Perfect Roast Chicken

This Perfect Roast Chicken recipe has 8 ingredients and is a breeze to make. All you need is a whole chicken, garlic, onion, thyme, lemon, salt, pepper, and olive oil.

I often make this easy chicken recipe on Mondays because it’s so simple. I assemble all of the ingredients in the late morning or early afternoon, and then throw it in the oven to bake before dinner. Every time I make this healthy chicken recipe I save the carcass and make a big batch of my homemade Chicken Bone Broth recipe in a crockpot. I keep some of the bone broth in the refrigerator, and the rest in the freezer. I love using the bone broth for snacks and in other dinner recipes throughout the week.

Perfect Roast Chicken

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  1. Preheat oven to 425°F
  2. Remove chicken giblets and rinse chicken inside and out
  3. Pat chicken dry
  4. Place chicken in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  5. Liberally salt and pepper inside of chicken
  6. Stuff cavity with bunch of thyme, both halves of lemon and all garlic
  7. Brush outside of chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  8. Tie legs together with butcher’s string and tuck wings under body of chicken
  9. Place each onion quarter into a corner of dish
  10. Roast chicken for 1½ hours or until juices run clear
  11. Allow to cool slightly and serve

My version of Perfect Roast Chicken is based upon one from Ina Garten. While Ina’s recipe for Perfect Roast Chicken calls for wheat flour, chicken stock, and butter, mine is a tad simpler and gluten-free as well. My boys adore this roasted chicken recipe and I think you will too!

Here are some paleo side dishes that we serve with this easy paleo chicken recipe!


53 responses to “Perfect Roast Chicken”

  1. Great recipe for roasted chicken! I’m sure it tastes even better, can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This tasted divine, but smoked up my whole house. Any idea what I could have done differently? I followed the recipe to a T and it was delicious but I nearly killed us all with the smoke! We literally had to eat outside!

  3. Hm…..yummy! Can’t believe such simplicity produces such good taste. I remember all too well the hustle I had to go through garnsihing n then actually baking a whole chicken before this. Cheers mate

  4. Hi – I just made this roasted chicken. Got my chicken from our Sunday Market here in sw France. The chicken is local and raised on a farm not far from my house, it was the best roasted chicken I’ve made. Thanks!

  5. Just made this chicken and it was AMAZING. How could I do two at once for company? Same temperature in the oven with just a little more cooking time?
    Our family of 3 just about ate the whole thing, but I’d love to make this when we have people over.

  6. elana, this roasted chicken is just wonderful! i did follow the suggestions of the the first poster and used butter and lemon in addition to the other ingredients. This is my new favorite recipe!

  7. I have tried roasting a whole chicken a few times with varying degrees of success. I tried this recipe tonight, and it was so simple and delicious! I will definitely be using this recipe again! Thanks Elana!
    Tomorrow – roast chicken stock =)

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