Savory Rubbed Roast Chicken Recipe
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Savory Rubbed Roast Chicken Recipe

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In general, procedures for roasting meat apply to poultry, too. That means if you use a dry rub on a steak, a dry rub will benefit a chicken. A blend of paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and cayenne go on the skin and inside the cavity for a bright, spicy roast chicken. —Margaret Cole, Imperial, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 2 hours + standing
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 2 hours + standing
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 roasting chicken (6 to 7 pounds)
  • 1 large onion, cut into wedges

Nutritional Facts

4 ounces cooked chicken: 272 calories, 16g fat (4g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 284mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, mix the first eight ingredients.
  2. Pat chicken dry and place on a rack in a roasting pan, breast side up. Rub seasoning mixture over the outside and inside of chicken. Place onion inside cavity. Tuck wings under chicken; tie drumsticks together.
  3. Roast 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°. (Cover loosely with foil if chicken browns too quickly.) Remove chicken from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before carving. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Savory Rubbed Roast Chicken in Taste of Home February/March 2012, p31

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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marianne User ID: 9049672 261937
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2017

"Simple and delicious! I didn't have a white onion so I used 1/2 red onion and a small orange dredged in a little of the rub inside of the cavity. Served with roasted baby potatoes, brussel sprouts and asparagus (Rosemary olive oil and a splash of lavender basalmic) sooo good!"

lvarner User ID: 35803 256089
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2016

"This was excellent! I loved the rub and the chicken was tender, tasty, and delicious as well as relatively eeasy to make. This recipe is a winner! My husband and I lvoed it."

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 254066
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2016 Edited Sep. 15, 2016

"Excellent rub for chicken! Well received by family."

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 241721
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2016

"I changed things up a bit in this recipes l. I left out the onion bit doubled the onion powder and I cooked this in my pressure cooker. It cooked perfectly in it and literally fell apart when I pulled it out of there. So tender and moist. This is a great roasting recipe. Simple and easy to follow."

gidget57 User ID: 8280899 222126
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2015

"Excellent chicken with this Rub. So tasty and tender."

Whozanne User ID: 7139162 197535
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"Good but will definitely put seasoning under the skin too next time."

kleescraga User ID: 3865772 150910
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2013

"I used the rub for roasting chicken on the rotisserie. Added a tad lemon zest to the ingredients; rubbed between skin and breast, thighs, legs and inside. Flavor was pleasing, skin crispy. Also added flavor to broth made from carcass."

kteana User ID: 394811 150904
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

"So good!"

jess.p User ID: 6894305 118993
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"This is just wonderful!! My husband said it was the BEST chicken I've ever made!!"

ladbank User ID: 5873185 212712
Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"I've always loved roasting whole chickens and thought my recipe was the salt, fresh herbs, lemon until I tried this one! My husband was beside himself! This is the best roast chicken recipe I have ever come across! I hope the subscriber who submitted it reads this! Absolutely fabulous! I will make it again and again. Also, delicious the next day."

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