Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
1 Hour 30 Mins
Stand Time
10 Mins
Makes 8 servings

A good roasted chicken is like a little black dress--always appropriate and very versatile.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°. Stir together salt and pepper.

Step 2

If applicable, remove necks and giblets from chickens, and reserve for another use. Pat chickens dry. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp. salt mixture inside cavity of each chicken. Rub 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil into skin of each chicken. Sprinkle with remaining salt mixture; rub into skin. Place chickens, breast sides up, facing in opposite directions (for even browning), on a lightly greased wire rack in a lightly greased 17- x 12-inch jelly-roll pan.

Step 3

Bake at 375° for 1 1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted in thigh registers 180°. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

Ratings & Reviews

ain270988's Review

March 08, 2013
very simple, easy and super delicious...the chicken was so moist...

KimmyHadley's Review

April 24, 2012
This is my go-to roast chicken recipe for over a year now. You can easily add other spices such as thyme or sage to the salt mixture; or stuff the cavity (discard after cooking and garnish with fresh) with onions, apples, or rosemary and lemon for a variety of flavors. Definitely use kosher salt. Wonderful that it makes two - debone one and you have cooked chicken for another recipe.

Holley's Review

December 14, 2010

mbd722's Review

January 25, 2009
Super easy to make, and got rave reviews from my family. Definitely roast on a bed of celery stalks, whole carrots, and onions - they taste divine after cooking in the chicken stock.