Best Way to Roast a Chicken
In this post, I will show you how to make gluten-free roast chicken. It’s fairly simple and also dairy-free. I must admit for years I was terrified of cooking a whole chicken. Once I tried it, I realized how simple and delicious it actually is.
Follow the steps below and let’s get started.
Place whole chicken on a cutting board, then pat dry with a paper towel.
Discard the giblet bag placed inside the cavity.
Remove the skin and tops of the legs to expose the bone.
Coat the entire chicken with 1-2 tablespoons dairy-free butter, then lightly coat with sea salt.
Prepare the herbs. Place herbs, salt, and pepper in a small bowl, then add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix together.
Rub the herb mixture over the entire chicken and coat evenly.
Using kitchen twine, tie the legs together by wrapping the twine around the legs. Flip, then wrap around the wings and secure with a knot.
Place prepared chicken in a large roasting pan. Bake uncovered for about 1 hour.
Once it’s finished, allow the chicken to rest for about 5-10 minutes before slicing. I like to serve this with my Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe.
Gluten-Free Roast Chicken
- Large roasting pan
- Cutting board
- Large knife
- Kitchen twine
- Small mixing bowl
- Measuring spoons
- Paper towels
- 1 whole Chicken (3-5 lbs) I prefer to use organic chicken.
- 1-2 tablespoons Dairy-Free Butter at room temperature or softened I use Earth Balance
- 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 tablespoon each Fresh Rosemary, Thyme, and Sage You can also use dried herbs
- 1 pinch Sea Salt and Extra for lightly coating the chicken
- 1/8 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Unwrap the chicken and place it on a cutting board.
- Using a paper towel pat the entire chicken dry.
- Remove the giblet bag inside the cavity of the chicken and discard.
- Using a large knife, remove the skin and top part of each leg to expose the bone.
- Using your fingers, lightly coat the entire chicken with 1-2 tablespoons of dairy-free butter.
- Sprinkle the entire chicken lightly with sea salt.
- Next, prepare the herbs. If using fresh herbs, finely chop them up and then add them to a small mixing bowl.
- Add in the salt, and pepper with the herbs.
- Then add in 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Mix the herbs and oil together.
- Rub the herb mixture over the entire chicken making sure to coat it evenly.
- Using a long piece of kitchen twine, tie the legs together by wrapping the twine around the legs. While holding the twine secure, flip the chicken, then wrap the twine around the wings. Secure it with a knot.
- Place the prepared chicken in a large roasting pan with the legs up.
- Bake uncovered for 1 hour & 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let the chicken rest in the pan for an additional 10 minutes.
- Remove from the pan. Place on a cutting board. Unwrap and discard the twine.
- Slice. Serve and Enjoy!
What is Roasting?
Roasting is a method of cooking in which dry heat and hot air swirl together to surround the food and allows it to cook evenly on all sides.
What’s the Difference Between Roasting and Baking?
Roasting and baking differ in the temperature of the oven and in the foods used for each method. Roasting uses an oven temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit and higher. Foods that have a solid structure such as meats and vegetables are roasted.
Baking uses an oven temperature of 375 degrees Fahrenheit and lower. Foods that have no structure to start with such as cookies, cakes, and muffins are baked.
How Do You Roast a Chicken Without Drying It Out?
To prevent the chicken from drying out coat it with extra virgin olive oil or butter before baking. Rub the oil or butter evenly coating the entire chicken. This adds moisture to the chicken and allows any seasoning to stick better.
Is Store-Bought Rotisserie Chicken Gluten-Free?
Sometimes if you’re in a rush and need dinner quickly buying a store-bought chicken may seem like a good option. I get it. But beware, not all store-bought rotisserie chickens are gluten-free or dairy-free. In fact, most are not. The chicken itself is gluten-free, but because of the preparation methods, cross-contamination may occur.
NOTE: If you shop at Costco or Sam’s Club, both stores do sell gluten-free rotisserie chickens. It’s stated directly on the labels.
I hope you consider trying this recipe. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how simple it is. Why not give it a try for dinner tonight?
Remember, I’m here to help if you need it. Just leave me a question in the comments and I will answer.
Blessings, Laura xo