Oven Baked Whole Chicken

This Oven Baked Whole Chicken recipe is great and fuss free so giving you time to spend on maybe making a side salad or getting that corn-on-the-cob ready if serving it along with the chicken.

You could also make a bread cube stuffing for the chicken and fill it before roasting.

Left over chicken can easily be made into a pasta casserole dish or cut fine for chicken salad sandwiches.

The uses for left over cooked chicken are many.

A 3 1/2 lbs. frying chicken will make 5-6 servings.


  • 1 frying chicken, 3 - 3 1/2 lbs.
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • seasoning salt and pepper to taste
  • bread cube stuffing or turkey stuffing recipe, optional


  • Preheat oven to 450F.
  • Rinse chicken inside and out, discard giblets or save for another use.
  • Pat chicken dry.
  • Sprinkle the inside with about 1 tsp. season salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper.
  • Rub chicken with oil.
  • Sprinkle with season salt and pepper.
  • Place breast down on a rack in roasting pan.
  • Place in 450F oven, lower heat immediately to 350F.
  • Roast chicken 20 min. per pound, about 1 hour to 1 hr. 20 min.
  • Baste with pan drippings if desired.
  • Turn chicken breast up for the last 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, let rest for 10-15 minutes.

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