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The Whole Smiths' Whole Roasted Chicken. Perfectly cooked roasted chicken and the secret to the crispiest skin! Whole30 compliant, paleo friendly and gluten free.
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4.8 from 5 votes

the whole smiths whole chicken

A good, clean 'ol roasted chicken
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: paleo / whole / American
Servings: 4 -6
Author: the whole smiths


  • 1 whole roaster chicken
  • 2 pounds of carrots cut into 1-2 inch segments
  • 1 pound of cremini mushrooms halved and / or quartered
  • 1/2 onion quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and smashed
  • good olive oil
  • maldon salt
  • lemon pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425*
  • In a large bowl combine carrots, mushrooms, onions and garlic
  • Add olive oil, enough to coat and roughly 1-2 tsp of salt
  • Toss to coat thoroughly
  • In two large baking dishes transfer vegetables so that they make one even layer in each baking dish
  • Place chicken breast side up ON TOP of the vegetable in one of the baking pans
  • Drizzle olive oil over chicken and rub into skin, thoroughly coating
  • Generously sprinkle Maldon salt over entire surface of chicken
  • Generously sprinkle lemon pepper over entire surface of chicken
  • Gently rub salt and pepper into skin of chicken
  • Place chicken and additional pan of vegetable into oven and bake for 30 minutes
  • After 30 minutes, turn oven temp down to 400*
  • Add vegetables in extra pan into the pan with the chicken and gently combine all vegetable together
  • Continue to cook until the internal temp of the chicken reached 165*
  • Once desired temp is reached (about an addition 45 minutes), pull chicken and vegetable out of oven and cover loosely for 10 minutes
  • Let rest of 10 minutes before serving