Simple Roast Chicken

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Team Mealthy
Rated 5.0 based on 3 customer reviews
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  • 1 (4 to 5 pound) whole chicken, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 lemons, halved
  • 2 whole garlic bulbs, halved across the cloves
  • 3 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 5 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 5 fresh sage sprigs


  1. Add salt and sugar to a large pot with 1 cup water and boil until the sugar is dissolved. Add cold water and whole chicken. Refrigerate for 24 hours before roasting chicken.
  2. Preheat oven to 450° F (235° C).
  3. Place chicken breast-side down in a large cast-iron skillet or roasting pan. Rub olive oil over the skin and inside cavity of chicken; season generously with salt and pepper. 
  4. Stuff 2 lemon halves, 2 garlic halves, rosemary, thyme, and sage into the chicken’s cavity. 
  5. Tie legs together with kitchen twine (use unflavored dental floss if twine is unavailable). Arrange remaining lemon and garlic in the skillet around the chicken.
  6. Roast until the juices run clear when you poke a knife into the joint between the thigh and the leg, 45 to 60 minutes.
  7. Let the chicken rest at room temperature for 10 minutes before carving.
Mealthy tip:

Save the giblets and carcass to make an amazing broth by placing it in cold water and boiling it to a medium simmer for 2 hours with some mirepoix: carrots, celery, and onion!


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September 08, 2017 at 11:33pm

Tal Levitas says:

So simple, so juicy! So delicious. Crispy skin. Delicious. Did I mention delicious. The easiest, most perfect chicken recipe. BAM!

Image of Tarragon Boi
September 08, 2017 at 11:09pm

Tarragon Boi says:

This recipe was simple and perfect. It's really the best way to eat chicken. I make roast chicken about once per week, because I can always figure out something to do with the leftovers. The carcass makes for the best chicken stock

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September 05, 2017 at 1:01am

Steve Failows says:

so simple, so good - skin was delicious with a nice crispness to it, and the meat was juicy from the first cut. looking forward to the next opportunity to whip this up for some friends.