Flavorful Oven Roasted Chicken

Roasted Chicken

(This recipe is for a non-stuffed, 8 lb chicken.  Adjust accordingly for the perfect result! The best guideline is to bake the chicken for at least 20 minutes per pound)


  • 1 chicken (thawed)
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 4 garlic cloves (rough chop)
  • 2 lemons (squeeze out juice & cut into multiple wedges)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh rosemary (rough chop ½, whole sprig ½)
  • Salt & pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Remove innards from chicken, discard, and rinse chicken thoroughly in cool water
  • Place chicken in large roasting pan and cover with olive oil, salt, pepper, rough chopped rosemary, diced onions, and fresh squeezed lemon juice.
  • Place a lemon wedge or two inside the chicken with the sprig of rosemary and chunks of garlic.
  • Place remaining ingredients in the pan surrounding the chicken.
  • Cover with aluminum foil
  • Place chicken in oven and bake for approximately 2.25 hours
  • Remove aluminum foil and continue to bake for 30 minutes (baste if desired)
  • Make sure inside temperature of chicken is at least 185°
  • Let sit for 10 minutes before carving/serving so the juices can be reabsorbed into the chicken


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Flavorful Oven Roasted Chicken

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