Oregano Roasting Chicken Recipe
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Oregano Roasting Chicken Recipe

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This is a fantastic five-ingredient recipe that takes almost no time to prep for the oven. —Simple and Delicious Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 roasting chicken (6 to 7 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 601 calories, 39g fat (14g saturated fat), 199mg cholesterol, 652mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, trace fiber), 56g protein


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine butter, salad dressing mix and lemon juice. Place chicken on a rack in an ungreased roasting pan. Spoon butter mixture over chicken.
  2. Cover and bake 45 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with oregano. Bake, uncovered, 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thigh reads 170°-175°. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Oregano Roasting Chicken in Simple & Delicious September/October 2008, p16

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Nov. 12, 2015

"This was moist and delicious. I'm excited to try the Chicken Tortilla Vegetable Soup with the leftovers."

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2015

"Very tasty, I would loosen skin and rub some of the butter and seasonings on the meat for added flavor! Makes a delicious gravy too!"

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"Awesome recipe!! The flavor really stood out and the gravy was amazing over mashed potatoes. Whole family loved this dinner."

Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"This was quick and easy and tasted good. It didn't really stand out for me so I do not plan on making it again. It is good though."

Reviewed Jul. 18, 2014

"Great recipe. The chicken was moist and tasty. Next time I will season under the skin as well."

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