Perfect Roasted Chicken

READY IN: 1hr 35mins
Recipe by Ingy1171

This is a very flavorful and simple way to roast a chicken. Recipe inspired by Barefoot Contessa.

Top Review by Chicagoland Chef du

YAY a chicken victory for me, FINALLY! I could not be easier or tastier! I agonize over the timing of roasted chicken. This recipe was spot on! Very juicy and flavorful w/o any of the seasonings being overpowering in any way. I roasted the 4# chicken @ 400°/ convection oven. It was done in 90 minutes. I let it rest and carved it. I did add a couple things to the ingredients list. I substituted 1 teaspoon dried thyme for fresh and added a bit of olive oil to the softened butter & a squeeze of lemon juice. When I made gravy from the drippings, I added a splash of white wine. DELICIOUS. My family raved over it. Thanks Ina & Ingy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. After removing giblets (discard or save for another recipe), salt and pepper inside of chicken.
  3. Stuff the cavity with thyme, lemon quarters and garlic halves.
  4. Brush the outside of the chicken with melted butter.
  5. Salt and pepper outside of chicken.
  6. Tie the legs together with string (good idea to soak string in water prior so it won't burn in the oven) and tuck the wings under the body.
  7. Cook in oven for 1 1/2 hours or until done.

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