You can definitely slow-roast a whole chicken without tons of seasonings and stuffing and this recipe will show you how.

This is a 100% carnivore recipe and suits even people who are on a strict version of the carnivore diet.

If you use a factory-farmed chicken, there’s some distinctive odor and you will usually need generous seasonings to mask it.

However, if you use genuine pasture-raised chicken, you will find that the roasted chicken tastes great even with just salt.


  • 1 whole chicken (3-5 lbs) (pasture-raised if possible)
  • 3 tbs tallow or lard
  • 3 tsp sea salt.


  1. Bring the chicken to room temperature
  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C)
  3. Clean the chicken and pat dry with a paper towel
  4. Rub tallow all over the chicken then rub it with the sea salt. You can use kitchen twine to tie the legs together if you like
  5. Place the chicken in a baking dish and roast for 30 minutes
  6. Reduce the temperature to 300°F (150°C). Add 2 tbs of water to the baking dish. Turn the chicken over. Cook for 3 more hours. Turn halfway
  7. Transfer to a serving plate. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Best served hot in order to enjoy the delicious crunchy skin.

To serve, use a pair of food scissors or a sharp knife to cut out the wing sections first. Next cut out the thighs and the drumsticks. For the torso, cut into halves along the spine then halves again. Drizzle the gravy over the chicken pieces and serve.

I’ve tried this recipe with pasture-raised chickens and they are usually pretty lean (see image above) due to their more natural diet and their active outdoor lives.

However, I would rather eat a lean pasture-raised chicken than a fat and juicy factory-farmed chicken. The crunchy skin and the depth of flavor of the meat are amazing.

If you are not trying to lose weight, it’s good to pair it with something that has more fat like braised pork belly and eggs, beef tendon stew, or lamb rib roast.

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DisclaimerThe information in this post is for reference purposes only and not intended to constitute or replace professional medical advice. Please consult a qualified medical professional before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle.