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Simple Weeknight Roast Chicken

Prep Time:

10 Minutes

Cook Time:

50-60 minutes


4 - 5 servings



About the Recipe

Looking for a classic and easy-to-make weeknight meal that will impress your family or guests? This recipe for a simple roast chicken is just what you need! With just a few simple ingredients and some basic preparation, you can create a mouth-watering chicken that's perfectly seasoned and tender on the inside, with crispy, golden-brown skin on the outside. Whether you're looking for a cozy dinner on a chilly night or a show-stopping main course for a special occasion, this recipe is sure to become a go-to favorite in your cooking repertoire. So grab a whole chicken, some olive oil, and your favorite herbs, and let's get started!


  • 1 Greener Pastures whole chicken (3-4 lbs)

  • 2 tbsp organic olive oil

  • 2 tsp sea salt

  • 1 tsp organic black pepper

  • 1/2 tsp organic celery seed

  • 1 organic lemon, quartered

  • 4 sprigs of fresh organic thyme (optional)



  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F.

  2. Remove the chicken from the packaging and pat dry with paper towels. This will help the skin crisp up in the oven.

  3. Rub the chicken with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and celery seed. Make sure to season the chicken inside the cavity as well.

  4. Stuff the cavity with lemon quarters and thyme sprigs, if using.

  5. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine, tucking the wing tips under the body of the chicken.

  6. Place the chicken in a roasting pan or oven-safe skillet, breast side up.

  7. Roast the chicken in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the chicken reaches 165°F.

  8. Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before carving and serving.

Enjoy your simple and delicious roast chicken!

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