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How to Make a Simple Roast Chicken

How to Make a Simple Roast Chicken
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I love to make a Roast Chicken – and if it were up to me, I would probably roast a chicken every day! But I think my family might like a little more variety for dinner. 😉  But even so, no one objects when I bring a Roast Chicken to the table encased in a crispy skin that—when sliced—reveals moist and delicious meat inside.

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Leftovers Make Great Bone Broth

A Roast Chicken provides a warm and comforting meal and also makes for wonderful leftovers. But best of all is the carcass that’s left over! Why? Because you can use that carcass to make the most flavorful and nutritious Chicken Bone Broth for pennies a jar.

And once you master making Chicken Bone Broth, be sure to check out my video for how to make Beef Bone Broth where I share the best bones to use to create a rich and gelatinous broth.

Learn How to Make Chicken Bone Broth

So be sure to watch the video and print out my recipe to learn how to make a Simple Roast Chicken with crisp skin on the outside and tender, juicy meat on the inside! 😊 

And then check out my other video that will show you how to make Chicken Bone Broth with the leftover carcass…and learn about the secret ingredient that I add to make the best bone broth you’ve ever had!

Now that you’ve learned how to make a simple roast chicken, try these other chicken recipes too.

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How to Make a Simple Roast Chicken

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 2 hours 5 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total: 2 hours 25 minutes
Yield: 4 People
A Roast Chicken provides a warm and comforting meal and also makes for wonderful leftovers.


  • 1 Five pound Chicken
  • 1 tablespoon Salt Divided
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper Divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red pepper flakes Divided (Optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Dried mixed herbs Divided (Optional)
  • 4 tablespoons Unsalted butter Melted (Optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • Salt the chicken cavity (the inside of the chicken) with 1 teaspoon of the salt along with a 1/2 teaspoon of the black pepper. If using, add 1/4 teaspoon of the red pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon of the dried herbs to the cavity of the chicken.
  • Bend the wing tips of the chicken underneath the body of the chicken and tie the legs together with kitchen twine. This is a quick and easy way to “truss” a chicken without actually tying the entire chicken with twine.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush the exterior of the chicken with the melted butter, if using.
  • Sprinkle the chicken with the remaining salt and pepper, pepper flakes, and dried herbs, if using.
  • Place the roasting pan with the chicken into the oven and roast the chicken for 20-25 minutes per pound until the thigh reaches an internal temperature of 185°F. You can test this by using a cooking thermometer.
  • Once the internal temperature of the thigh reaches 185°F, remove the roasting pan with the chicken from the oven. Allow the chicken to rest in the roasting pan for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, transfer the roasted chicken to a serving platter. Carve, serve, and enjoy!



Be sure to save your chicken carcass to make the most flavorful and nutritious Roast Chicken Bone Broth with the recipe at
Do not discard the pan drippings in the bottom of the roasting pan. Reserve these drippings to add to your stock pot when you make Roast Chicken Bone Broth or use the drippings to make Chicken Gravy to serve with the roast chicken.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: Chicken, Roast Chicken, Sunday Dinner
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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! I took it out of the oven just half hour ago and already it’s looking like a carcass! (The bad thing is that I live alone…hehe)

    I have been needing some step-by-step guide to cook my first chicken CORRECTLY for such a long time and so happy I happened upon this site. I cannot wait to try the bone broth (if I will quit picking at the juice and veggies in the bottom of the pan, that is. 😉 )

    Thanks so much Mary for providing this for beginners. I never married and I am an empty-nester whose daughter would only eat fish sticks, Lunchables, and pizza, so I’m learning to cook for the first time, and I’m loving it.

    1. Oh Robin, I am so happy to hear that this video helped you! Glad you are on this traditional foods journey with me! Love, Mary

  2. Hi Mary,
    This recipe looks amazing. You’re right…there is nothing better for Sunday dinner than a roast chicken with all the fixings. You make it look so easy. And by the way, your site is lovely!

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