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Easy Roast Chicken with Lemon, Garlic and Herbs

This easy roast chicken is one of those family meals that brings everyone around the table.   It looks absolutely fantastic and like you spent hours making it, but it's actually fairly simple.  Its impressive enough for company but easy enough for a regular weeknight dinner with your family. 
Course Main
Cuisine American, Canadian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 527kcal
Author Julie & Debbie


  • 5 lb roasting chicken (approximate size)


  • 4 tbsp butter at room temperature
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika


  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 2 heads garlic
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 sprigs thyme


  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
    Rinse your chicken with cold water inside and out and dry well with paper towels.
  • Remove the herbs from their stems and roughly chop.  Mix with the butter.  Rub the butter mixture all over the skin of the chicken. Sprinkle skin with salt, pepper and paprika. Stuff the cavity of the chicken with the remaining lemon, garlic, and herbs.
  • Tuck the wings under the chicken and truss up the legs with string if desired. You don't have to do this, but it can help your chicken cook more evenly.
  • Put your chicken in a large cast iron pan or roaster and pop it in the oven and cook for 20 mins. Then reduce the heat to 350 and roast your chicken for approximately 20 minutes per pound, or until the temperature of the breast meat registers at 180 degrees.
  • When its done, tent it immediately with foil for 10 mins and let the meat rest in the pan to let the juices settle down and redistribute.  Serve whole and cut at the table, or chop it up and arrange the pieces on a serving tray. Everyone will be impressed either way! It tastes so so good.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 527kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 193mg | Sodium: 1067mg | Potassium: 467mg | Vitamin A: 2025IU | Vitamin C: 19.4mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3.3mg