Whole30 Cajun Roast Chicken Lemon Chive Butter Paleo Primal Gourmet Easy Recipe

Whole30 Cajun Roast Chicken with Lemon-Chive Butter

This Whole30 Cajun Roast Chicken with Lemon-Chive Butter is super easy, incredibly delicious and only takes 45min to prepare! You've got to try it!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Cajun Roast Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


for the Cajun Roast Chicken

  • 1 2.5-3lbs chicken free-range, organic
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano or thyme
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly-cracked black pepper

for the Lemon-Chive Butter

  • 1.5 tbsp ghee room temperature
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon approx. 1 tsp of zest
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives finely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 425F. 

  2. Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towel. Perform half-spatchcock (as outlined here).

  3. Add spices to a small mixing bowl and stir to combine.

  4. In a separate bowl, add room-temperature ghee, lemon juice, lemon zest and chives and stir to combine - set aside.

  5. Season the entire chicken with Cajun Spice rub. Place Chicken breast-side up in a cast-iron skillet or roasting tray lined with parchment paper. Transfer to oven and roast 35-40min or until thickest part of the breast registers 150F on an instant read meat thermometer.

  6. Using a spoon or brush, rub chicken with Lemon-Chive Butter and return to oven for 5-6min. Carefully tilt the skillet or roasting pan so that rendered juices can pool on one side and baste bird with a spoon or baster. Return to oven for additional 5-6min or until thickest part of the breast registers 165F on an instant read meat thermometer.

  7. Note: For crispier skin, switch oven to broil and cook additional 3-4 min.

  8. Transfer Cajun Roast Chicken to carving board, let rest 5-10min before carving. Serve with leafy greens and/or roast potatoes.