Ina Garten Makes Perfect Roast Chicken | Food Network

The Barefoot Contessa shares her recipe for perfect roast chicken with vegetables.

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Perfect Roast Chicken
Level: Intermediate
Total: 2 hr 10 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive: 20 min
Cook: 1 hr 30 min
Yield: 8 servings


1 (5 to 6 pound) roasting chicken
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 large bunch fresh thyme, plus 20 sprigs
1 lemon, halved
1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted
1 large yellow onion, thickly sliced
4 carrots cut into 2-inch chunks
1 bulb of fennel, tops removed, and cut into wedges
Olive oil


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out.

Remove any excess fat and leftover pin feathers and pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken.

Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, both halves of lemon, and all the garlic. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken.

Place the onions, carrots, and fennel in a roasting pan. Toss with salt, pepper, 20 sprigs of thyme, and olive oil. Spread around the bottom of the roasting pan and place the chicken on top.

Roast the chicken for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a platter and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes. Slice the chicken onto a platter and serve it with the vegetables.

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  • How long did the vegetables go into the oven for after removing the chicken?

    Sumaiya Amin 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • Ina już ma kolczyk.

    Magdalena Ulman 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • In France we never add butter until the las 5 minutes…..or it will burn in the oven!

    Rebecca 23 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • one woman stole her recipe even when she said i know it’s too salt 🤣🤣🤣

    Layth-Musician 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • So apparently you arent supposed to rinse your chicken anymore???

    Shop with Jen 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • I changed this recipe up a bit my bf suggested I switch out the lemon with an apple. The apple gives it a great flavor that the lemon just doesn't. But I knew I need a acid so I used white wine instead. Also a trick my bf taught me is to always put your chicken breast down so the breasts won't dry up. It works like a charm the breasts come out juicy everytime. Also I never truss the chicken not really necessary. I don't eat the roast chicken as a meal it's just me and my bf and I'm not a big fan of chicken like this. I shred up all the meat and portion it out and freeze it to through in something for a quick meal. And then I use the remains for bone broth. I also do all of this in a pressure cooker.

    Danielle Barker 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • No. No lemon. It does not “brighten” flavor. It makes it taste sour. Lemons are sour.

    Paul Solon 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • No. Don’t wash the chicken. Spreads germs

    Paul Solon 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • This recipe is a keeper! The store was out of fresh thyme so I just used dried. For veggies, I used potatoes and onions (delicious cooked in the juices). I had a big chicken and had to cook 20 minutes longer.

    Zoey Z 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • Legendary

    Robert Marshall Jr 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • Best roast chicken recipe by far! Quick prep and amazing flavor!

    Maria Augusta Galarza 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • Made Inas roast chicken recipe and it came out fabulous, just one note.. added more time to mine to fully cook it.

    Danny Fenty 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • Did she just make a reference to bondage ?? lol

    Simon Snider-Nevin 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • The way she grab the knife. lol I would not mess with her lol

    Lovely Girl 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • girl…. i already know that chicken is GOOD. engagement chicken is right

    Stevenson Jean-Charles 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • She just snap the wing???

    Salina 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • Baked chicken breast recipes

    Adele Murakami 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • 🤗🤗🤗🥰🥰🥰👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

    Галина Гончарова 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • She has a recipe that is far better than this one

    angela williams 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • Best roast chicken! Thank you!

    Nneka O 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • Tried this recipe but not sure what mistake I did, the chicken was roasted beautifully but the onion/veggies got charred..

    Subhendu Mohanty 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • Thanks for sharing this recipe 🌈

    Mary Ng shwu ling 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • What would we do without delicious chicken. Sorry chickens 🐔

    Danny 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • Is putting lemons with chicken an american thing, because my late mother never put lemon in roast chicken. I've tried it myself and found the chicken awfully bitter!

    val page 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • I’m making this tomorrow night, I can’t wait, thank you INA

    Jan Labounty 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • You should never wash meat

    Yasmin Jaime 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • This recipe is sooooo good. So easy. So Good. Thank you

    K & M 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • This recipe is soooooo good. So easy. So good. Thank you.

    K & M 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • Nice video, breast was overcooked

    Eric Eric 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • I don't just love her food. I love her life! Creative,successful career cooking delicious food in a gorgeous kitchen in a gorgeous house in gorgeous East Hampton , NY, a loving husband, an apt in Paris, wonderful interesting, diverse group of friends and colleagues, the best freshest ingredients for her food,including herbs and veggies from her own gorgeous garden, and a charming,sophisticated manner. Ahhh, Ina!!! You are aging like fine wine.

    Deborah Godley 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • 220 degrees hour and a half: We use CENTIGRADE in the rest of the world. Great recipe.

    Rosalene Bradbury 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • Contamination 101

    Rolling 4Wheels 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • Made this chicken and its DELICIOUS 😋!!! Ina knows how to make chicken. Love how it makes your whole house smell yummy 😋.

    Mona Gonzales 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • I made this chicken recipe for Thanksgiving and my family LOVED it. Simple, but so darn great.

    Robert F 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • No way, far too easy, thank you, lady you are razor blade sharp, keep on cook,n…………BB

    bob bauldock 17/10/2022 am2:43
  • Booooondage

    Rosie’s_Crafty_Cohorts 17/10/2022 am2:43