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Easy Dry Rub Roast Chicken

This easy dry rub Roast Chicken is a taste thrill for those who like their chicken highly seasoned.  It is infused with simple aromatic flavors such as thyme, paprika, Black pepper, Onion powder, Garlic powder, Cayenne pepper and more. This results in a flavorful, juicy, and tasty Chicken and it will bring everyone to the dinner table quickly.

spiced whole roasted Chicken

Dry Rub Roast Chicken

I know most people know how to roast a chicken. This is something that you can just throw together, hit with some salt and pepper and probably butter. Pop in the oven and you come out with an okay Chicken. However, this method takes it up a notch. Not only will you come out with a tasty spiced chicken, but it’s also easy and you can almost not miss it. There is no need to keep on adjusting the temperature of your oven, neither is there any for basting the Chicken or having to leave it in the fridge for days.

Well seasoned Whole Roast Chicken

This is a perfect recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas or other festive seasons. However, you don’t need to wait for these seasons to come to enjoy this roasted Chicken, you can surprise your family or friends by making this for them for a weekend dinner or simply make it any time you feel like. It’s one of those dinners that just hits the spot. It’s comforting and delicious!

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How to roast a whole chicken to achieve an evenly cooked and perfectly moist result

This is a very simple recipe that everybody should have in their repertoire, however, there are some tips that everybody should know:

  • First, let the chicken rest for about 15 to 20 minutes at room temperature before you do anything to it. In this way, the Chicken will be able to withstand the heat of the oven which will, in turn, help you achieve a well-roasted Chicken.
  • Secondly, remove the giblets – neck, gizzard, heart inside the Cavity of the Chicken. I don’t discard these, I usually season them and grill them with the Chicken and sometimes, I use them for my stock.
  • Thirdly, it’s very important to pat your chicken dry with a paper towel before spicing it. ”Moisture and crispy” do not go together. The more moisture you draw out of the skin, the crispier it’s going to get. If the Chicken is wet, then you should expect that the skin will not turn out crispy after roasting.
  • Fourth,  season the chicken in and out – it’s very important not to skimp on the seasoning. Be as generous as you can. Season the cavity, and the whole body of the Chicken. I like to season underneath the skin of the Chicken to heighten the flavor of the meat.
  • Bake the chicken: Place the chicken in the middle rack and bake for one hour and thirty minutes or till the internal temperature reaches 165°F which is the safe internal temperature for Roast Chicken.


Easy way to roast a whole chicken perfectly

Frequently asked questions about roasting a whole Chicken.

Must I stuff my Chicken?

It is advisable to stuff the Chicken but it will still turn out well if it is well seasoned without stuffing it. Stuffing also plays an important part in making a perfect roasted chicken. It helps to intensify the flavor of the Chicken. For this Chicken, I only used Onion and Rosemary. However, you can use any other fresh herbs of your choice like Savory, oregano, Marjoram Tarragon, or sage.

Do I have to truss my Chicken?

I only tie up the legs of my chicken. In that way, the stuffing is secured and my chicken always comes out perfectly as a whole.

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Easy Dry Rub Roast Chicken

This easy dry rub Roast Chicken is a taste thrill for those who like their chicken highly seasoned.  It is infused with simple aromatic flavors such as thyme, paprika, Black pepper, Onion powder, Garlic powder, Cayenne pepper and more. This results in a flavorful, juicy, and tasty Chicken and it will bring everyone to the dinner table quickly.
4.8 from 10 votes
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Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: African, American
Keyword: homemade
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 8 People
Calories: 276kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu


  • 41/2 lb Chicken
  • 1/2  Tsp  Cayenne pepper
  • Tsp  Black pepper
  • 2   Tsp Salt
  • Tsp  Thyme
  • Tsp Garlic powder
  • Tsp  Paprika
  • Tsp Onion powder
  • Tsp  Bouillon powder
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a small bowl, combine all the spices except the Olive Oil. Mix together.
  • Remove the neck and Giblets from the chicken, rinse and pat dry with a paper towel then trim off any excess skin and fat.
  • Start by adding a generous amount of the spice mix into the cavity of the chicken and massage until the whole cavity is well coated with the spice.
  • Drizzle 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil on the Chicken and use your hands to spread it all over the Chicken. Sprinkle with the rub mixture and massage all over the Chicken until it is fully coated.
  • Flip the Chicken over and repeat 3 above
  • Face the Chicken up, and gently separate the skin of the chicken from its body to create a pocket, season the pocket with some more spice and olive oil.
  • Tuck the wings back and tie up both legs with a cooking string
  • Stuff the chicken with the Onion and rosemary sprigs.
  • Spread the cut up onions in a single layer in a shallow baking pan large enough to hold the chicken, and place the Chicken over the Onions.
  • Transfer it to the oven and roast for 1 hour and 30 minutes or till the internal temperature reaches 170. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes before carving.



  • use a shallow pan to roast your Chicken. In that way, the air will be able to circulate through the Chicken and you can achieve an evenly roasted Chicken.
  • It's very important to place the Chicken in the middle rack. That's the right position that will yield a perfectly roasted Chicken.
  • Don't forget to tuck back the wings of your chicken in order to prevent it from burning. (the tip of the chicken wings burns faster) and also remember to tie the legs or simply tuck them under the loose skin of the chicken. This will let your stuffing stay intact.
  • Let the Chicken rest before cutting through it - You don't want to lose all the juice in the chicken, so it's very important to leave the chicken to cool a bit 


Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 859mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 945IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1.5mg

Making a perfect oven-roasted chicken is not rocket science neither does it require having any chef skills. After all, our grandmothers effortlessly made perfect roasted chicken without any culinary skills. 🙂


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Recipe Rating


Thursday 24th of December 2020

Was looking for this recipe... Thank you. Looking forward to a good festive lunch... Yoo hoo

Nsorigwe vera

Saturday 10th of October 2020

After the dry rub. Do u set aside in the fridge to marinade before toasting,?

Lola Osinkolu

Friday 5th of February 2021

No, Nsorigwe, I roasted immediately.

Gigi A. Gonzales

Monday 14th of September 2020

Hi! Tried the roast chicken for dinner & everyone enjoyed it! It was very tasty. The dry rub is really effective in making the food tastier. Instead of using an oven for it, I used a turbo broiler. When I first checked on the chicken, the skin was a bit crispy already but turned it over so the crispiness of the skin got wet with the drippings. So, when roasting, do we need to turn the chicken to even up the cooking or is it alright not to turn it anymore & leave it until it’s fully cooked? Thank you Chef Lola for sharing this recipe!

Lola Osinkolu

Saturday 10th of October 2020

Thanks for the feedback Gigi. I don't usually turn mine but the top is always more crispy than the bottom part. If you want all-round crisp skin, feel free to turn it.

Mary Joyce Selim

Monday 25th of May 2020

Thank you Chef Lola for this recipe (as well as for the Lemon Yoghurt Cake and the Sausage Rolls!). I've done all 3 recipes twice or thrice, and they always came our perfect, with rave reviews from my kids, husband and parents. My mom liked the roast chicken so much, she asked me to share your recipe with my siblings. Thank you for sharing your gift of cooking. I look forward to trying out more of your recipes.


Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Is it spicey

Lola Osinkolu

Thursday 9th of April 2020

Nope 😊