Thursday, October 25, 2012

Roasted Whole Chicken with Smoked Paprika

Whole chicken, roasted chicken, smoked paprika

There's something about the aroma of a roasting chicken on a chilly evening that makes fall so appreciated.  After months of watermelons, grilling, and salads, even I'm ready for a nice, juicy chicken.

Roasted chicken is one dish I can always count on making the kids happy.  Clean plates abound, and requests for seconds are music to my ears.  Even the pups get in on the action and enjoy a few slices with their regular fare.

Smoked Paprika

Rubbing these few ingredients onto the chicken couldn't be easier making this an ideal busy weeknight dinner.  Just before school pick up I prepare the chicken with the rub, and allow him to come to room temp as I gather the kids from school.  Popping him into the preheated oven about 4 PM, I have dinner on the table by 6, and if I've been ultra organized, the sides are already done and I have a few hours to finish up other activities (like writing blog posts!) while the chicken nearly prepares itself.

Tender, juicy and full of flavor, this chicken is sure to be a family pleaser.  The aroma alone is guaranteed to have hungry teens willingly appearing from all corners of the house and proclaiming you the best cook ever.

Whole Roasted Chicken, rubbed with smoked paprika, garlic and olive oil.

Roasted Whole Chicken with Smoked Paprika
Getting dinner on the table couldn't be easier with this juicy roasted chicken.
Recipe by Liv Life

1 whole 4 to 5 lb chicken
1 Tbs olive oil
1-2  cloves garlic
1 Tbs smoked paprika
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350º.  Rinse chicken and pat dry.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic and smoked paprika.  Rub all over chicken, including under the breast skin.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and place chicken in a shallow roasting pan.

Place into the preheated oven and roast for about one to one and a half hours, or until juices run clear and a meat thermometer registers 160º in the breast.   Begin checking for doneness at about the 1 hours point as different sizes will take different roasting times.  Enjoy!

Looking for more chicken recipes?  Try our other favorite, Whole Roasted Garlic Lemon Chicken!



  1. I totally know what you mean!! So nice to have the oven turned on and introduce warm veggies to my menu again! Love the aroma of a roasting chicken! mmmmm.. smoked paprika.. that must have tasted WONDERFUL!

  2. I don't think there's much better than the aroma of roasting chicken. It speaks of home and comfort. Those birds are absolutely perfect.

  3. OMG you roasted it to a perfect golden perfection! I love paprika on roasted chicken in fact it adds a wonderful touch to many savory dishes!

  4. That has been roasted to perfection! Love the color and flavor - just wonderful. :)

  5. That is one lovely looking chicken!! I totally wish I was nomming on this tonight!

  6. I've been toying with the idea of roasting a whole chicken for quite a while now...I've never done it! It seems so intimating at the outset, but the way you lay it out here makes me feel like I could make it happen. I can only imagine how delicious your house must smell while it roasts!

  7. Kim,
    Like you, we love roasted chicken, but haven't made it in awhile. Have to get some more Smoky Paprika, but can't wait to make this beautiful chicken.

  8. I'm a huge fan of Smoked Paprika - love putting it on everything and Roast Chicken sounds great with it!

  9. Save the wings for me, please! A roast chicken sounds good to me any time. Love the color on the skin--gosh that looks good!

  10. This was amazing! I love garlic, so I tripled it. So good! I can't wait to make stock from this!

  11. Do you cover it while it cooks?


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