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Savory Rubbed Roast Chicken Recipe

Savory Rubbed Roast Chicken Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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