Seriously Easy Roast Chicken


I buy Costco rotisserie chickens all the time. They taste good, they’re five bucks and I can use them in a million ways. Enough said.

I’m the first to admit I don’t exactly have the best success rate when it comes to cooking meat. We do a lot of barbecuing (I mean Aaron does a lot of barbecuing), in the winter I can handle just about anything that requires four to six hours in a crock pot, but when it comes to searing, baking, frying or roasting; my track record is to completely overcook whatever I’m making until rubbery and tasteless. Unless you like burned. Then I’m your girl.

There was that one time I was so committed to NOT overcooking a whole chicken that I pulled the bird out way to early and nearly gave everyone salmonella. I distinctly remember Aaron offering to order pizza.

But all that’s changed. Scrolling through Instagram last week, I saw a recipe for roast chicken that looked easy enough even I could handle it. Two lemons, some salt and pepper and a big pot. Seemed easy enough.

I’ve made this recipe twice since then and I’ve used the leftover chicken in stir-fry, soup and quesadillas. It is moist and flavorful without being overpoweringly lemon. If there’s anything you try on this blog, this should be it.

Easy Roast Chicken

  • 5 pound whole chicken, giblets removed
  • 2 lemons, cut into quarters
  • salt and pepper

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap your chicken and rinse it in cold water. Dry it off with paper towels and pull the giblets from the interior. This is very gross, but its 10 seconds so just do it. Stuff the bird with the lemons and liberally sprinkle with salt and pepper. I gave my bird a sprinkle of dry parsley and 2 shakes of Trader Joes 21 seasoning salute but honestly, it didn’t need it. Salt and pepper is enough. Put the bird in the dutch oven with the lid on. Cook for one hour covered. Cook an additional 20 minutes UNCOVERED at 400 degrees.

You can’t mess this up. Chop up some veggies and roast them at 400 degrees while your bird rests/cools off. Slice up some French bread, maybe pour a glass of wine. Dinner is done. So good. So easy.

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