Simple Roast Chicken Special Edition Recipe of the Month October 2023(thanksgiving )


There’s no reason to get overly fussy with complicated techniques for a flavorful, rich and simple roast chicken; the ultimate comfort food.

Active Time:15 mins
Additional Time:2 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:2 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 small onion, peeled and quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered
  • 3 sprigs fresh tarragon
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 5-pound chicken, giblets removed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  2. Place onion, garlic, tarragon and thyme into the cavity of the chicken. Tie the legs together with kitchen string, mostly closing the cavity opening. Pull the wings so the tips overlap on top of the breast; tie them in place, wrapping string around the wings and body. Rub the chicken with oil, salt and pepper. Set in a roasting pan, breast-side down.

  3. Roast the chicken for 25 minutes. Turn breast-side up and continue roasting, basting occasionally with pan juices, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, without touching bone, registers 175°F, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. Transfer to a cutting board; let rest for 10 minutes. Remove the string before carving.



Kitchen string, roasting pan

Originally appeared: Updated November 2022


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size3 oz. (without skin)
Total Carbohydrate 1g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 47g
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 150mg
Vitamin A 129IU
Vitamin C 2mg
Folate 18mcg
Sodium 465mg
Calcium 31mg
Iron 3mg
Magnesium 56mg
Potassium 575mg
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