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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!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


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


  • Preheat oven to 425F. 
  • Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towel. Perform half-spatchcock (as outlined here).
  • Add spices to a small mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, add room-temperature ghee, lemon juice, lemon zest and chives and stir to combine - set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Note: For crispier skin, switch oven to broil and cook additional 3-4 min.
  • Transfer Cajun Roast Chicken to carving board, let rest 5-10min before carving. Serve with leafy greens and/or roast potatoes.
Keyword Cajun Roast Chicken