Wonderful Roasted Whole Chicken

This classic recipe is so easy and so amazing.  

Perfect for the holidays or any time of the year, for that matter. So succulent and so full of flavor.

Roasted whole chicken recipe


This is a recipe we’ve adapted from Julia Childs and Ina Garten…but with our own touch. It’s just gorgeous in its simplicity and the flavors are so heartwarming.

Folks have been consuming roasted chicken for many, many generations. It’s economical, easy to prepare, and when done right, juicy and so delicious!

We love to serve this with Roasted Potatoes with Balsamic and Herbs.

The roasted vegetables add such a depth of flavor for this chicken!

Roasted whole chicken recipe

We just cannot rave about this Roasted Whole Chicken enough. Perfect for serving at dinner parties, holiday gathering, or a lovely Sunday meal.

And just wait until you smell your home as this is baking in the oven..

This dish is special enough that it’s perfect for any special occasion, but honestly, it’s so simple to prepare, it’s wonderful for dinner parties or even a busy weeknight with the family.

Roasted whole chicken recipe

And now, go ahead and make this Wonderful Roasted Whole Chicken recipe! . You’ll be so glad you did!

Ready to make the best chicken in town? Go for it! And when you do, be sure to take a picture, post it on Instagram, and tag @howtofeedaloon and hashtag #howtofeedaloon!

Roasted whole chicken on a platter

Wonderful Roasted Whole Chicken

This wonderful roasted whole chicken really is wonderful. The flavors are classic. So simple, but so incredible in flavor. Perfect for a holiday feast! Enjoy!
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Course: Entree
Cuisine: American / French
Keyword: Roasted Chicken
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 398kcal


  • 7 - 8 lb roasting chicken
  • 2 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 carrots roughly chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion sliced
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 lemon cut in half
  • 1 head of garlic split in half
  • 2 bunches thyme sprigs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups of chicken stock


  • Preheat oven to 425 F
  • Melt 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of the butter
  • Remove the chicken giblets from the cavity and rinse the chicken inside and out with cold water.
  • Liberally salt the inside of the chicken.
  • Stuff the chicken with the garlic, lemon and 1 bunch of the thyme sprigs.
  • Using a brush, or your hands (after it's cooled a little), rub the melted butter all over the outside of the bird.
  • Salt and pepper the outside of the bird.
  • Place the veggies and the other sprigs of thyme in a roasting pan.
  • Toss with the olive oil and then salt (about a half a teaspoon).
  • Place the chicken on the veggies.
  • Bake for about 1 to 1 & 1/2 hours, until the internal temp reaches 165F (an instant read thermometer works perfectly here). The juices will run clear when you pierce between the leg and the breast.
  • After about 20 minutes, add the chicken stock to the pan.
  • Baste the bird about every 30 minutes.
  • Once done, remove the chicken and let rest for about 20 minutes, tent with foil.
  • Add veggies to serving dish.
  • Add bird to serving platter, slice, serve...and ENJOY!


Calories: 398kcal
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