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Roast Chicken with spices, garlic, onions, thyme and lemon in a baking dish

Always Perfect Roasted Chicken

  • Author: Jocelyn Wilhelm
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


Roasted Chicken is one of my favorite Sunday dish to make. Because the week starts off with this simple and always perfect roasted chicken recipe. Then come Monday, I made this Very Delicious Chicken Flautas with the leftover chicken. Then with the carcass I made the Always Perfect Chicken Stock. I love that nothing goes to waste!


  • 4 lb. Roasting Chicken
  • 1/4 c. Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 T. sea salt
  • 1/4 t. black pepper
  • 1/4 t. paprika
  • 1/4 c. of sliced onion
  • 1 lemon cut in half
  • sprigs of thyme
  • 1 whole bulb of garlic


  1. Rub the whole chicken with 1/4 c. olive oil.
  2. Then on a small dish, mix 1/2 T. sea salt, 1/4 t. black pepper and 1/4 t. paprika.  Rub the dry mixture all over the chicken, as well as inside the cavity.
  3. Stuff the chicken with 1 lemon cut in half with seeds removed, 1/4 c. of sliced onion, sprigs of thyme and a whole bulb of garlic (yes, a whole bulb – don’t worry it’s an aphrodisiac!).
  4. Cut the garlic crosswise (so the garlic flavor will slowly infuse on to the chicken as it cooks).  Slice a few cloves of garlic and put some in between the skin of the chicken and the meat.
  5. Roast the chicken in the oven for 30 minutes in 425 degree F .  After 30 minutes, decrease the temperature to 350 degree F and cook until a thermometer inserted into the chicken breast registers 165 degree F, 30 to 45 minutes.  Enjoy!


This is a nice meal to make on a Sunday, then throughout the week you can make other dishes made with left-over chicken meat, then as a finalé, you can make chicken stock with the carcass!

Be sure to remove the seeds from the lemon as this may give it a bitter taste.

Another thing to note, is lemon with thicker rib will tend to be bitter, so keep an eye on that and use lemons that have thinner skin.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: American
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