Roast Chicken With Italian Seasonings

"Several years ago, I noticed a post on some random cooking site asking for help with dry roast chicken. Someone suggested the 'flipping' method described below. I've been using it ever since, and it works! The actual recipe is a very basic one I found in a little paperback book at the grocery. You can replace the Italian seasonings with any others you prefer, but I think you'll find the general method gives great results. Exact cooking time will vary somewhat according to weight, of course."
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Ready In:
1hr 25mins




  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Cut onions into thick slices (approximately 1/2").
  • Using a broiler pan with rack in place, lay onion slices on rack to form a'bed' on which the chicken will sit.
  • (The rack will allow excess grease to run off; the onions will impart nice flavor and will prevent chicken from sticking.).
  • Remove giblets from cavity of chicken; rinse well with cold water and pat dry.
  • Using a pastry brush (or your hands), coat entire outside of chicken lightly but thoroughly with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle with salt, pepper and Italian seasonings (amounts given above are just general guidelines listed in the original recipe-- it's better to sprinkle evenly all over rather than trying to measure exactly).
  • Place chicken on top of onion slices BREAST SIDE DOWN; cook for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven; reduce temperature setting to 400 degrees F.
  • Carefully turn chicken over so that the breast side is facing up; return to oven for an additional 45 minutes, or until done.
  • Allow to rest 10 minutes before carving (IMPORTANT STEP!).

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  1. I followed the recipe EXACTLY as written but had to move the chicken and onions from the broiler pan into a regular roasting pan after the first 30 minutes of cooking... The amount of smoke generated while using the broiler pan was incredibly alarming! I've never seen anything like it. I don't know if it was because of my particular pan, or my oven (mine is electric), but that is the reason for my 3 star review. The chicken itself did come out rather tasty and was quite moist. I would recommend this recipe - just use a roasting pan instead (if not have your extinguisher ready!!).
  2. This is just so darned good. I had this with Kittencal's parmesan risotto and it was an amazing dinner. Thanks!
  3. This is a great chicken. I loved the flavor the onions added to the roasted chicken. Like another reviewer mentioned, I too added a little bit of thyme to season it up a litte more.
  4. My girlfriend and I were looking for a good chicken recipe, and being Italian, this one stuck out for me. We used Italian Seasoning on ours to get a nice blend of all the different seasonings. The chicken turned out very moist and had great flavor too. We were very pleased with the results! We had some mashed potatoes and fresh steamed carrots to go with it. Thanks for sharing! Mike
  5. Lovely Sunday chicken and so easy! Great flavour with the Italian spices and the olive oil, I used light, really made a wonderful crisp skin. I made gravy with the drippings and served the chicken with mashed potatos, the gravy and applesauce filled acorn squash. Thanks for posting I will be making this again.


  1. I really love the flipping method it really produced a nice moist chicken. I used fresh rosemary and garlic in place of the Italian spices and it tasted great! Thanks a bunch for posting highcotton....


Forgive me, but I must go on a rant here. You see, what I love is cooking. What I HATE is unfair reviews! * If you despise one of the major ingredients, why in the devil would you prepare it? * If you haven't made it/tasted it, what on earth would make you think your input is valuable? * If your grocery doesn't have something or it's not in your pantry, how assinine is it for you to say, "I deducted a star because I couldn't find/didn't have (fill in the blank)"? * If you have young children and the recipe includes hot seasonings, how stupid is it for you to say "It was so spicy my kids couldn't eat it"??? * If your review reads something like "My whole family went berserk they loved this so much and they've demanded that I serve it at least once a month!", how can you possibly feel comfortable that you gave the recipe 4 stars? * If your every instinct tells you there's too much salt, too much garlic, too much hot sauce, too much whatever for your family's taste, why don't you just use your common sense and cut back instead of telling us it was too salty, too garlicky, too spicy, too whatever? * If you're a food snob, how fair is it for you to rate a recipe that calls for 'cream of --' soup or garlic powder or margarine or dried parsley flakes and say it didn't come up to expectations? * If you regularly use 'cream of --' soup and have never bought a head of garlic or a fresh bunch of Italian parsley in your life, how fair is it for you to substitute commercial products for fresh and say you were disappointed in the results? * If you limit/eliminate your intake of certain food products, whether for physical or philosophical reasons, what makes you think you have the right to try to impose your restrictions on the rest of us? * If you've never shared a recipe, why should your opinion of ours matter? * If you're from Texas and automatically give 1* reviews for chili recipes that include beans, may I suggest you get over yourself? * Last, but most assuredly not least, if the 'zaar program that does the calorie counting screws up, does it really make you feel good to slam the recipe poster? Just askin'... So, what do I think constitutes a fair review? Here's my take on the issue... 1) I try to judge a recipe 'in context'. If it requires a special trip to a gourmet food market... and if the ingredients cost a bundle... and if I have to spend a lot of time and effort preparing it... well, yeah, I hold it to a higher standard. In that case, it needs to be perfection itself to rate 5*. On the other hand, if a dish is quick and easy and fairly inexpensive, and everybody goes back for seconds and tells me how much they enjoyed their dinner -- well, I have no problem giving that recipe an excellent rating as well. Comparing dinner party possibilities with weeknight family meals is a silly apples/oranges thing. There are 5* dishes in *both* categories! 2) Some seasonings are super-personal. Salt, garlic and spicy things are probably the source of more negative comments on this site than anything else. Tone it down -- or ramp it up -- based on your intimate knowledge of your family's tastes. If any of the above are slightly too much/too little for us, I do not deduct a star. After all, the poster wasn't at fault -- my judgment was. (I do make an exception if the given amount of an ingredient is way over the top and really ruins it...) 3) I am willing to admit that I might be at fault. If a recipe has 8 great reviews but it was a flop for me, should I rush to submit a poor rating -- or should I maybe consider that it was slightly above my skill level? Or that maybe I misread the directions? Or maybe mismeasured the ingredients? If my results were totally at odds with several other reviewers', I make the dish a second time to be sure. 4) Hurt feelings are not good. Most of my reviews are extremely positive. If you think I go overboard with 4* and 5* reviews, let me assure you that I have tried many, many more recipes on this site than those for which I have submitted a critique. If it's just goshawful, yes, I'll say so. If a recipe was submitted by one of the superstar chefs around here and I find it to be seriously lacking, I don't hesitate to post negative comments. But to say hateful things about a recipe that some newbie just posted? Oh, that is sooo lame!! 5) The "authenticity" thing leaves me cold. Who cares if your Polish (or Ukranian or Italian or German) grandmother wouldn't have been caught dead using a certain ingredient in an ethnic dish? Hey, maybe her grandmother came from a different part of Poland (or the Ukraine or Italy or Germany) where using it was common. Imho, the only criterion on which it should be judged is taste. 6) And then there's the matter of substitutions. Hmmm... Debatable. For the most part, I think that if the substitution (or elimination) of an ingredient works, then it's fine to post stars. Just indicates that the recipe is adaptable to personal tastes/needs. But if the result is negative, I think it's only fair to post a 'comment', without stars.
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