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Simple Roast Chicken Recipe

This classic Simple Roast Chicken Recipe is no-fuss, quick and delicious. The chicken is juicy, flavourful and so good.

Hey what’s for dinner you ask? Whole Roast Chicken is always a favourite! This juicy chicken can be ready for dinner in about 2 hours, making it a perfect recipe for any day of the week.

Double Duty.

A great thing about making a roasted chicken is that you can use the leftovers to make more meals! If you have leftover chicken add it to soups, tacos, casseroles, sandwiches and more. Another great option is to use the leftover chicken carcass to make homemade chicken stock, which is SO easy and delicious.

Perfect Roast Chicken Recipe Tips

  • CHICKEN: You can use any size of whole chicken. You will need about 20 minutes of cooking time per pound. For this recipe I usually use a 4 – 5 pound chicken. If you have a smaller chicken it will take less time to roast, and if you have a larger chicken it will take more time. A 3 lb chicken will take about 1 hour, a 4-5 lb chicken will take about 2 hours.
  • PREPARING THE CHICKEN FOR BAKING: I like to tuck back the wings, then tie up the legs with kitchen twine before baking. You don’t have to, but this does help with keeping the chicken moist.
  • WHEN IS THE CHICKEN DONE? The chicken is done when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (use a meat thermometer to check).
  • SEASONINGS: Use any of your favourite seasonings and spices for this recipe. We like the classic flavours of poultry seasonings like rosemary, sage and thyme (I prefer to use dried herbs but you can also use fresh herbs: 1 tsp dried = 1 tbsp fresh). And make sure to generously season with salt and pepper.
  • OIL: I like to use olive oil to baste the chicken, but you can also use vegetable oil or melted butter. Using an oil of some kind results in delicious crispy skin!
  • BAKING PAN: You can use a roasting pan, enamel baking dish, cast iron skillet or even a baking sheet.
  • LEFTOVERS: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Use them to add to soups, casseroles, make sandwiches and more.

Easy Chicken Dinner Menu Ideas

Gravy tip:

If you have pan juices on the bottom of the pan after roasting, use them to make this delicious, homemade gravy! The great thing about this recipe is that you can actually make gravy with very little pan drippings, or even none, just use chicken stock.


Simple Roast Chicken Recipe

This classic Simple Roast Chicken Recipe is no-fuss, quick and delicious. The chicken is juicy, flavourful and so good.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Oven


  • 1 (4 – 5 lb) whole chicken
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the whole chicken into an oven proof dish with sides. I like to use an enamel dish but you can use a roasting pan of your choice.
  3. Drizzle about 3 tablespoons of olive oil over the chicken and use a basting brush to help spread the oil over all the chicken.
  4. Sprinkle on the herbs.
  5. Season with the salt and pepper.
  6. Add a splash of water to the bottom of the pan, then place in the oven.
  7. Roast for approximately 2 – 2 1/2 hours (or longer depending on the size of the chicken). The chicken is done when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (place an instant read thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh and thickest part of the breast). And the chicken should be golden brown in colour.
  8. If any of the chicken darkens too quickly before it’s done roasting, tent it with some aluminum foil.
  9. Let the chicken rest for about 5 minutes, then carve and serve! Tip: I like to place a cutting board over a bed of paper towels to capture any juices that escape during carving.

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  1. Joanna, that chicken looks really delicious. There’s nothing better and more homey than a roast chciken dinner. I remember that ” I feel like chicken tonight” jingle. Funny.

  2. Small roasting chickens are delicious and yours looks awesome. Something that I found that makes them taste great and the fact that you like cooked onions is, cutting a whole onion into quarters and stuffing it inside the chicken. Once the chicken is done and you scoop the onions out, they honestly melt in your mouth because they take on such great flavor from the spices and the chicken.