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whole chicken in a casserole dish

How to Roast the Perfect Chicken

Wow your taste buds with the easiest and most delicious roast chicken.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 12
Author Rebecca


  • 4-5 lb whole chicken giblets removed
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  • Pat chicken dry with paper towel.
  • Tress chicken (tie up it's legs with kitchen twine or sewing thread, which ever you have on hand)
  • Cover skin and cavity with salt and pepper.
  • Place bird in roasting pan, then in the oven. Cook for ~90 minutes (for a 5 lb bird)
  • Once bird is done, place on cutting board (preferably one with a well around edge, you don't want chicken juices spreading all over your counter & floor!) Baste with juices at bottom of pan. Let rest for 15 minutes before carving.