• whole chicken 1, about 2 kg or 4 pounds
  • Fine salt 800 gr

Succulent Roasted Chicken is always a crow-pleasing and classic dish to serve for family and friends. With a crisp, golden skin and juicy white and brown meat, this is a no-fail recipe that happens to only need two ingredients!

Start with a whole, fresh chicken and plenty of sea salt. After about 90 minutes in the oven, you’ll have a complete dinner ready to be enjoyed! This is a perfect dish to serve during the holidays. It’s festive enough for Christmas or other wintertime gatherings.


You’ll never guess that this recipe only calls for two simple ingredients:

  • Salt. Use sea salt or kosher salt, and plenty of it. It should fully cover the bottom of your baking dish.
  • One whole chicken. Choose a plump, fresh bird and make sure to remove any giblets or other organ inside the cavity before you start roasting.

How to roast a whole chicken

This is the easiest way to roast a whole chicken. And the result is incredibly tender and juicy. Simply coat one whole bird with plenty of fine sea salt. Then place the chicken in a baking dish and roast for about 90 minutes in a 180°C oven. Let the meat rest for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Here are the step-by-step instructions with images:

First, line a baking dish with plenty of salt.

The tie a whole chicken with twine to keep the legs together.

Cover the wing tips tightly with aluminum foil.

Next, place a whole chicken on top of the salt.

Roast in the oven for 90 minutes, or until cooked through and crisp on the outside.

Let the meat rest for at least 10 minutes, then transfer to a platter and slice to serve.

How long to roast a chicken

At 180°C, you can roast this crisp chicken for 1 hour and 30 minutes. The skin will be golden and crisp. The meat should

Side dishes to serve with roast chicken

Traditional side dishes to pair with juicy roast chicken include:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Roasted sweet potatoes and other vegetables that you can bake at the same time as the chicken
  • Crisp-tender green beans
  • Green salad with vinaigrette dressing
  • Corn on the cob

You can also turn leftovers into a chilled chicken salad.

How to store cooked chicken in a refrigerator

Store your crisp and juicy roasted chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.