Easy Roasted Chicken

Easy Roasted Chicken

This roasted chicken recipe really couldn’t be any easier.

The most difficult part about this recipe is remembering to defrost the chicken — not the actual roasting.  Like, seriously.

Easy Roasted Chicken

If you have a whole chicken, a few spices and a pan, you can roast a chicken.  A delicious chicken.

With flavorful, crispy skin and moist, tender meat.  All in about an hour.

Every. Time.

Easy Roasted Chicken

Roasting is so easy because the oven does all the work for you.  Just season and plop into the oven, and then walk away.  Just walk away.

I love it.

Easy Roasted Chicken

And it’s not just roasted chicken that’s super easy — roasted pork tenderloin, roasted squash, pan-roasted salmon, roast beef, roasted tomato sauce.  All easy and all delicious.

Easy Roasted Chicken

With chicken and turkey, I flip the bird breast-side down.  Lots of people keep the breast-side up, but I find the juices from the thighs help keep the breast more moist this way.  It may look a little wonky compared to the way you’re used to seeing it, but it’s totally worth it.

Easy Roasted Chicken

If you want (and I totally recommend!), dice up some sweet potatoes and toss the cubes into the pan around the chicken while it roasts.

And, again, with the amazingness of roasting.

Easy Roasted Chicken

Because who doesn’t love yummy food that’s super easy to make, good for you, and impressive?

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5 from 2 votes
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Easy Roasted Chicken
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
 
This recipe for easy roasted chicken couldn't be any easier. This makes one very delicious, moist roasted chicken, all in about an hour.
Categories: Easy Dinner
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: easy roasted chicken, how to clean a whole chicken, toasted chicken recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 486 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef
Ingredients
  • 1 2-3 lb roasting chicken
  • 1-2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1-2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1-2 tsp dried thyme
  • Optional: 2-3 sweet potatoes diced into 1-inch cubes
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Remove the giblets from the inside of the chicken. They are not needed for this recipe so you can either save or discard them.
  3. Rinse the chicken, inside and out, and pat dry.
  4. Place chicken, breast-side down, on either an oven-safe fry pan or a rack in a roasting pan.
  5. Season the chicken liberally with the salt, pepper and dried thyme.
  6. If you want (and I totally recommend!), dice up some sweet potatoes and toss the cubes into the pan around the chicken while it roasts.
  7. Insert a meat thermometer into the deepest part of the thigh and set to 165 degrees.
  8. Place the chicken in the oven and cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, approximately 45-60 minutes. (If you don't have a meat thermometer, you will know the chicken is done when the juices run clear between the leg and thigh when pierced with a fork.) Once done, carefully remove from the oven and allow to rest 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Roasted Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 486 Calories from Fat 316
% Daily Value*
Fat 35.1g54%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 195mg65%
Sodium 530mg22%
Carbohydrates 0.9g0%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Protein 38.9g78%
Vitamin A 3200IU64%
Vitamin C 7.4mg9%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

4 thoughts on “Easy Roasted Chicken

  1. 5 stars
    Wow! Again I’m challenged by a ‘Norwegian-proof’ recipe. My parents are both Scandahovians don’t cha know. I need yasureyabetcha help. And that it works beyond chix is a real +. I will of course, need to work hot peppers into it but that’s okay I do it anyways. Thanx

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