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Whole Roasted Chicken in a cast iron skillet

Garlic Rosemary Oven Roasted Chicken

  • Author: Amanda
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


This fool proof easy oven roasted chicken is an oven roasted whole chicken that's the perfect way to not only get a nutritious meal on the table but it's an even better way to eat healthy on a budget! 


  • 1 4-5 lb whole chicken
  • 3 tbs of grass fed butter or ghee (softened)
  • 3 tbs fresh rosemary, chopped or use 3 tsp dried + a few sprigs for the cavity 
  • 3 tbs fresh thyme, chopped or use 3 tsp dried + a few sprigs for the cavity
  • 2 lemons, quartered
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder 
  • 1 lb of baby potatoes, halved
  • 4 carrots. cut into 2-3 inch chunks
  • 1 tbs olive oil 
  • 3 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 3 tsp black pepper, divided


For the Roasted Chicken

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Prepare the chicken: Remove the giblets from the cavity and pat chicken dry with paper towels. In a small bowl, mix together the butter, garlic, seasonings, rosemary, thyme. Place the chicken in the skillet breast side up and tuck the wing tips under. Using your index finger, gently separate the skin from the chicken breasts to create a pocket. Spread half of the butter mixture underneath the chicken breast skin and the remainder on the outside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with lemons and the thyme and rosemary sprigs. 
  3. Place the chicken in the oven and immediately turn the temperature down to 375F. Allow the chicken to cook for 1 hour and 40 minutes or until the thickest part of the thigh reads an internal temperature of 165F. 
  4. When the chicken is done, remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes. 
  5. Serve alongside the potatoes and carrots. 

For the sides

  1. Arrange the potatoes and carrots in another skillet or a parchment lined baking sheet. Toss with 1 tbs of olive oil and liberally season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  2. Place in the oven when the chicken has been cooking for 35 minutes. 
  3. Remove from oven with the chicken and serve! 


- Nutritional information is estimated through a vetted system but please note that data can vary depending on the products you use and the products that were used to create the nutritional database.

- Nutritional information DOES NOT include the sides. 

  • Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: whole roasted chicken, oven roasted chicken, rosemary chicken, garlic rosemary chicken