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Roasted Chicken

Simple Roast Chicken

I’m lazy when it comes to roasting a chicken, and I’ve found this super simple technique works every time. If you haven’t tried roasting a chicken yet, I think you’ll be surprised just how simple--and utterly nourishing--it is.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Calories 250 kcal
Author Lia Huber



  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. 

  2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. Gently work your fingertips under the breast, leg and thigh, and rub meat with salt and pepper (I like to fill a separate little ramekin with a mix of salt and pepper to do this so I don’t get my pepper grinder all chicken-y). Sprinkle more salt and pepper on top of skin and in cavity. Stuff the thyme sprigs under the skin and the lemon halves into the cavity. 

  3. Roast on a V-rack in a roasting pan, breast side up, for 50-75 minutes, until the legs pull away easily and the juices run clear. A thermometer in the deepest part of the thigh should read 160°F (the temperature will continue to rise to 165°F after taking it out of the oven).

  4. Let chicken stand at room temperature for 15 minutes (tent it with foil to keep it warm) before carving.