Classic Roast Chicken

Lynette !


This recipe produces a wonderfully moist chicken with crispy skin. The secret is the high temp in the last 15 minutes. Because of the high temp, cast iron cookware is recommended.....not required, but recommended. You may get smoke with other types of cookware, so be prepared. Adjust your cooking time if you have a bigger bird....make sure you reach a temp of 165°.


★★★★★ 2 votes

20 Min
1 Hr


Add to Grocery List

4 pound whole roasting chicken
2 tsp
unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 tsp
fresh thyme, minced
1 tsp
1 tsp
ground coriander
2 tsp
extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
black pepper, freshly ground
2 clove
garlic, minced
shallots, peeled and halved
fresh thyme leaves
lemon, quartered

How to Make Classic Roast Chicken


  • 1Preheat oven to 350°.
  • 2Discard giblets and neck from chicken. (Save for another use if desired) Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breasts and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat.
  • 3Combine butter and next 7 ingredients (through garlic) in a small bowl. Rub mixture under the loosened skin, over flesh; rub over top of the skin.
  • 4Tie ends of the legs together with cooking string. Lift the wing tips up and over back; tuck under chicken. Place chicken, breast side up, on a rack; place rack in roasting pan. Place shallots, thyme sprigs, and lemon in cavity of chicken.
  • 5Bake at 350° for 45 minutes.
  • 6Increase oven temperature to 450° (do not remove chicken); bake at 450° for 15 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in meaty part of leg registers 165°.
  • 7Remove chicken from pan; let stand 10 minutes. Discard skin if you are watching your fat intake, eat it if you just can't resist the crispy skin! Carve chicken.

Printable Recipe Card

About Classic Roast Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom

Show 3 Comments & Reviews

Winner, Winner Have An Easy Chicken Dinner Tonight Recipe

Winner, Winner Have an Easy Chicken Dinner Tonight

Kitchen Crew

Chicken is my go-to when I just can't figure out what to make for dinner. Whenever I find myself wondering what to make, I grab a package at the market...

13 Cluckin' Great Chicken Recipes For Tonight's Dinner

13 Cluckin' Great Chicken Recipes for Tonight's Dinner

Kitchen Crew@JustaPinch

Need some inspiration for tonight's dinner? Try one of these 13 cluckin' great chicken recipes.

15 Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes

15 Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes

Kitchen Crew@JustaPinch

Craving an easy weeknight meal? Look no further. Check out these simply irresistible ways to dress up chicken for a delicious (and easy) dinner recipe!