How to Roast a Whole Chicken in a Baking Bag

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How to Roast a Whole Chicken in a Baking Bag
The chicken will have a golden brown exterior. (David De Lossy/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A baking bag is oven safe and allows you to cook larger items, such as a whole chicken, without a lengthy cleanup. The bag contains all the juices released by the chicken while it cooks. It holds the moisture close to the meat, producing the juiciest chicken. To roast a whole chicken in a baking bag, you will need some veggies and everyday seasonings. Cook the vegetables alongside the chicken for a meal in a bag, ready in approximately 1 hour.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Roasting chicken, 3 to 4lbs.
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 10-inch-by-16-inch baking bag
  • Baking dish
  • Two quartered white onions
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped celery
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • Small bowl
  • Sharp scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 177 degrees Celsius.

  2. 2

    Add the flour to the baking bag and shake to coat its interior. Place the baking bag into a baking dish. Scatter the quartered onions and chopped celery across the bottom of the bag.

  3. 3

    Rub the salt and pepper into the chicken's body cavity. Combine the butter, thyme, rosemary and sage in a small bowl. Rub the herb mixture over the exterior of the chicken.

  4. 4

    Place the chicken in the baking bag and seal. Use sharp scissors to cut three 1/2-inch-long slits into the baking bag to allow steam to escape.

  5. 5

    Bake in the oven for 1 hour, or until the chicken's juices run clear. Check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer; it should register at least 76.7 degrees Celsius when inserted in the thickest part of the thigh. Allow to cool in the bag for 10 minutes before serving.

Tips and warnings

  • Allow leftover chicken to come to room temperature before refrigerating.

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