Cooking a whole chicken can be slightly intimidating. It is difficult to mess up when you have a good seasoning to use. Simply rub your bird with the following whole chicken rub recipe and let the oven do the rest of it work.

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Best Whole Chicken Rub Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 6


  • 3-3.5 lb Whole Chicken
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Coarse Sea Salt
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper



  • Warm oven to 400°. Prepare a 3 to 3 1/2lb chicken by removing the giblets and neck. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Spatchcock or butterfly the chicken by cutting along one side of the chicken's backbone. Open up the bird to lay flat in roasting pan. Cut along the other side to remove the backbone in its entirety.


  • Rub the chicken on all sides with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Combine and mix all spices together to create the rub. Sprinkle the chicken rub liberally until covered. Place in oven and cook for 50-75 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches a minimum of 165°F.


Optional: Place the chicken in a zip lock bag and set overnight in your refrigerator to marinate completely for 24 hours before baking.

Meal Idea:

Combine Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli Florets for a delicious meal.



  1. You’ll laugh, but I’ve always had a hard time eating chicken that looks like a chicken haha! But years ago, a whole foods chef showed me how to roast one and it was delish! I did, however, make my husband do all the prepping and also made him platter the meat of it before I could eat it. This recipe looks yummy, so I guess I’ll give it another go! Thanks for sharing!

    • Kristi, Thanks for sharing your story and experience. You can use the seasoning rub on skinless breasts as well and roast in a pan alongside some green beans and quartered potatoes.

  2. This looks so easy to make, I have never roasted a whole chicken before. With this recipe of yours, I am surely going to try it out!


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