Crispy Roast Chicken


Classic and delicious, this roast chicken recipe will shine on the table fresh from the oven, served with any side. And this oven-roasted chicken is basic enough to play well in any recipe that calls for cooked chicken.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 50 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
6 servings
Nutrition Profile:


  • 1 (4 1/2- to 5-lb.) whole chicken, giblets removed and discarded

  • 1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • ½ small lemon, cut into wedges

  • ½ small yellow onion, cut into wedges

  • 3 medium garlic cloves, smashed


  1. Pat chicken dry, and place, breast side up, on a wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 425F. Loosen and lift skin from breasts, thighs, and legs with fingers. (Do not totally detach skin.) Stir together butter, salt, and pepper. Spread evenly underneath loosened skin. Carefully replace skin. Place lemon, onion, and garlic in cavity, and tie legs together with kitchen twine.

  3. Roast in preheated oven until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of breast registers 165F, 60 to 70 minutes. Let rest 20 minutes before carving. Discard skin, lemon, onion, and garlic.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

236 Calories
11g Fat
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 3 oz. meat
Calories 236
% Daily Value *
Protein 32g 64%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Sodium 415mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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