Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

After listening to bestie M rave on about her delish baked chicken, I finally took the plunge and made my very first whole chicken.  Ever.  You see, I have always been repulsed by bones… I don’t eat fried chicken or ribs or turkey (unless it’s in sliced form) or anything with bones.  Sister doesn’t either so it must be some strange genetic thing :-) 

Bestie M’s Baked Chicken

2 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
3/4 tsp ground red pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 thyme
1/4 white pepper
1/4 garlic powder
1/4 black pepper
Whole chicken (I use the Springer Mountain Farms baby chicken.)
Day 1: Mix ingredients in small bowl.  Clean chicken. Pat dry. Rub inside and out with seasoning mix. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate over night.
Day 2: Place 1 cup chopped onions inside chicken (in the big hole….eww…)  [FYI, that is exactly how she sent me the recipe.]  Roast (aka bake)Bake at 250 degrees for about 5 hours, baste occasionally… mostly after hour 3.

Now, I don’t have a picture because as soon as this thing comes out of the oven my boys devour it.  I literally come in the kitchen and find Honey has popped it out 5 minutes early and they are already eating.  This is one of our favorite meals and we make it at least twice a month now.

It’s finger lickin good (really… not like the questionable stuff that comes in that bucket)!!

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13 thoughts on “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

  1. Wow! I have never been brave enough to try cooking the WHOLE chicken… I have to say I'm impressed! Thanks for sharing the recipe, you may have just convinced me to give it a try!

  2. I love making a roast chicken! They're so much easier than I thought (though still a bit gross!), and the leftovers are perfect for soup!

  3. I don't eat meat on a bone either! I laugh every time I find out another thing you & I have in common. Guess that's why I LOVE your blog so much! I tried a similar recipe in the crockpot with a huge whole chicken my sister gave me from my nephew's 4-H project. Turned out great but I had to get my husband to pull the meat off the bone. Was just too real. Turned out really yummy though! Made chicken salad with the leftovers.

  4. I know this is an old post, but just wanted to say thank you for sharing!! Made it today and it was delicious! YUM!! The hubby, who usually doesn't like chicken, said I was one of the best he's ever had. Thanks again!

  5. Hi Amanda! I just referenced this recipe from today's post. I'd love to try it this fall. I, too, have never done a WHOLE chicken. When you put the seasoning "inside and out"…does that mean inside the SKIN or inside the ACTUAL chicken. I'm clueless! Also, do you just put it in a baking dish (like a 9×13) uncovered in the oven?

    1. Outside the skin and inside the hole bf you put the onion in :-). I have a small rack that fits inside my glass Pyrex dish and use that. Would prob be fine without that. Good luck!

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