Perfect Roast Chicken

READY IN: 21mins
Recipe by inabsentia

From Ina Garten. Made this today and it was so moist and delicious. This is a keeper.

Top Review by Scoutie

I made this several months ago, forgot to review. This is a great chicken! I did not have any fennel. It came out very juicy and was easy as well. I think the lemon in the cavity is key here. Thanks for posting,

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Remove the chicken giblets.
  3. Rinse the chicken inside and out.
  4. Remove any excess fat and leftover pin feathers and pat the outside dry.
  5. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken.
  6. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, both halves of lemon, and all the garlic.
  7. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper.
  8. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken.
  9. Place the onions, carrots, and fennel in a roasting pan.
  10. Toss with salt, pepper, 20 sprigs of thyme, and olive oil.
  11. Spread around the bottom of the roasting pan and place the chicken on top.
  12. Roast the chicken for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh.
  13. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a platter and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes.
  14. Slice the chicken onto a platter and serve it with the vegetables.

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