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Savory Rubbed Roast Chicken

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


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, mix the first eight ingredients.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
4 ounces cooked chicken: 272 calories, 16g fat (4g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 284mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein.

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  • Robert
    May 18, 2018

    This was vary delecious. thank you for proven receipt

  • marianne
    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
    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
    Sep 13, 2016

    Excellent rub for chicken! Well received by family.

  • Angel182009
    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
    Mar 5, 2015

    Excellent Chicken with this Rub. So tasty and tender.

  • Whozanne
    Oct 27, 2013

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

  • kleescraga
    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.

  • tigerlilie05
    May 18, 2013

    No comment left

  • kteana
    Nov 27, 2012

    So good!