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Easy Roasted Chicken

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
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
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.