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Whole Roasted Chicken Recipe

A simple recipe for a Whole Roasted Chicken! Learn how to roast a chicken in the oven for the perfect easy dinner
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword oven roasted chicken, whole roasted chicken recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 6 people (about 5 oz chicken each)
Calories 439kcal
WW Freestyle Points 1


  • 5 lb whole roasting chicken
  • 2 cups carrots quartered
  • 1 cup onion quartered (one medium onion)
  • 1 cup celery quartered
  • 1 lemon sliced in segments
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2-4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2-4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken stock


  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Pat chicken dry, and place in a baking dish or roasting pan. Remove any giblets or organs from the center of the chicken.
  • Stuff chicken with carrots, onion, garlic, celery & lemon. Leave extra vegetables and lemon around the chicken in the dish.
  • Tie the chicken legs together with kitchen string/twine. Pour chicken stock into base of the baking dish.
  • Drizzle the chicken with olive oil and rub the oil all over the skin of the chicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Bake the chicken uncovered for 1 hour.
  • After an hour, cover the chicken with foil and bake for an additional 15-30 minutes. You can also baste the chicken with the drippings.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check internal temperature - it should be 165. Allow the chicken to rest for 10 minutes. Slice + enjoy!



Tips for Cooking a Whole Chicken

  • Don't be afraid. People seem to be so grossed out or nervous about cooking a whole chicken... it's really not that different than regular chicken breasts!
    • If you're really grossed out by it (I mean, I get it.. sticking your hand in a chicken is weird and unpleasant), you can wear disposable gloves
  • Make sure to clean out the inside of the chicken. Many chickens will come with the insides pre-cleaned. Sometimes they leave the organs inside in a little bag or pouch. You want to toss those (this is where those gloves come in handy.)
  • Always pat your chicken dry before spraying, stuffing and seasoning it - This allows the skin to get really crispy + full absorb the flavors
  • Have patience. - An hour or two in the oven might seem like a long time, but it is SO worth it.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Whole Roasted Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving (5 oz chicken (estimated. use a scale for accurate results))
Calories 439 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 136mg45%
Sodium 351mg15%
Potassium 518mg15%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 7382IU148%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. This is an estimate and can vary pending your ingredients
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