Classic Roast Chicken

Classic Roast Chicken

There are a few dishes that every girl should have in her back pocket. Roast chicken is most decidedly one of them. The ingredients are few, the recipe is simple, and the presentation is so stunning your family/guests/future husband (remember the craze over engagement chicken?) will be all too convinced of your culinary awesomeness. Everyone has their own spin on what qualifies as the perfect roast chicken, but I tend to keep it classic and unadorned. Making sure the skin is brown and crisp is key, as is getting the meat to stay tender and flavorful.

This is a great family meal since you have potatoes and veggies cooked right along with the chicken, soaking up all those savory juices. These are the types of recipes I like to keep at the ready and try to commit to memory (don’t worry it’s simple). Cooking without having to look at a recipe is freeing and as long as you have a trusty meat thermometer, you really can’t go wrong here. Having a basic yet impressive recipe like this committed to memory will also keep you from those last minute scrambles when you are in the grocery store but have no idea what to make. That’s the beauty of a classic roast chicken – it’s as perfect at a dinner party as it is served on plastic plates to hungry toddlers.



  1. What is your recommendation for a “good” meat thermometer?

  2. Looks yummy! I’m going to try this! I will make it exactly the way you do the first time and then try adding a few of my own seasonings and fresh herbs the next time! Thanks for a perfect roasted chicken recipe!!

    • You’re so welcome Sherri! That’s the beauty of roast chicken, it’s good so many different ways and you can really taylor the flavorings to what you like. Enjoy!