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Easy Recipe for Roasting a Whole Chicken

Mimi Newman
Easy Recipe for Roasting a Whole Chicken
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Mains
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 3-4 lb chicken
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ an onion
  • salt pepper
  • ½ stick of butter
  • optional: 1 lb of baby new ptoatoes and ½ a cup of white wine


  • if you remember to, take the chicken out of its packaging the night before and salt/pepper the skin, and set it out uncovered in your fridge overnight to dry out. this will make crispier skin
  • preheat oven to 425
  • take chicken out of fridge if you dried it out, or take it out of its packaging and pat it dry now that you're doing it.
  • rub butter all over and salt/pepper the skin and inside the cavity
  • quarter the onion & lemon and put onion/lemon pieces inside the cavity. if you have any butter leftover put that in the cavity too.
  • tie up legs and put into cast iron skillet
  • optional: put some baby new potatoes into the skillet to roast alongside the chicken in its fat - mmmmmm. if you're doing that, about 30 min in, put the ½ c of white wine into the pan to hydrate/season the potatoes as they roast.
  • cook for about an hour, until the skin is medium brown
Keyword easy roast chicken recipe, Roasted chicken recipe
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