How To Roast Chicken

Learn how to roast chicken in the oven. Easy recipe for tender and juicy chicken cooked along with vegetables in one pan for easy cleanup. Perfect for meal planning, you’ll also see recipes for using the chicken in recipes throughout the week.

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If you’re cooking for one or two, the idea of making roast chicken for dinner might not have crossed your mind. Certainly, if you’re browsing the recipe ideas here on our site, you’ll see mostly single serving recipes or ones that will serve two people. That doesn’t mean that cooking one larger meal that will leave you with fabulous tasting leftovers isn’t a good idea – it totally is!

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I happen to believe that roast chicken is an excellent idea if you’re cooking only for yourself. Chickens are easy to cook and the leftovers from a roasted chicken are fabulous!

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Oven Roasted Chicken

Roasting a whole chicken along with the vegetables all in one pan makes a wonderful meal with very little cleanup.

I don’t use a roasting rack, instead I place the chicken on a bed of fresh chopped vegetables that cook alongside the chicken. Feel free to use your favorite vegetables but I love using carrots, potatoes and broccoli florets to the pan.

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How To Roast Chicken

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Rinse and pat dry the chicken with paper towels. Be sure to remove any giblets and the neck if included.

Season the inside of the chicken with salt, pepper, and spices. I love adding dried or fresh rosemary along with a few lemon slices and garlic cloves.

Place the chicken on a roasting pan and scatter the vegetables around the chicken.

To make sure the crust of the chicken is flavorful and crispy, rub olive oil and softened butter over the skin and over the vegetables

The chicken roasts in the oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes and will fill your kitchen with such an incredible aroma.

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How Long Does Cooked Chicken Last In The Fridge?

Cooked chicken will last for 3-4 days if kept covered in the refrigerator.

Ways To Use Leftover Chicken

Having leftover chicken can certainly be a blessing, so consider yourself lucky. Extra chicken can make meal planning easy.

Consider adding leftover chicken to a green salad.

Make a chicken salad.

Add it to fried rice.

Simmer it in a pot of soup.

What To Serve With Roast Chicken

You might like to consider serving any of these easy side dish recipes with roasted chicken:

Mashed Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes


Rice Pilaf

Pasta Salad

Other Single Serving Chicken Recipes

Baked Chicken Caprese

Baked Chicken Tenders

Creamy Mustard Chicken

Cashew Chicken

Chicken Chili

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Roast Chicken Recipe

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Roasted Lemon Chicken

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Main Dish
Keyword: chicken
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 207kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 4 carrots , thickly sliced
  • 1 onion , thickly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic , divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 5-6 pound chicken , rinsed and patted dry & giblets removed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt , divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed black pepper , divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 lemon , sliced in half
  • 4 tablespoons butter , softened


  • Heat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  • Place the broccoli, carrots, onion and 2 cloves of the garlic in a roasting pan. Toss with a 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. 
  • Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out and pat the outside dry with a paper towel. 
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of crushed black pepper and dried rosemary to the inside of the chicken.
  • Stuff the cavity with the cut lemon, the two remaining cloves of garlic and two tablespoons of butter.
  • Place the chicken on top of the vegetables in the roasting pan. 
  • Rub the outside skin of the chicken with the remaining 2 tablespoons of softened butter and 1/2 teaspoon olive oil.
  • Sprinkle the top of the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. 
  • Roast the chicken for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices of the chicken run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh.
  • Remove the chicken and vegetables to a platter and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes.
  • Slice the chicken and serve with the vegetables.


Feel free to add other vegetables to roast, if you would like. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 740mg | Potassium: 428mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 10825IU | Vitamin C: 61.5mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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