Mama's Secret Roast Chicken

READY IN: 1hr 45mins
Recipe by Mayas Mama

my mother use to make this all the time when I was young. it's the best roast chicken I've ever had. I know you'll enjoy it. you can also use this recipe for chicken pieces rather than a whole chicken if you wish

Top Review by Montana Heart Song

Great! The cooking time was quicker than stated. I did put a bay leaf in the water because I wanted some broth to make a sauce. I did add water twice. This is a no fuss recipe and a recipe you could prepare the chicken ahead of time, wrap with plastic wrap and then cook the following day. The chicken was very moist. Thanks for posting. I served the broth/gravy with noodles.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Make sure the giblets and neck are removed from the chickens cavity before starting.
  3. On a cutting board have the chicken breast down.
  4. With meat cutters or a sharp knife cut the chicken length wise threw the ribcage.
  5. You should now be able to flatten out the whole chicken.
  6. In a strainer pour half the vinegar over the skin of the chicken. then pour the remainder of the vinegar over the interior of the chicken.
  7. Rinse the chicken in COLD water.
  8. Pat dry.
  9. Put the chicken aside.
  10. In a food processor. grate the onion then mix in the salt, black pepper and thyme.
  11. In a roasting pan place the chicken breast side down.
  12. Spoon about 1/3 of the onion mixture onto the under side of the chicken and spread it out evenly.
  13. Turn the chicken over.
  14. Lift the skin of the chicken and spoon in the remainder of the onion mixture. again try to even out the onion distribution as much as possible.
  15. Pour some water in the base of the roasting pan to prevent the chicken from drying. (you may add more later if you feel the chicken needs it).
  16. Place the chicken in the oven for 90 minutes or until golden brown all over and the juices run clear.
  17. Once the chicken is cooked all the way through allow it to rest for 15 minutes before serving.

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