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Oven-Baked Whole Chicken

January 11, 2023 • 0 comments

Oven-Baked Whole Chicken
I usually make whole chickens in the crock pot. It's so simple and easy to get started in the morning. Today, I decided to try something new and throw it in the oven instead! Gotta love that oven-baked crispy skin. The butter, lemon, and garlic combination put this chicken over the edge!
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  • Servings: 2-4


  • (6 Tablespoons) Butter
  • (1/2 Lemon) Lemon
  • (3 Cloves) Garlic
  • (Teaspoon) Salt
  • (1/2 Teaspoon) Black Pepper
  • Whole Chicken - 3#


  • Start by preheating your oven to 430 degrees.
  • If your chicken came with the giblets, remove them before continuing. Save for another meal, or give them to your pet as a snack!
  • Place chicken in a roasting pan or something suitable. I used a glass 9x13.
  • Melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Cut the other 3 tablespoons into smaller chunks.
  • Take the chunks of butter and slide them under the skin of the chicken. I put a couple of pieces under the skin of each breast and some in the drumstick area.
  • Mince your garlic.
  • Pour the melted butter over the chicken.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on top,
  • Put half the garlic on top of the chicken and the other half underneath the skin.
  • Squeeze the lemon juice all over the chicken, then stick the lemon up inside the bird.
  • Bake for 60 minutes or until the internal temperature is 160-165 degrees. Depending on the size of your bird, it may need an additional 10 minutes or so.

We enjoyed our chicken with a side of buttery green beans, but any veggie would be a great accompaniment!

This recipe is originally from, but I made some minor adjustments due to not having all ingredients on hand.