This simple and delicious roast chicken takes just a few minutes of prep time to make, but tastes like you spent all day cooking it - making it the perfect go-to dinner recipe.
14-5 poundwhole chicken
salt and pepper
1large lemoncut into quarters
Preheat the oven to 400. Prepare the chicken by patting it dry with paper towels and removing the giblets and/or gravy pouch.
Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the lemon and rosemary in the cavity. Tie the legs of the chicken together with kitchen twine. Spread the butter over the top of the skin.
Place the chicken in a roasting pan or a 9 x 13 baking dish. Cook for 60 minutes, then check the temperature in the thickest part of the thigh. Continue cooking the chicken, checking every 10 minutes, until it reaches 165 degrees.
Remove the chicken from the oven and let it sit 10-15 minutes before serving.
Roast Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 39Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Vitamin C 9.6mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.