My easy buttermilk roasted chicken recipe marinates chicken in a simple buttermilk mixture then roasts it to perfection in the oven!
When you think of buttermilk chicken, I bet you think of fried chicken recipes or air fryer chicken dishes. Well, you can make roasted chicken too by marinating the chicken to get an unbelievable flavor and a moist, tender texture. All the flavor, none of the fat!
Serve it with your favorite rich sides or eat it as leftovers in a sandwich — this buttermilk roasted chicken recipe is a dinnertime classic!
Who doesn’t love a chicken dinner? It’s homey, flavorful, and filling, in all the most soul-comforting ways!
- Easy to make — marinade and roast!
- No messy fryer to deal with
- Perfect chicken every time!
- Goes great with any sides
- Crowd-pleasing WOW!
How To Make Buttermilk Roasted Chicken Recipe
I promise this buttermilk roasted chicken recipe is so easy!
Start by mixing together your buttermilk, oil, garlic, salt, pepper, rosemary, and honey. Then divide your chicken into two plastic bags and pour half of the buttermilk mixture into each bag. Seal, place on a rimmed plate or dish, and refrigerate for up to two days.
When you’re ready to cook, heat your oven to 400, and take your chicken out of the fridge. Let the marinade drain off and line a baking pan with foil. Put your chicken in a single layer and roast for 45 minutes, then turn off the oven — this is important! — and allow the chicken to continue to cook for 7-10 minutes.
Serve with hearty sides, and enjoy!
From the ingredients to the storage, I have all the tips to make sure your roasted chicken is lip-smacking good!
Does cooking with chicken make you nervous? Never used buttermilk before? I got you covered!
- Marinade: The most important thing to do for this roasted chicken to be a success is to plan ahead and marinate it for 2 days. Buttermilk is a slightly more acidic dairy product, so letting your chicken sit in it will let the acid break down the meat, which gives you that wonderfully tender texture later on.
- Chicken: Because this recipe roasts the chicken instead of baking it, I think using bone-in chicken with skin on works significantly better. You get far more flavor from the bone, plus it helps keep your chicken moist!
- Dark Meat: If you use dark meat chicken pieces, 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.
- Rosemary: Ah, the aromatic herb! I use fresh rosemary when I can — it goes so beautifully with the chicken! — but dried works too. Know that you’ll need to use much less dried herb than you would fresh though. Don’t over season!
Tools to Make
To make this buttermilk roasted chicken recipe, you’ll need tools for two steps: the marinating and the cooking!
- Bowls for mixing
- Sealable plastic bags for marinating
- A rimmed baked dish for marinating
- Baking sheet lined with foil
- Tongs to turn the chicken
Got it? Now get to it!
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
Always store your chicken in the fridge, whether it’s raw or cooked! The freezer is even better for raw, but we don’t want any nasty things growing on our delicious roasted chicken.
Once cooked, store your buttermilk chicken leftovers in the fridge for up to four days.
Can You Freeze This?
Yes! Chicken loves the freezer, in whatever form. You can make a whole batch of this chicken, and then either freeze it in the marinade process or freeze it fully cooked for up to four months.
Either way, let it thaw in the fridge overnight, then either cook it as normal or reheat and eat!
Make Ahead Tips
This recipe has make-ahead magic built right in! You must let the chicken marinate at least a day, preferably two. So go ahead and let your chicken get cozy in the fridge!
My very favorite way to serve this buttermilk roasted chicken recipe is with some delicious sides! Go for my roasted green beans to carry that roasted flavor through, and add on a light, sweet strawberry spinach saladto balance out the baked flavors. Your dinner guests will be satisfied and happy!
What variations could there be with a chicken buttermilk recipe? Oh, plenty!
- Want to use a specific cut of meat? Try tenders for buttermilk chicken tenders and make a dinner every kid will love!
- The classic way to cook buttermilk chicken is to fry it — so go ahead and try buttermilk fried chicken!
- Don’t want the roasted flavor? You can get the same deep, delicious richness with buttermilk baked chicken (which requires a lower temp and slower cooking!)
- Toss some of your favorite veggies on your baking tray to get a full meal with roast chicken with vegetables!
Buttermilk Roasted Chicken
- 6 chicken breast halves, bone-in
- 3 cups buttermilk well shaken
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil divided
- 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)
- In a bowl, mix together buttermilk, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, garlic, salt, pepper, rosemary, and honey until salt is dissolved.
- 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.
- 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.
- Allow chicken to rest for about 7-10 minutes then serve.
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When it’s dinnertime, and you know you’ve got a buttermilk roasted chicken recipe waiting for you, something about your soul just gets extra happy. Buttermilk chicken is comforting and caring and ready to make your dinner delicious!
What sides did you serve with your buttermilk chicken recipe? Let me know in the comments!
Source: Slightly adapted from Nigella Lawson via The New York Times