Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This will be very brown and crispy, the juiciest chicken you ever ate! Simple and so good!


  1. Wash and season chicken.
  2. Place in a baking pan sprayed with Pam.
  3. Place chicken breast side down in a 425* preheated oven.
  4. Do not cover it.
  5. Do not open oven door once you put it in!
  6. Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  7. Take out of oven and let sit for 10 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

We don't eat a lot of chicken in our house (big red meat-eaters!). I have made this twice now in 2 weeks, once with a 6.5lb chicken and then with a 3lb chicken. I seasoned it with the s&p, and some Weber's Garlic & Herb Seasoning. I placed it breast side down, as stated....and left it alone in the oven. No peeking, no basting? I LOVE this recipe! I did buy myself a hot-lick meat thermometer last month to survive the Christmas ham, and I used it both times instead of timing it. The 6.5lb took somewhere around 1hr 45 min, the 3lb about an hour. I take them out when internal temp reaches 175 deg, and it raises 5 deg while it rests for a perfect 180 degs. The kitchen gets a little smokey, but the chicken is fantastic!

Rhi's Mama January 18, 2011

My family loves this chicken. I've been making my chicken this way for a little over a year now. Very delicious and very easy to prepare. The only change I make is that I don't put my chicken in breast side down. I always put my chicken breast side up. It's one of the few ways I can get my DS to eat meat!! My DS loves the skin and I tell him he has to eat his chicken first before he can have the skin.

Nikki Kate March 29, 2007

I watched this recipe being demonstrated on the Sara Moulton show and this site is the only one that comes even close to the actual show and not what I have been seeing in other recipe sites. The actual temp of the oven was 500 and the chicken was slathered in butter, salted, peppered and cooked breast side down for the first half of cooking. The reason: To keep the breast from drying out! This is a great recipe and will now try it with a 6 lb bird.

marie7664_12785451 December 26, 2012

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