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Roast Chicken Recipe

Simple Roast Chicken flavored with garlic, butter and herbs, then oven roasted to a golden, crispy, and juicy perfection! 

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Course Dinner
Cuisine American, American/Southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 4 to 5 people
Calories 443 kcal


  • 3 to 3-1/2 pound whole broiler-fryer chicken
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning, or you can also use fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 3 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled


  1. Preheat oven to 450˚F.
  2. Remove giblets from inside of the chicken's cavity.
  3. Thoroughly dry the chicken with paper towels.
  4. Place chicken, breast side UP, on a rack set over a shallow roasting pan or jelly roll pan.
  5. Brush chicken with melted butter.
  6. Sprinkle or rub minced garlic all over chicken.
  7. In a small bowl combine salt, basil, thyme, and lemon pepper; rub onto the chicken.
  8. Add some salt to the inside of the cavity and fill the cavity with lemon slices, rosemary, and garlic cloves.
  9. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine, and tuck the wings under the body of the chicken.
  10. Roast, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  11. Reduce oven temperature to 350˚F and continue to cook until done; about 1 more hour and 10 minutes, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165˚F.
  12. Remove from oven and baste the chicken with the juices.
  13. Let rest for about 15 to 20 minutes before cutting.

Recipe Notes


  • REDUCE points down to 5 by consuming chicken breast meat, only.
Nutrition Facts
Roast Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 443 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 627mg26%
Potassium 367mg10%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 490IU10%
Vitamin C 18.6mg23%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.