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Easy Roast Chicken

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One bird, one pan and lots of butter. Easy Roast chicken is a simple as 4 ingredients and your oven. Yields 4 to 6 servings.
Course Mains & Entrees
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, dinner, easy, poultry, simple roast chicken
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 101
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 1 (3 to 5 pound) whole chicken
  • 4 tablespoons super soft unsalted butter
  • kosher salt
  • coarsely ground black pepper


  • Preheat your oven to 400°.
  • Remove the giblets from the cavity of the chicken. Pat the chicken dry with paper towel.
  • With your hands, rub the entire chicken with the softened butter. Season the inside of the chicken cavity with a few pinches of kosher salt and black pepper before seasoning the outside of the chicken as well.
  • Place the chicken, breast side facing up, on the lowest rack of your oven and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until fully cooked.
  • Carefully remove the chicken and transfer to a carving board and let rest under tented aluminum foil for 10 to 15 minutes before carving and serving.
  • Alternatively, shred the chicken while it's still warm. If preparing for a later date, allow to cool before storing in an airtight container and refrigerate for 5 to days, or freeze for 2 to 3 months.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 4mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg