Our easy Buttermilk Roasted Chicken recipe is marinated in a simple buttermilk mixture then roasted in the oven. Allowing the chicken to marinate for 1-2 days produces an unbelievable flavor throughout the chicken, not just on the surface, and creates chicken that’s extremely moist and tender.

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When you think of the combination of chicken and buttermilk I bet you think of some type of fried chicken.

Well, I know before I made this chicken recipe, I sure did.

I’d heard of buttermilk roasted chicken, but for some strange reason, I hadn’t tried it yet.

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This recipe is AHHH-MAZING.

It has quickly shot to the top of my family’s most requested dinner list!

I made it twice in one week when I first tried it.

The buttermilk marinade makes this chicken moist, super flavorful, and juicy!

The rosemary adds a lovely herbaceousness to the overall flavor and the rest of the seasonings are spot on!

I will be making this buttermilk roasted chicken often.

It’s a given it will be served for Sunday Suppers.

I think it’ll also be great for entertaining.

Who doesn’t love a great piece of roasted chicken?

Recipe Notes For Buttermilk Roasted Chicken:

Marinade: The most important thing you have to do to make this buttermilk roasted chicken a success is planning ahead and marinating it for 2 days.

That gives the marinade enough time to really penetrate the chicken breast and also tenderizes it.

Believe me, the time investment is well worth it.Buttermilk Roasted Chicken 4 Because this recipe roasts the chicken instead of baking it, I think using bone-in chicken with skin on, works significantly better.

Especially if you want to have white meat chicken.

My family loves white meat chicken so it’s what I serve most often.

If your family likes dark meat, I think thighs and legs would work out really well.

If you use dark meat, after roasting the chicken for 45 minutes at 400, turn down the oven to 350 and continue to cook until chicken is done and juices run clear about 7-10 minutes.

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Buttermilk Roasted Chicken

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 1385 kcal
Author Kathleen

Ingredients

  • 6 Chicken Breast Halves Bone In
  • 3 Cups Buttermilk Well Shaken
  • 3/4 Cup-Divided Vegetable Oil
  • 4 Garlic Cloves Crushed
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Rosemary Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 3 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley Chopped (Optional)

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix together buttermilk, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, garlic, salt, pepper, rosemary, and honey until salt is dissolved.
  2. Divide the chicken pieces into 2- 1-gallon ziplock bags. Pour half of the buttermilk mixture in each bag. Press out as much air as possible and seal bags.  Place on a rimmed dish or plate in case bag leaks. Refrigerate overnight or preferably for 2 days. Flip bag halfway through marinating time.
  3. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Take the chicken out of the ziplock bags and place on a wire rack so any extra marinade will drip off.  Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and place the chicken in a single layer on the pan. Drizzle chicken with remaining oil.  Roast chicken at 400 degrees for 45 minutes, then turn off the oven, and allow the chicken to continue to cook (just in the remaining heat-don't open the door)  for 7-10 minutes more or until chicken is done.
  4. Allow chicken to rest for about 7-10 minutes then serve.

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Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Buttermilk Roasted Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1385 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42g 65%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 513mg 171%
Sodium 12019mg 501%
Potassium 3595mg 103%
Total Carbohydrates 76g 25%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 69g
Protein 168g 336%
Vitamin A 50.4%
Vitamin C 34.8%
Calcium 91.3%
Iron 23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Source: Slightly adapted from Nigella Lawson via The New York Times