Perfect Roast Chicken


prep 0:20       total 1:50


6 servings



1 (5) roasting chicken
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch 20 plus sprig fresh thyme
1 lemon, halved
1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
2 tbsp. butter, melted
1 lg. yellow onion, thickly sliced
4 carrots cut into 2-inch chunks
1 bulb of fennel, tops removed, and cut into wedges
Olive oil


Preheat the oven to 425°F.

Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pin feathers and pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, both halves of lemon, and all the garlic. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper.

Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Place the onions, carrots, and fennel in a roasting pan. Toss with salt, pepper, 20 sprigs of thyme, and olive oil. Spread around the bottom of the roasting pan and place the chicken on top.

Roast the chicken for 1-1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a platter and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes. Slice the chicken onto a platter and serve it with the vegetables.

Author's Comments

I've never had a roast chicken with more flavor than this one. Really easy, too. The veggies roast and get caramelized in the bottom of the pan and are SO good. Make sure you get the fennel bulb, it adds a lot of flavor to the veggies. And the fresh thyme is really important, too. From Barefoot Contessa.

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1 Recipe Reviews


ryansnyder reviewed Perfect Roast Chicken on September 2, 2005

Wow. Juicy, flavorful, delicious and easy to make. A real keeper -- Thanks Jinxy!