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brown paper bag chicken
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5 from 1 vote

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins


  • Cast iron skillet or a baking sheet
  • Brown paper bag


  • 1 whole chicken
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 onion cut into halves or quarters
  • 1 tbsp ground paprika
  • 1 tsp Rosemary or any other seasoning your family likes optional
  • 1 tbsp butter


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 Celsius).
  • Rinse your chicken under cold water.
  • Pat the chicken dry, I use a paper towel and then discard it.
  • Remove excess fat, if there is any.
  • Sprinkle the whole chicken, inside and out with salt and pepper.
  • Place the onion halves inside the chicken.
  • Add the butter and any other spice you are using to the inside of the chicken.
  • Sprinkle paprika all over the whole chicken. You can pat it to stay but not necessary.
  • Place the whole chicken into a brown paper bag.
  • Place the bagged chicken into the cast iron skillet or onto the baking sheet.
  • Tie or fold the bag closed, this will help keep in moisture.
  • Bake for 1h 30' to 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74 Celsius) to be sure the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
  • Serve warm and Enjoy!



Be sure that the paper bag is not touching the inside of the oven or the heating element as it will catch on fire.