Roasted Chicken With Spices

Recipe by LifeIsGood
READY IN: 1hr 30mins




  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Rinse chicken with cool water, inside and out - then pat dry with paper towels.
  • Combine the cinnamon stick, cloves, cayenne, cumin, fennel, coriander and paprika in a dry skillet over low heat and toast for a minute - just to release the fragrant oils - shake pan so spices don't scorch.
  • In a clean coffee grinder, grind the toasted spices together with the sea salt and brown sugar.
  • Massage the chicken skin with the spice rub, making sure you don't miss any spots.
  • Season the inside of the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Stuff the lemon halves, cilantro and garlic into the cavity of the chicken.
  • Place the chicken into a roasting pan, fitted with a rack, and fold the wing tips under the chicken and tie the legs together with kitchen string.
  • Drizzle oil all over chicken. If you have the time, let the chicken sit for 30 minutes to really let the flavors meld into the chicken.
  • Roast the chicken for one hour, then check with an instant read thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh - if it reads 160 degrees F, then it's done!
  • Take the chicken out of the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes before carving - so the juices can settle back into the meat.
  • Squeeze the lemon halves that have cooked inside the chicken over the meat for added wow.