Fall off the Bone Chicken

READY IN: 13hrs
Recipe by EdsGirlAngie

This one takes a little time, but it's worth it! Get the plumpest chicken you can find, let it soak up the spice mix overnight, then slowly roast it uncovered ... the meat will literally fall off the bones, it's so tender. Prep time includes overnight seasoning in the fridge.

Top Review by Carrie!

Im sorry but I found that even with basting the bird the cooking time was way too long - the chicken was fall of the bone but also very dried out. Perhaps my oven thermostat is to blame?

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. After rinsing, drying and removing giblets, refresh the chicken cavity with a couple of good squeezes of lemon juice.
  2. Place onion half in the chicken cavity.
  3. Combine salt, paprika, thyme, onion powder, peppers and garlic powder in a plastic zipper bag; place chicken in bag and coat it thoroughly with the spice mixture; really rub it into the skin; let chicken season in the bag, refrigerated overnight.
  4. The next day, let chicken warm up slightly; preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  5. Remove chicken from zipper bag and place chicken in a roasting pan, breast side up, and roast uncovered at 325 degrees for the first hour; then reduce heat to 275 degrees F and continue to roast uncovered at that temperature for another 3-1/2 to 4 hours, basting at least twice in that time.
  6. To test for doneness, try moving a chicken leg; it will move freely and when poked, juices will run clear.
  7. When done, remove chicken and let stand for at least 5 minutes, then carve and serve!

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