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Perfect Roast Chicken

Stephanie LeBlanc
A simple recipe for the most delicious roast chicken you've ever had!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 1 roasting chicken 5-6 pounds
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • 2 large oranges
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed with your knife
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 pound bacon


  • Heat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Remove the giblets from the chicken. Pat the chicken dry.
  • Liberally salt and pepper the chicken on the inside. Stuff with onions, oranges, and thyme.
  • Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the chicken.
  • Brush the outside of the chicken with melted butter and liberally salt and pepper the outside of the chicken.
  • Lay slices of bacon over the chicken to cover.
  • Roast in the oven for one hour.
  • Remove the bacon and set aside.
  • Roast the chicken for an additional 30 minutes or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and thigh.
  • Remove the chicken, set aside, and cover loosely with foil. Let rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.
Keyword entertaining, healthy dinner, roast chicken