Total Time
3hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 3 hrs

A beginner's recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Remove giblets/neck from chicken cavities.
  3. Rinse chicken and pat dry.
  4. Rub softened butter all over chicken.
  5. Sprinkle outside of chicken with salt and pepper.
  6. Sprinkle 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp of sage inside the chicken.
  7. Place onion inside chicken.
  8. Place chicken in roasting pan breast side up.
  9. Add 1/2 cup water to pan.
  10. Loosely tent breast with aluminum foil.
  11. Cook for 25 minutes per pound.
  12. (3 lbs= approx 1 1/2 hours; 5 lbs= approx 2 1/2 hours).
  13. Remove chicken to a warm platter and let rest for 15 min to distribute the juices.


Most Helpful

This was fantastic! I had never roasted a chicken before, and this was really can't-go-wrong...sooooo moist and tasty!! I threw a couple of potatoes in the pot to soak up the butter and juices, and that saved having to make rice...the potatoes also soaked up the sage flavour. Very good. I always thought it would be hard to roast a chicken, but this was easy and fast! Thanx ever so much :)

Jewel Goodwin March 02, 2003

This was sooo easy! Having never roasted a chicken before I was a little worried about how this would turn out, but it was super! I used Thyme instead of sage, and it was so good. I had guests over and they loved it too. Said the chicken had nice flavor. THANKS!

~*Miss Diggy*~ November 03, 2002

This is a great recipe! Dh and I both loved it, delicious! Thank you for sharing!

Kristiina December 15, 2009

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