Southern Cajun Spice Roasted Chicken


A homemade blend of cajun spices make this one of the most flavorful chickens you may ever eat.


  • 5 pounds whole roasting chicken
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter (softened)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 handful fresh parsley
  • 1/2 lemon


  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F.
  2. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil and position a roasting rack inside of it.
  3. Remove the giblets from the cavity of the chicken and discard. Rinse the chicken under cold water and thoroughly pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Liberally season the chicken with the salt and black pepper, to taste, taking care to season the outside as well as the internal cavity.
  5. In a small bowl, stir the softened butter and olive oil together until mostly combined. It is okay if some pieces of butter are still visible.
  6. With clean hands, rub the butter and olive oil all over the surface of the chicken, and under the breast skin.
  7. Transfer the chicken breast-side up onto the roasting rack.
  8. Tie the legs securely together with kitchen twine. Tuck the wing tips underneath the body of the chicken.
  9. Whisk together all the spices in a small bowl.
  10. Evenly sprinkle the topside of the chicken with all of the spice mixture, so that the breast, thighs, and wings are generously coated.
  11. Place the parsley and lemon half in the cavity of the chicken.
  12. Transfer the roasting pan to the middle rack of the preheated oven.
  13. Roast the chicken for 80-90 minutes, or until the thickest part of the chicken breast reaches an internal temperature of 160° F.
  14. Remove the roasting pan from the oven.
  15. Allow the chicken to rest on the roasting rack for 10 minutes.
  16. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Carve as desired, and serve.
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