Super Simple Roast Chicken

Super Simple Roast Chicken with Fresh Herbs

The secret to a succulent roast chicken

This recipe for simple a simplistic yet succulent weeknight meal comes from one of our regular contributors, Diane Brown. Diane is the author of our aphrodisiac menu column, Diva Dish. And she’s sharing this simple roast chicken recipe with us from her Family Farm Box blog.

I love this roast chicken because its simple, tasty and one chicken feeds my family of three about three times. Although this is one of my most practical recipe, it’s still one that can still be used to spark romance.

Although as a food writer, I’m best known for creating fairly elaborate meals–often featuring exotic and aphrodisiac ingredients–I’m still a big believer in simplicity. Not all meals have to be laden with aphrodisiac ingredients. Sometimes “sexy” is in the simplicity. The secret to this simple roast chicken is using the best ingredients available. I recommend always using a natural or organic bird. And try to get the freshest possible herbs. You can really taste the difference.

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Super Simple Roast Chicken
Diane's Super Simple Roasted Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Resting Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

This recipe makes roasting a succulent, moist and flavorful chicken simple. Use the leftovers for a casual chicken salad and save the bones to make homemade stock. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken
Cooking Style: Roasting
Diet and Health: gluten-free, Healthy, low carb
Seasonal: autumn, Easter, Father's Day, Mother's Day, winter
Ingredient: chicken
Servings: 6 - 8 servings
Created by: Diane Brown
  • 1 5 to 7 pound natural or organic whole chicken rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • about a tbsp of kosher salt
  • tsp of pepper
  • olive oil (enough to coat the skin of the chicken)
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges
  • one-half of a yellow or white onion cut into wedges
  • a few sprigs of rosemary or thyme
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Rub chicken all over with olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper, including the cavity.
  3. Stuff the cavity with the lemon, onion and herb sprigs.
  4. Place chicken in a roasting pan and leave out of refrigeration for 30 minutes, allowing the chicken to become closer to room temperature.
  5. Place chicken in the oven, and roast for one hour, until skin is browned and crisp, and the juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a knife at the thigh. Alternately, you could use a probe thermometer and bring to 165 degrees.
  6. Let chicken rest for 10 minutes before slicing.



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