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Perfect Roast Chicken

Easy, simple, flavorful Perfect Roast Chicken. This is the best roast chicken recipe ever and is perfect for your Sunday roast.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Perfect Roast Chicken
Servings: 8
Calories: 470kcal
Author: Brandie @ The Country Cook


  • 1 (5-6 pound) roasting chicken
  • kosher salt & ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 whole head of garlic
  • 2 tbsp salted butter melted


  • Preheat the oven to 425f degrees.
  • Remove the chicken from plastic wrap and remove any giblets that are in the cavity.
  • Rinse the chicken inside and out.
  • Remove any leftover pinfeathers that may still be hanging on and pat the outside dry.
  • Place the chicken in a large roasting pan.
  • Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken.
  • Cut lemon and garlic head in half.
  • Stuff the cavity with lemon and garlic halves.
  • You can squeeze a bit of the lemon juice into the chicken cavity before placing lemon halves inside. Brush the outside of the chicken with the melted butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper.
  • Use all the butter, this is what is going to help make the skin crispy and give it a golden color.
  • Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken (this step is optional).
  • Roast the chicken, uncovered, for about an hour and half or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh.



The melted butter you slather on the chicken may smoke some in your oven. Butter has a low burning point and because you are cooking this at a higher temperature, you may see a bit of smoking. Do not worry. This is normal. Just make sure your oven fan is in good working condition. It is all worth it for the flavor it brings to this chicken! 


Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 185mg | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 424mg | Vitamin A: 1835IU | Vitamin C: 12.2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2.9mg