Roasted Chicken In A Brown Paper Bag

Baked in a brown grocery bag this tender, juicy chicken will impress even the toughest critic!


 Prep Time10 minutes
 Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
 Total Time1 hour 40 minutes


  • 3-4 pound whole chicken
  • 1 stick salted butter softened
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh Thyme equaling 1 tsp leaves
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt & fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 large brown paper grocery bag as little writing on it as you can find


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and move a single rack in your oven to the lower 1/3rd of your oven.
  • Rinse and dry your chicken, making sure to remove package of giblets from interior of chicken. Your chicken needs to be DRY for your compound butter to coat the chicken evenly. Paper towels do this job nicely.
  • Pull the leaves from your thyme sprigs and zest your lemon.
  • In a small bowl mix your softened butter with your thyme leaves & lemon zest.
  • With your hands or the back of a spoon spread the compound butter evenly over your prepared chicken. Season your chicken with salt and pepper. Cut lemon in half and place in the cavity of your chicken.
  • Place your open grocery bag on its side on a rimmed sheet tray. Carefully place your prepared chicken inside the grocery bag. Roll the end of the grocery bag closed tightly and tuck the edges of the bag in to insure none of the bag is sticking out past the edges of the sheet tray.
  • Place sheet tray inside of preheated oven, making sure that bag is not touching the sides or top of the oven.
  • Bake chicken for 1 ½ hours. Or internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  • You can wrap entire bag in foil to keep warm. The bag contains all of the juice from cooking so when you open it all of the juice and steam will escape. So be careful and Enjoy!!!

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