Simple Roasted Chicken

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Seasoned with lemon zest and herbs, your Sunday chicken will shine in all it’s simplicity.  Simple Roasted Chicken requires only minutes of hands on time and should be a staple in your Sunday Supper arsenal.

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I love the simple things in life.  Mostly because in my life…laziness prevails.  But because of my lazy ways I’ve learned to appreciate simplicity especially when it comes to my food.  Think juicy, ripe summer tomatoes still warm from the sun….sprinkled generously with sea salt.  Is your mouth watering yet?  How about a slice of watermelon….slightly chilled and dripping with juice?  Refreshing.  Or a whole roasted chicken with just a few herbs, some salt and lemon?  Drool.  And for some reason these are the things that impress me the most.

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A simple chicken dinner just screams Sunday family meal to me.  I’m not sure why but for some reason I only roast a whole chicken on Sundays.  It’s like a thing for me.  Even though it’s not something that requires a lot of time or energy and it certainly doesn’t need to cook for hours.  And yet….I have friends that are terrified of roasting a whole chicken.  It’s baffling.  When I worked outside the home I recall long discussions in the cubicle aisles about how horrifying it was to some of them when it came to roasting a chicken all on their own.  I’d send them instructions (via company email) time after time but they still feared the chicken.  Which is such a shame because the leftovers from your Sunday dinner are the most versatile thing in the world.  And their economical especially when you shop at your local ALDI.  My entire roasted chicken cost less than $9 to make.  NINE DOLLARS!!!  And it feeds us dinner….and lunch for days. The perfect way to keep your sanity during the school year.

This Simple Roasted Chicken is just what it sounds like.  Simple.  A handful of ingredients are used to maintain moisture and pump up the flavor just a tad.  For this recipe I was careful to not overdo it with the extra flavor enhancers since I wanted to use the leftovers in a few back-to-school lunches during the week.  I stuck with some basics…kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, olive oil, lemon, thyme, garlic.  That’s it….so, are you still scared?  I hope not.  ALDI makes dinnertime easy especially during the busy back to school season.  That’s why we partnered together to help you get ready for the hustle of the school year by making mealtime easy, simple and economical.

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The key to making sure those flavors are actually in the meat and not on the bottom of the pan is by rubbing it all under the skin.  I use this same technique in my roasted turkey at Thanksgiving every year and it ensures that I have the juiciest turkey in all the land.  Seriously, you should try it sometime.

This Simple Roasted Chicken is spectacular served with these Country Mashed Potatoes and Cheesy Spinach Au Gratin….your Sunday dinner guests may never leave.  Be sure to save the leftovers for lunches during the week.  It makes life so much easier and I’ll be sharing those later this week!


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Simple Roasted Chicken

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, Pan Roasted Chicken
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Calories: 1597 kcal

this roasted chicken is perfect for dinner or meal prepping! 



  • 1 5-6 pound roasting Kirkwood Whole Chicken
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup Carlini Pure Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Stonemill Essentials Black Pepper Grinder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 lemon cut in quarters
  • 1 head of garlic cut in half horizontally


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the salt, pepper, lemon zest and thyme until well blended. Using your clean hands, carefully separate the skin from the meat on the chicken breast. Spread the salt mixture over the meat. Stuff the lemon and garlic in the cavity of the chicken. Tuck the wings of the chicken under the breast and tie the legs together with kitchen twine.
  3. Place the chicken in a medium sized roasting pan and roast for approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes or until the juices run clear.
  4. Cover the chicken with foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving.
Nutrition Facts
Simple Roasted Chicken
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 1597 Calories from Fat 1044
% Daily Value*
Fat 116g178%
Saturated Fat 31g194%
Cholesterol 510mg170%
Sodium 7551mg328%
Potassium 1353mg39%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 127g254%
Vitamin A 1035IU21%
Vitamin C 30.2mg37%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 6.9mg38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

18 comments on “Simple Roasted Chicken”

  1. That is a beautiful roast chicken. I have some trouble remembering that simple can be the best sometimes.

  2. I used to be terrified of roasting a chicken, too, and had a disastrous result the first time I tried years ago (and undercooked mess). But now I realize how easy it is, and love having the leftovers available for other meals. Your chicken looks beautiful!

  3. I’m a firm believer that simple is the best when it comes to classic recipes like this!

  4. This is such a beautiful bird! I love what a simple and classic recipe this is!

  5. Simple dishes are the best! Sometimes when things start to get complicated I get overwhelmed. This dinner is anything but!

  6. I do not believe you are a lazy person! I mean you are a food blogger 🙂 Simple is always good anyway.

  7. That is a beautiful bird. And it’s not laziness…it’s efficiency to enhance relaxation.

  8. I love to make roast chicken. During the school year, I make one at probably once a week! I have got to go back to Aldi and check out what they have…I didn’t see chicken at mine the last time I went. This looks perfect!

  9. Nothing brings me back to my childhood more than the smell of a chicken roasting in the oven and football sounds drifting throughout the house on a lazy Sunday. Beautiful! And I am with you…the leftovers are the best! Which is why I always cook two!

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