Save on Pinterest

Savory Roasted Chicken

When you want an impressive centerpiece for Sunday dinner or a special-occasion meal, you can't go wrong with this golden chicken. The moist, tender meat is enhanced with a hint of orange, savory and thyme. -Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 roasting chicken (6 to 7 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried savory
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil


  • Place chicken on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Carefully loosen the skin above the breast meat. Combine the onion salt, thyme, savory, orange zest and pepper; rub half of the herb mixture under the loosened skin. Rub chicken skin with oil; sprinkle with remaining herb mixture.
  • Bake at 375° until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°, 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Let stand for 10-15 minutes. Remove skin before carving. Skim fat and thicken pan juices for gravy if desired.
Nutrition Facts
4 ounce-weight: 197 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 267mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat.

Recommended Video


Click stars to rate
Average Rating:
  • ReneeMurby
    Jan 23, 2021

    Absolutely delicious! Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! This will now be my go to roasted chicken recipe! We ate the legs and wings on the first night then I used the remaining chicken for two more dinners during the week. The flavor was fantastic!

  • anitamm
    Mar 3, 2014

    I used olive oil and it was delicious! I will definitely be making this again! It was so easy!!

  • rachellestratton
    Dec 16, 2013

    I used olive oil in place of vegetable oil

  • Aldrichjj03
    Apr 12, 2013

    No comment left

  • 5xamom
    Jan 13, 2013

    Great recipe! Great flavor!! Thanks!!

  • ConnieK
    Aug 18, 2012

    No comment left

  • bltbananas
    Feb 13, 2012

    This was very good. Everyone loved it, I did not use any gravy but it probably could have used a bit. I will make it again.

  • rmartz1
    Mar 19, 2006

    No comment left