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🍗 Easy Whole Cooked Chicken Recipe 🍗

Looking for an easy and delicious whole cooked chicken recipe? Try this paleo-friendly recipe from Paleo Meals Direct. Get the step-by-step instructions here!

Whole Cooked Chicken

You will need:

  • whole raw chickenWhole chicken (about 4-5 lbs)
  • olive oil2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • sea salt1 tablespoon of sea salt
  • black pepper1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • paprika1 teaspoon of paprika
  • large onion1 large onion, quartered
  • garlic cloves4 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • fresh herbsA handful of fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, parsley)


  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Clean the chicken by removing the giblets and any excess fat. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
  3. Rub the chicken with olive oil. Then, season it all over with sea salt, black pepper, and paprika.
  4. Stuff the cavity of the chicken with the quartered onion, peeled garlic cloves, and fresh herbs.
  5. Place the chicken in a roasting pan, breast side up. Roast in the preheated oven for about 1.5 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh.
  6. Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for 15 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the chicken, making it more flavorful and easier to carve.


Make sure the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (74°C) to ensure it's fully cooked and safe to eat. Use a meat thermometer to check this.

There's something truly comforting about a perfectly roasted chicken. The aroma that fills your kitchen, the golden-brown skin, and the tender, juicy meat make it a beloved classic. Our Whole Cooked Chicken recipe is not only delicious but also aligns with your paleo lifestyle. It's simple, flavorful, and sure to become a staple in your meal rotation.

This recipe is a testament to the beauty of simplicity. With just a handful of ingredients, you can transform a whole chicken into a mouthwatering meal. The combination of olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, and paprika creates a flavorful crust on the chicken, while the onion, garlic, and fresh herbs stuffed inside infuse the meat with a delightful aroma and taste.

Roasting a whole chicken might seem daunting, but it's easier than you think. If you're new to this, our Ultimate Guide to Grilling Whole Chicken for Beginners can provide some helpful tips. Remember, the key to a juicy, flavorful chicken is to let it rest after roasting. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring every bite is as delicious as the last.

Once you've mastered this basic paleo chicken recipe, you can start experimenting with different flavors. Check out our Hearty Paleo Chicken Recipes for Every Occasion for inspiration. From zesty lemon and herb chicken to spicy chipotle chicken, there's a recipe to suit every palate.

And what about leftovers? If you're wondering what is the best way to reheat chicken to maintain its taste and texture, we've got you covered. Or perhaps you're looking for creative ways to repurpose your leftover chicken. In that case, our One-Stop Guide to Paleo Crockpot Recipes for a Hassle-Free Dinner offers plenty of ideas.

At Paleo Meals Direct, we believe that eating healthy doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming. Our mission is to provide you with easy-to-follow, delicious recipes that align with your dietary needs. So whether you're a seasoned paleo enthusiast or just starting your journey, we're here to support you every step of the way.