Perfect roast chicken

Prep 15 min
Plus Roasting Time: 75 minutes, Standing Time: 10 minutes
Makes 4 to 6 Servings



1.75 kg
whole chicken
large lemon
garlic cloves, peeled
2 tbsp
butter, at room temperature


  • Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C). Remove neck and giblets from body cavity of chicken. Set aside and use for gravy if you wish. Place rack in shallow-sided roasting pan. Lightly spray with oil and set both aside.
  • Cut lemon into 4 wedges. Coarsely chop garlic. Sprinkle garlic and salt over the inside of cavity. Stuff with lemon wedges.
  • Place chicken breast-side up on rack in roasting pan. Rub butter over skin. Sprinkle all over with salt. If you want chicken to hold it’s shape, tie legs together. But when testing, we got a more evenly cooked bird with crispier leg skin when we didn’t do this. Tuck wings underneath bird.
  • roast, uncovered, in centre of preheated oven, basting once or twice with pan juices, until an instant read thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh reads 170F (77C) and leg moves easily and its juices run clear, about 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hours
  • Remove cooked chicken to a cutting board. Loosely cover with foil and let stand 10 minutes before carving.

Cooking Tip:

Citrus stuffing, such as lemon, lime or orange placed in the cavity of a chicken creates a juicier bird. It also gives off fragrant steam as it heats.


Calories 430
Protein 43 g
Carbohydrates 5 g
Fat 25 g
Fibre 1 g
Sodium 196 mg

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