Perfect Roast Chicken
Servings Prep Time
8servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1.5hours
Servings Prep Time
8servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1.5hours
Ingredients
  • 15-6 lb. roasting chicken
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1bunch thymeplus 20 sprigs
  • 1 lemonhalved
  • 1head garliccut in half crosswise
  • 2Tbsp. buttermelted
  • 1large yellow onionhickly sliced
  • 4 carrotscut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1bulb fenneltops removed, and cut into wedges
  • olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pin feathers and pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, both halves of lemon, and all the garlic. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Place the onions, carrots, and fennel in a roasting pan. Toss with salt, pepper, 20 sprigs of thyme, and olive oil. Spread around the bottom of the roasting pan and place the chicken on top.
  3. Roast the chicken for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a platter and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes. Slice the chicken onto a platter and serve it with the vegetables.