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Perfect Every Time Roast Chicken

Chicken, General, Gluten Free | October 30, 2011 | By

Roasted Chicken

Rob got this great book as a birthday gift, Man Skills:  Everything Men Need (or just want) to KnowNumber 3 on the list is “How To Carve a Chicken or Turkey Like a Pro”, following Number 1:  How To Shake Hands Properly and Number 2:  How To Buy Flowers.  I’d like to take this a step further to add that a man should also know how to roast said chicken or turkey as well. I let the boys know this at the dinner table. They’re all for it and Shane asked if I would also teach him to make lasagna. Sure honey, but I’ll keep knowing how to blow smoke rings to myself.

Men & Perfect Chicken Roasters-in-training: My Boys

The aftermath. Nothing like a picked clean carcass to give you the satisfaction of a job well done. It’s perfect every time.

Roasted Chicken Carcass

Perfect Every Time Roast Chicken
Serves 4


  • 1 5-6 pound chicken
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • Kitchen string

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Remove the chicken giblets and rinse the chicken inside and out. Pat the outside dry. Place the chicken in a roasting pan and salt and pepper the inside. I usually have a pile of salt and ground pepper waiting on a piece of wax paper. Roll the wax paper into a cone with the salt and pepper inside and coat the inside of the chicken with the salt and pepper. It’s a slippery business, but works for me!

Stuff the inside of the chicken with the bunch of thyme, both halves of the lemon and all the garlic. Tie the legs together and tuck the wing tips under the chicken. Pour the melted butter over the outside of the chicken and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Roast the chicken for at least 1 1/2 hours.  Checking for doneness:  the skin will be a darker golden brown, the legs will pull away easily from the body and juices will run clear.

Inspired by Ina Garten’s Roast Chicken recipe.

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  1. Diane
    January 9, 2012

    Glad the book spurned even more man skills…like you don’t have enough testosterone in your house already. Maybe the boys could learn how to serve dinner to guests…we’ll gladly be their guinea pigs! :)

  2. Karen
    November 6, 2011

    John and I just finished the delectable “perfect every time roast chicken.” I must say…it was the best tasting (and looking) chicken I’ve ever made! I did not have kitchen string so I used a few pieces of the thyme – worked out great! Now if I can just figure out how to get those wing tips tucked in properly?!? Thanks Kristen!