How to roast a juicy chicken with crispy skin is quite simple. Roasted chicken might sound intimidating at first but it is among the most simple weekend dinners I make. The only thing it needs is time. This is normally when I indulge in a potato with my chicken, nothing beats salted sweet potato wedges to go with a juicy chicken so this meal is never more then once a month or even every other month as I can’t help myself.

How to Roast a Juicy Chicken with Crispy Skin

The first thing I did was to preheat my oven to 450°F

In order to get the skin crispy I wiped it down with a paper towel. If the skin is damp it will not crisp up.

How to Roast a Juicy Chicken with Crispy Skin

I cut down 4 cloves of garlic in very rough pieces. There was no need to chop them up as they were going into the chicken.

How to Roast a Juicy Chicken with Crispy Skin

Then I gently inserted the garlic and half a stick of butter up the chicken’s rear (out of respect of the bird). Or just stuff it in there, whatever your method is, it will work!

How to Roast a Juicy Chicken with Crispy Skin

I gave the chicken a generous helping of salt and pepper and about 1/2 tsp of dried rosemary. This will taste amazing on the crispy skin. Rosemary is my favorite spice to go with chicken. If I have fresh rosemary on hand it would go in with the filling as well. Unfortunately I was out this time.

How to Roast a Juicy Chicken with Crispy Skin

I then add a half a cup of water into the pan. I like to use the juices to make a gravy to go with the meal and the water helps keep the juices from sticking to the pan.

How to Roast a Juicy Chicken with Crispy Skin

That’s it for preparation. I put the chicken in 450°F oven for 15 minutes. During those 15 minutes I dusted off my elementary school math. As I have said before I don’t like to stick my meat with thermometer even though it is a more precise method, I’m paranoid over all the juices to leave the meat if I do, so I use timing instead. For chicken the formula is 15 minutes at 450°F then lower the temperature to 375°F and cook the bird 20 minutes per pound. That made 79 minutes for my 3.95 lbs chicken. (20*3.95=79). Now you can never say again that math is useless! I have made my chicken this way for years and the end result is always juicy chicken with crispy skin that is perfectly cooked.

How to Roast a Juicy Chicken with Crispy Skin

 A gourmet dinner in just a few simple steps. And don’t forget to enjoy the crispy skin with all it’s delicious animal fat!


How to Roast a Juicy Chicken with Crispy Skin
Serves 4
A delicious juicy roast chicken with crispy skin
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  1. 1 whole chicken
  2. 4 cloves garlic
  3. 4 tbsp real grass fed butter
  4. 1/2 - 1 tsp dried rosemary
  5. salt and pepper to taste
  6. 1/2 cup water
  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Dab the chicken dry with a paper towel - this will make the skin crispy.
  3. Roughly chop the garlic cloves in half to open them up.
  4. Insert the butter and garlic into the chicken.
  5. Rub the salt, pepper and rosemary on the skin of the chicken.
  6. Pour the 1/2 cup of water into the pan.
  7. Insert the chicken into the oven for 15 minutes.
  8. Lower the heat to 375F and cook the chicken for 20 minutes pr/pound.
  9. Let sit for 10 minutes before carving.
  10. Enjoy!
  1. If you aren't sure how to do the math, my chicken was 3.95 lbs so I simply did 20*3.95=79. So I knew that my chicken needed to be in the oven for 79 minutes after the 15 minutes on high heat.
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2 Thoughts on “How to Roast a Juicy Chicken with Crispy Skin

  1. Amber on April 7, 2014 at 3:44 pm said:

    Just stumbled across your site and all your pictures and recipes are to die for! I have a whole chicken in my fridge just waiting to be roasted and I think I know who’s recipe I’m going to follow now! I just started LCHF the beginning of this month and so far I feel wonderful! Thanks for the lovely post.

  2. Thank you Amber, let me know how it goes and good luck on the lchf journey, it most certainly has worked well for my family, we are feeling so much better and more energetic!

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