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Roast Chicken Recipe

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.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 39 kcal
Author Alicia Skousen


  • 1 4-5 pound whole chicken
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 large lemon cut into quarters
  • 3-4 sprigs rosemary


  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Prepare the chicken by patting it dry with paper towels and removing the giblets and/or gravy pouch.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Remove the chicken from the oven and let it sit 10-15 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Roast Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 39 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 33mg1%
Potassium 24mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Vitamin C 9.6mg12%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.