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Simple Roast Chicken

Gather loved ones to the table with this always-winning (and surprisingly easy) entrée
44 Ratings
85% would make again

Every home cook has a go-to recipe—the perfect dish to please even the pickiest eater or to impress every last guest at a dinner party. Perhaps this French favorite, a whole chicken seasoned with lemon and thyme and roasted to golden, crispy-skinned precision, will become yours. Reclaim celebrations of every size with this rustic culinary classic.

Simple Roast Chicken

Recipe syndicated from Sub-Zero Wolf

Yield: 4-6 Servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes, plus cooling time

Total Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes, plus cooling time


Maldon or sea salt

Cracked black pepper

One 3.5-to-4-pound chicken

1 head garlic, split horizontally

1 lemon, split horizontally

3 sprigs fresh thyme

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


1. Position the oven rack to rack position 3. Preheat Wolf electric oven to ROAST at 375°F.

2. Rub salt and pepper on the inside and outside skin of the chicken. Place the garlic, lemon and thyme inside the chicken cavity. Loosely tie the legs together. Rub oil over the entire chicken. Place the chicken on the roasting rack over a broiler pan. When the oven is preheated, place it in the oven. Insert a temperature probe in the center of the chicken thigh and set for 180°. The chicken will take 50 to 65 minutes to reach the internal temperature. Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 15 minutes. Then serve.

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