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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homemadewithlove 254066
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2016 Edited Sep. 15, 2016

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

Angel182009 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 222126
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2015

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

Whozanne 197535
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

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

kleescraga 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 150904
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

"So good!"

jess.p 118993
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

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

ladbank 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."

cwainwright 192705
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2012

"Everyone I've made this for has loved it!"

jewels82 195713
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2012

"love it so simple!"

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