Whole Roasted Chicken

Whole Roasted Chicken 

Recipe from  Ed Kernan

Whole Roasted Chicken

I love a whole roasted chicken for a whole host of reasons. To start, buying a whole bird is significantly more affordable than buying a chicken in parts. Why pay a butcher tax when you could just buy a good chef’s knife?! Roasts are great for family dinner, yield amazing leftovers, and can be prepared in so many ways. Whether you’re doing a simple buttermilk brine or an exceptionally seasoned dry rub, as this recipe calls for, you’re going to be full and happy. Prepare this recipe directly in your Wonder Oven™ on warm summer nights when you don't feel like turning your oven on. Pro tip: Keep the bones. Once picked over, you can use them to make stock. See? I told you the full bird was a good investment. See, I told you a whole bird was a good investment. 

Prep time

4.5 hours

Cook time

1 hour


4 to 6

What You'll Need


  • 1 whole chicken, approximately 2 kilograms
  • 1 shallot, quartered
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 1 to 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, lightly crushed
  • Avocado or grapeseed oil
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½ teaspoon sweet smoked Spanish paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard powder


Step 1

Remove chicken from packaging. Pat dry, then stuff the cavity with paper towels, set on a platter or dish, and place uncovered in the fridge for at least 4 hours.

Step 2

30 minutes prior to cooking, remove the chicken from the fridge and remove paper towels. In a small bowl, mix together all the spices. 

Step 3

Preheat the oven to 160°C on Roast.

Step 4

Rub the chicken with a light coating of oil, about 1 to 2 teaspoons, then rub the spice mix all over the chicken. Sprinkle some of the spice mix in the cavity and place the shallot, lemon, crushed garlic cloves, and rosemary in the cavity. (Optional: Truss the chicken with twine. This will help the chicken cook more evenly but is not necessary.)

Step 5

Lightly grease the bake pan with oil, then place the chicken on it, and put in the oven on the bottom rack position. Cook for 20 minutes.

Step 6

Raise the temperature to 175°C and cook for another 10 minutes.

Step 7

Change the oven mode to Bake and raise the temperature to 190°C. Continue to cook for another 20 to 30 minutes until the internal temperature of the chicken is 71°C. (Note: If the top of the chicken begins to get too dark, add 10 mL [2 teaspoons] of water into the water inlet.)

Step 8

Remove chicken from the oven and let rest for 20 to 30 minutes before carving.

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