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Paleo Roast Chicken {Whole30 Roast Chicken}

Learn the secrets to making the perfect Paleo Roast Chicken each and every time. This dry brined chicken is hands down the best chicken you will ever make. Perfect for a Sunday meal or as part of weekly meal prep, you’ll love this juicy and flavorful Whole30 roast chicken.

paleo roast chicken on a white plate with herbs and lemon

Gaaaaaaah. This paleo roasted chicken. I’m sorry. Let me collect myself. I need to act like a professional here.

Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! It’s so freaking good, you guys. Assuming, of course, you have a thing for perfectly roasted chicken that makes you feel like you’re a complete boss in the kitchen.

Oh, you do? Excellent.

This recipe is based on the Very Classic Dry Brine Roast Turkey recipe from Bon Appetit which makes the best turkey you have ever truly had. I’ve adapted it to our tastes and for making a much smaller bird.

If you have tried to roast chicken before and were disappointed with the results, this is the recipe for you. You’re going to freaking rock this chicken.

Bawk, Rockin’, Meats <—- little known Chemical Brothers song.

And since you can’t just serve roasted chicken by itself, go ahead and whip up a batch of Air Fryer Asparagus, Blistered Shishito Peppers, or Baked Cauliflower Patties.

For fast sides, check out these Easy Instant Pot Sides and Air Fryer Vegetable Recipes.

What Is Dry Brining?

Dry brining is a super-easy method for ensuring the juiciest chicken/turkey ever. You use salt to draw out the moisture in the meat. At first glance, that seems like a guaranteed way to serve dry chicken, but stay with me here!

You allow the salt to sit on the chicken for at least 12 hours. It initially will pull the moisture up to the surface of the chicken…but then something magical happens.

That moisture then mixes with the salt and goes back down into the meat. You’re essentially marinating this bird in a continuous cycle of awesome food science. 

How long does it take to roast a whole chicken?

Each oven is different, but on average it takes me about 65-85 minutes to roast a chicken in my (very basic, low grade) oven. A roasted chicken is fully cooked when a meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees in the thickest part of the thigh.

Do you cover a chicken when roasting in the oven?

For best results (read: crispy, juicy skin!) cook the chicken uncovered in the oven. If your oven tends to run hot and the top of the chicken is getting too crispy, loosely tent a piece of foil over the top in the final stages of cooking.

Can you roast chicken in a slow cooker?

Absolutely! Follow the dry brine prep steps listed in the recipe card below. Place halved potatoes, cabbage, carrots, and/or other veggies in the base of the slow cooker. Place two tablespoons of butter in the cavity of the chicken. Add 1 cup of stock/water to the slow cooker and place the chicken on top of the veggies.

Cook on low for 5-6 hours or until the internal temp of the chicken is 165 degrees. All slow cookers are different so this is a recipe best made the first time when you are home to monitor. Baste occasionally with the juices in the crockpot if you so choose.

You can transfer to a baking sheet and place under the broiler on low for 3-5 minutes (watch closely!) to crisp the skin up.

Can you roast chicken in an Instant Pot?

Yes! But please understand that the Instant Pot does a great job cooking things but a poor job in giving you crispy and brown skin. If you want a whole chicken cooked for soup meat or sandwiches, the Instant Pot is an awesome choice.

For a tender Instant Pot roasted chicken, follow the dry brine prep steps listed in the recipe card below. Set your Instant Pot to Saute and add 1 tsp of butter/ghee/or oil to the pot. Place chicken breast-side down in the pot for 3 minutes. Remove from pot.

Either place the trivet or veggies in the bottom of the Instant Pot, add 1 cup of chicken broth or water to the pot, and the chicken on top of the trivet/veg. Cook for 25 minutes on manual high pressure. Use a natural release (15 ish minutes) instead of a quick release to lock the moisture in the meat.

You can transfer to a baking sheet and place under the broiler on low for 3-5 minutes (watch closely!) to crisp the skin up.

How to Make Paleo Roast Chicken – step by step

  1. Remove all parts that may be in the cavity of your chicken. Rub the whole chicken down with the kosher salt. Place in a bowl or roasting pan and loosely tent with foil. Place in the fridge for at least 12 hours, or up to two days.
  2. One hour prior to cooking, remove the chicken from the fridge and carefully rinse all the salt from the body. I prefer to keep my water running low so as to not splash the raw “chickenness” around my sink. Let sit at room temperature for 50 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  4. Place chicken in a dutch oven or roasting pan. Tuck some fresh rosemary around the legs for an extra special flavor. If you have a small rack that fits in your baking pan, rest the chicken on it. If you don’t, you can simply use two rings from mason jars to prop up the neck side of the chicken. The goal is to make sure the heat hits the chicken the same at all points for perfect even roasting. Bake for 35 minutes.process shots for making paleo roasted chicken
  5. While the chicken is roasting, mix ghee, herbs, and garlic in a small saucepan. Heat on low until melted.
  6. After 35 minutes, reduce oven temp to 350 degrees. Pour the butter and herb mixture over the chicken and place back in the oven. Baste in 10 minutes.Liquid basting process shots for making paleo roasted chicken
  7. Continue to cook the chicken until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees in the fattest part of the thigh keeping the tip off of the bone. (That’s what she said). For me, it means a total of about 30-40ish minutes after the oven temp has been reduced.
  8. Allow the chicken to rest 10 minutes before carving.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes For Perfect Paleo Roast Chicken

  • Feel free to nestle some potatoes, carrot chunks, or other veg in the roasting pan while the chicken is cooking. This makes it an awesome one-pot meal! Even better, add some pressure cooker caramelized onions for amazing flavor!
  • I know 2 tbsp of kosher salt sounds like a lot, but it will all be rinsed off prior to cooking!a paleo roasted chicken being carved

What to Do With Leftover Chicken

If you want to be a total meal prep boss, cook two chickens at once. Not only will it give you extra food for the main meal, but you’ll have loads of extra cooked chicken for other recipes like:

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Paleo Roast Chicken WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving of Paleo Roasted Chicken has 3 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

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Paleo Roasted Chicken {Whole30 Roasted Chicken}
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins
Brine Time
12 hrs
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
 

Learn the secrets to making the perfect Paleo Roast Chicken each and every time. This dry brined chicken is hands down the best Whole30 roast chicken you will ever make.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken dinner, roasted chicken, sunday dinner
Servings: 5
Calories: 371 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Remove all parts that may be in the cavity of your chicken. Rub the whole chicken down with the kosher salt. Place in a bowl or roasting pan and loosely tent with foil. Place in the fridge for at least 12 hours, or up to two days.

  2. One hour prior to cooking, remove the chicken from the fridge and carefully rinse all the salt from the body. Let sit at room temperature for 50 minutes.

  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place rack in lower third of the oven.

  4. Place chicken in a dutch oven or roasting pan. Tuck some fresh rosemary around the legs for an extra special flavor. If you have a small rack that fits in your baking pan, rest the chicken on it. If you don't, you can simply use two rings from mason jars to prop up the neck side of the chicken. The goal is to make sure the heat hits the chicken the same at all points for perfect even roasting. Bake for 35 minutes.

  5. While the chicken is roasting, mix butter (or ghee), herbs, and garlic in a small saucepan. Heat on low until melted.

  6. After 35 minutes, reduce oven temp to 350 degrees. Pour the butter and herb mixture over the chicken and place back in the oven. Baste in 10 minutes.

  7. Continue to cook the chicken until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees in the fattest part of the thigh keeping the tip off of the bone. For me, it means a total of about 30-40ish minutes after the oven temp has been reduced.

  8. Allow the chicken to rest 10 minutes before carving.

Recipe Notes

Need to make more or less of the recipe? Click and slide the "servings" number on the recipe card and the ingredients will adjust as needed. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

 

Feel free to nestle some potatoes, carrot chunks, or other veg in the roasting pan while the chicken is cooking. This makes it an awesome one-pot meal!

 

If you want to be a total meal prep boss, cook two chickens at once. Not only will it give you extra food for the main meal, but you'll have loads of extra cooked chicken for other recipes

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Roasted Chicken {Whole30 Roasted Chicken}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 371 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 126mg42%
Sodium 150mg7%
Potassium 287mg8%
Carbohydrates 0g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 465IU9%
Vitamin C 3.1mg4%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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20 comments on “Paleo Roast Chicken {Whole30 Roast Chicken}”

  1. This is equally weeknight dinner, and dinner party perfect! The salting and refrigerating for 12 hours is the hardest step. The leftovers (should you have any) are great next day for lunch to top a salad or to make a yummy sandwich! My entire family gave this a thumbs up!

  2. I am curious about the “dry brine”, because I now cook all my steaks that way( especially if it’s 1-2” thick! I usually rub them with a tablespoon or so of salt, leave them out at room temperature for 1-1 1/2 hours, then lightly rinse off, pat dry, then do a reverse sear- slow oven temp(220-250) , when your meat thermometer reads 10-15’ less than your done temp, take out @ put into a medium-high cast iron pan for 40 seconds to minute per side while spooning your butter or oil butter mix on your steak, after getting all sides I let rest for couple minutes to get even juicier! I find this is the best way to get a juicy steak that is cooked evenly & perfect every time! No GUESS work, especially on thicker cuts like rib eye or strip steak👍

    • Sounds delicious Rick! We only grill steak but this method sounds amazing.

      Dry brining roasted chicken and turkey is totally the way to go and so much less messy than a bucket of brine.

  3. I made the perfect Roast Chicken about a week ago. I had bought the organic chicken (2) from Costco because I wanted to use all the chicken and make broth also. Fanny-tastic turnout…. I have been using the chicken all week in different recipes also. Still tastes fresh… Great post and thank you Sarah for sharing the recipe …. gonna keep on making it this way.

    Steph

  4. Sounds delicious! I always brine my pork chops but forget about brining chicken.

  5. Haha! Chemical Brothers. Many years ago, my husband tried to induce labor by blasting Chemical Brothers at my belly. He hope the low end rumblies do it’s thing and the kid would magically be born on Halloween. The kid duly ignored the request and did her own thing almost 2 weeks later.

    • Hee hee, I was wondering if anyone would pick up on that! You get a gold star.

      Was her due date on Halloween or was he just trying to be cute with a desired birthday?

  6. If I left this in the oven for 2 hours, do you think irreparable damage would be done? I’m looking for more “Sunday dinner” recipes I can put in the oven before leaving for church, and they’re all roasty and deliciuos when I get home. (Like my grandma’s roast beef!)

    • I think it would be ok. Perhaps a little dry, but ok. Our oven has a “cook time” function, where the oven turns off after the timer that you set goes off. If you have that option, it might work out.

  7. I made it tonight and it was great!!! I have the bones in a container to make my chicken broth tomorrow. We had a very small container of leftovers so that I can make some fried rice and a chicken pizza 🙂 Thanks for the great recipe!! I know that I am going to try it again soon.

  8. Like the first post, I make my chicken like this too, except for the smoked paprika part! Yum. Will try immediately!
    I have to say though, I snickered a little at your suggestion to save the leftovers for another meal AND soup! Leftovers????? Never heard of them!!
    Ah, the joys of growing children…..

  9. I have tried a ton of different recipes for roast chicken but it sounds like this is the one that I am making this week!! Thanks for the great idea 🙂 I am saving it right now!!!

  10. You’re not going to believe this. Besides the smoked paprika, this is exactly how I make a Roasted chicken. I also gring up a clove of garlic and smear it under the skin.