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chopping tomatoes photo by Jakob Montrasio

Chopping tomatoes photo by Jakob Montrasio

Good Ingredients, Proper Equipment

These two factors make the difference in great cooking.

Sea salt makes a huge difference in taste, I think, and a good olive oil. I like a quality roasting pan, too.

Spices make a big difference. Look for the brands suggested and check the cooking tips!

Cooking Gear: Roasting Pan

Stainless steel with good heft makes for a solid roasting pan that will hold up to the use you are bound to require of it. A rack to keep the meat above the bottom of the pan

Ten Yummy Chicken Recipes with Roast Chicken

Besides the recipes on this page, try the rest of the meals utilizing meat from a roasted chicken. All are very simple to make.

Hungarian girl for Goulash recipe

Recipe #2 is the Hungarian Goulash Stew

The Recipes You Can Find From Here

  1. Lemon Chicken Casserole
  2. Chicken Goulash
  3. Quick Chicken Curry
  4. Chicken and Strawberry Spinach Salad
  5. Red Roasted Pepper and Chicken Frittata
  6. Chinese Chicken Noodles
  7. Chicken Divan, a casserole
  8. Middle Eastern Roast Chicken (in this post)
  9. Apricot Roasted Chicken
  10. Summer Panzanella
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Blue Toile Apron for cooking your roasted chicken


When Roast Chicken Is Best – Ten Situations

  • When you are a beginner cook
  • When you are a new couple
  • When you want to please everyone
  • When you need to make more than one meal at a time
  • When you need to stretch your budget
  • When you need something to serve either hot or cold- it is good either way
  • When having company to dinner
  • When serving more people than you anticipated (turn it into your favorite casserole)
  • When taking dinner to someone else
  • When you want something easy to fix

Julia Child’s Recipe – Poulet en Cocotte Bonne Femme

Fun French music and quick moves through all the steps to a great roast chicken meal.

A Julia Child recipe video to guide you through the roasting process and come up with a delicious meal of lemon-lavored roast chicken over watercress.

“Recipes I Found” Roast Chicken Link List

Sometimes I get the absolute best recipes from magazines or on the web. Here is my collection from on the web-yum!

  • Brown Sugar Glazed Capon
    From Cooking Light’s Easter menu for 2011. A Jewish flavored menu that is roast chicken at its best: glazed and gravied.
  • Lemony Roast Capon
    Epicurious put together Lemon, Thyme, and Onions to roast a fabulous dinner big enough and delicious enough for a holiday family feast.

Steven Johnson