Simply Divine No-Fail Roasted Chicken

by Alli

This is one recipe that you can’t mess up.  No way.  No how.  It is a simple masterpiece of perfection each and every time.  It’s absolutely nothing like the recurring nightmare of that first barbecued chicken I made when I was a mere child of 23 . . . .

We had a guest minister, his wife and baby staying with us for a couple of days.  I was newly married and, let’s be completely honest here, my cooking repertoire consisted of Hamburger Helper Beef Stroganoff, Hamburger Helper Lasagna and Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni.  Oh, and just plain hamburgers and fries.  I could also make oven barbecued chicken.  I’m almost positive that I could cook a couple of other things, but suffice it to say that I have not been able to so much as glance at a box of hamburger helper in 30 years.  Do they still make that stuff?

You have to remember, I grew up in the home of an awesome cook.  There was no need for me to ever be bothered with cooking.  Hey, I did the dishes, so why mess with a good thing.  That was enough.

So I decided I would make oven barbecued chicken.  But I knew I would have to double the amount that I normally made.  If I recall correctly, and because there is no one to dispute it, I made scalloped potatoes, green beans and rolls.  I’m going to fail to mention that the potatoes came out of a box, also.

What I didn’t take into consideration is that when one doubles a recipe (as in two baking dishes full instead of one) one (namely me) should also increase the baking time.  Duh!

Easy Roasted Chicken with butter and garlic is delicious.

Simply Divine No-Fail Roasted Chicken

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This roasted chicken is so easy to make and it's full of flavor.


  • 5- to 6-pound chicken at room temperature, wing tips removed
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 4 whole garlic cloves
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, optional
  • 1 tablespoon snipped, fresh rosemary (or a tsp of dried) (optional)
  • Kosher salt & pepper to taste


  1. Place oven rack on next to lowest level and preheat oven to 500°F (or for convection, reduce to 450°F).
  2. Remove neck and giblets. Stuff the cavity of the chicken with the lemon, garlic, and butter, if using. Season the cavity and skin with rosemary, salt and pepper.
  3. Place the chicken in a 12 x 8 x 1 1/2-inch roasting pan breast side up. Put in the oven and roast 50 to 60 minutes, or until the juices run clear. (After 10 minutes of roasted, push that bird around a little bit to make sure it doesn't stick to the pan and to show him who's the boss.)


In the past, I have trussed that chicken and given him a deep tissue massage with buttered fingers kissed with rosemary, but I declare that I couldn't tell the difference, even with all that excess pampering. Plain and simple is the best way to go with this bird, in my humble opinion.

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I was so proud of my little dinner . . . . . . . . until I cut into that piece of seemingly perfectly cooked chicken.  It crowed.  It spewed blood.  It tried to make a run for it.  I swooned.  I blushed.  I stammered.  I crammed that bird back into the oven.  Dinner was delayed but not completely destroyed.  I survived.  And I thrived.





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