How to Roast a Whole Chicken in the Microwave

Keeley Shea is a mom who has professional experience in the food industry.

Initially, I was skeptical that microwaving a whole chicken would work.

Initially, I was skeptical that microwaving a whole chicken would work.

Just 29 Minutes in the Microwave!

Last night I roasted a whole chicken, lightly rubbed with a little bit of olive oil and seasoning, in just 29 minutes in the microwave. Talk about making dinner a whole lot easier for a mom with a full-time job and two crazy boys running around playing ball in the house when they shouldn't be!

When I first tried this recipe I was skeptical. Could a whole chicken really cook in a microwave in only 29 minutes? But the bigger question was, would it taste good?

As it cooked, it smelled great—just like a roast chicken should smell when it is cooking. When the timer went off I checked the temperature. I needed it to read 160 degrees, and indeed it did. I then set it on the stove, covered, for 10 more minutes in order for it to reach 170 degrees.

I was getting hopeful! It looked good and it smelled good. After 10 minutes the thermometer did indeed read 170 degrees.


For the chicken:

  • 1 whole chicken (3 1/2 to 4 pounds)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

For the seasoning mixture:

  • 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves


  1. Lightly spray a microwave-safe dish with oil.
  2. Remove and discard giblets and neck from the chicken cavity. Rinse chicken with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Trim excess fat if necessary. Lift wing tips up toward neck, then tuck under the back of the chicken. Brush chicken with oil.
  3. For the seasoning mixture, combine ingredients and mix well. Completely coat the entire outside of the chicken with the seasoning mixture. Place chicken breast side up in the microwave-safe dish.
  4. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 25 to 30 minutes. Check your digital thermometer. It should read 165 degrees F in the thickest part of the chicken. Remove from microwave, cover with a lid, and let rest for 10 minutes. The temperature will rise to 170 degrees F.

But How Did It Taste?

Fantastic! The seasoning was very tasty and so was the chicken itself. It was unbelievably moist and was well received by my family. I will definitely be making this again very soon!

Mini BBQ Pork Sandwiches in the Microwave

Cooking pork in the microwave is fast when time isn't on your side. Miniature barbecue pork sandwiches are perfect for dinner when you don't have much time. The recipe is also very inexpensive to make so if you are on a budget it's perfect!

Yield: 8 mini sandwiches


  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 lb)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp smoky barbecue rub
  • 8 small rolls
  • Smoky barbecue sauce


  1. Cut onion into 1/4 inch thick slices. Arrange onion slices on the bottom of a microwave-safe dish.
  2. Trim the fat and silver skin from the pork tenderloin. Brush the meat with oil and then place it on top of the onions. Evenly rub the meat with the barbecue rub. Tip: Tuck the narrow end of the pork under to create a uniform thickness.
  3. Cover dish and microwave on high for 6 to 10 minutes. Your thermometer should read 150 degrees F, so after the 6-minute mark check the pork every 2 minutes until it reaches that temperature. Remove from microwave and let stand covered for 10 minutes so that the temperature can reach 160 degrees F.
  4. Cut pork into 1/4 inch thick slices. Arrange sliced pork evenly on all rolls, top with the onions, and finally spread 1 tsp of the barbecue sauce over the top half of the roll. Top each sandwich and serve.

But How Did It Taste?

So fantastic! My young boys loved it, too. It's a great dinner for weeknights where there is so little time and you don't want to waste it all cooking. Try it and enjoy!


Keeley Shea (author) from Norwich, CT on May 01, 2013:

Thank you Suzie HQ for your comments! I hope you will give it a try. I didn't think it would taste the same as roasting it in the oven but it did!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on May 01, 2013:

Hi Keeley,

What a great idea with the chicken, would not have attempted this in a microwave, I have to say! I love roast chicken with herbs and olive oil so will definitely keep this in mind next time its on the menu! The sambo looks tasty too and ideal for my comfort food fix! Great job here, useful, interesting and shared.

Keeley Shea (author) from Norwich, CT on April 10, 2013:

Thank you for commenting! I love their products too. I am looking forward to reading many of your hubs. You are a great writer!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on April 10, 2013:

I bought the Pampered Chef brick years ago and I love it! I've always wanted to get the deep cover baker. I love their products, well worth the money.

Keeley Shea (author) from Norwich, CT on March 06, 2013:

Thank you teaches12345 for your nice comment. So glad that you like Pampered Chef products! You should definitely try the sandwich if you can!

Dianna Mendez on March 05, 2013:

Yum, that sandwich looks devine! I am a great advocate for Pampered Chef and have several bake ware items to prove it. Great hub post and recipe idea.

Keeley Shea (author) from Norwich, CT on February 23, 2013:

Thank you CyberShelley and DIYmommy for your comments. Do try them they are fabulous and easy. :)

Julie on February 22, 2013:

These recipes sound very tasty! I can't wait to give one a try. Thanks for the great hub!

Shelley Watson on February 22, 2013:

Thank you for the interesting recipes. I have never tried a whole chicken in the microwave, but I will try your recipe. Up, interesting and Useful!

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