Roasting is the easiest way to cook a chicken. For maximum browning, use a rimmed baking sheet instead of a high-sided roasting pan. Create a complete family-friendly meal by cooking vegetables like fennel alongside the bird.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken on a large rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Place a lemon half in cavity. Using kitchen twine, tie legs together. Add fennel and remaining lemons to sheet and toss with oil.

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  • Roast until juices run clear when chicken is pierced between breast and leg, or an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of a thigh (avoiding bone) registers 165, 60 to 70 minutes, basting chicken with pan juices and tossing fennel halfway through.

  • Transfer chicken to a platter and cover loosely with foil; let rest 10 minutes. Carve chicken. Serve with fennel and lemons.

Cook's Notes

There are several ways to test chicken for doneness. For a whole or cut-up chicken, you can use an instant-read thermometer or pierce the chicken and see if the juices run clear. For thin pieces of chicken, simply cut into the center and check if the meat is opaque.

Reviews (5)

87 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 37
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2018
Like kellih77 I too, used bone-in chicken thighs, and followed the rest of the instructions, except I rube the chicken with fresh crushed garlic. It turned out just wonderful! YUM YUM!
Rating: Unrated
02/22/2013
Wow an instant favorite. this is my second time and it's just as good and so easy.
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05/22/2009
this was delicious, I did not have a whole chicken so I used bone-in chicken thighs I soaked them in salt water all day rinsed well and followed the rest of the instructions exactly and this was the best chicken we have had in a long time and very easy.
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Rating: Unrated
04/30/2009
in the magazine this has over 600 calories per serving. Any ideas how to cut it down?
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04/28/2009
Use the stalks under the chicken to raise it off the pan and add flavor.