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Salt and Pepper Roast Chicken

Super simple roast chicken recipe using 4 ingredients and a cast iron pan!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 696kcal
Author: Eden
Cost: $12


  • Cast Iron Skillet


  • 4 pound whole chicken free-range organic
  • 7 tbsp olive oil good quality olive oil
  • 3 tbsp pepper freshly ground is best
  • 2 tbsp salt kosher


  • Preheat the cast-iron skillet while you prepare the chicken. Place the skillet in a 500 degree Fahrenheit oven and let the skillet heat!
  • Rub the entire chicken, front and back, legs, thighs… every inch with olive oil, salt, and pepper. 
  • Remove the hot skillet from the oven to place the whole chicken in it.
  • Place the skillet and chicken back in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. The chicken will become a very nice dark, golden brown.
  • Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees and cook the chicken for another 30-40 minutes until the chicken is a nice, golden, crispy brown color.
  • Use a meat thermometer to test the temperature, read more below.
  • The chicken is cooked when the thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit. You can remove at 160 and it will continue to cook to 165.
  • Remove and let it sit for a minute. Spoon the juice on the bottom of the pan over the chicken.


Organic whole chicken is going to be thebest quality and taste. 
Use a 3-4 pound chicken
Check the chicken often when it's cooking.
The juice is the best sauce! Use it when serving the chicken.


Calories: 696kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 3642mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 329IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg