Winner winner chicken dinner! Seriously, take a fresh chicken, whip up this butter concoction, roast in a hot oven (400 degrees) for about 35 minutes, and dinner is on the table. Plus, this was FINGER LICKING GOOD!!!

Butter & Brown Sugar Roasted Chicken

1 roasting chicken, cut, and cleaned – patted dry

1 stick of butter, room temperature

1 tablespoon of kosher salt

1 teaspoon of ground black pepper

1 teaspoon of paprika

1 tablespoon of dried Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

3 tablespoons of brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon of cumin

1 lemon

This is so simple, there shouldn’t even be a recipe. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl combine softened butter and all of the dry ingredients. Liberally rub butter mixture all over the chicken pieces. Be sure to rub under the skin too! Place chicken on a cookie baking sheet and cook until golden brown. In about 5 minutes the house should smell amazing! Finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and enjoy.




  1. Hey Darius,

    My 10 year old son has a YouTube Channel called Cooking with Curtis Griffin. Please go check him out. Also, can you tell me if we can do this recipe using boneless, skinless chicken breast? What are the changes that would be made? I will let him cook this recipe inspired by you soon. Any pointers would help.

    Glenda Wright

  2. Currently in the oven now.. So excited to try it.. Hope the husband loves it… I used this recipe on wing flings

  3. Hello Darius! I am a first timer on your page. =) What can I substitute for Italian seasoning? Thanks! – from the Philippines

  4. This recipe was magic. My 12 year-old son and I made this together and mind you I can’t cook and it was awesome! It was simple, easy, and quick to follow. I am becoming a fan of Darius!

  5. This was 1 of the best chicken recipes ever ,made it tonight for my family and I also made you Butter pecan cornbread slamming Thanks so much!

  6. What are some good sides to go with this? I’m making this tonight. Also, I have your book……Everything that I made from it was FIREEEEEE!!!!! You are awesome.

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