Roasted Chicken

Roasted Chicken

I have officially determined that having children is bad for your self-esteem.

Everyday I get a big dose of reality in my house having a 10 and 8 year old.

2 days ago, my daughter tells me that, “It’s fun playing with your giggly belly.”

And yesterday I had a very short, yet to the point convo with my son…..

Son: “Mom, would you ever get plastic surgery?”
Me: “Sure.”
Son: “Where, on your face?”

I mean really, is there no filter??

What’s the worst thing your kid has ever said to you? I’d like to laugh, cry with you.

So since I have a fun giggly belly and obvilously need plastic surgery on my face, I made my super simple roasted chicken.

I love love love roasting chicken.

The hands on cooking time is very minimal, but it tastes like you slaved for hours.

Roasted Chicken

You get an uber juicy chicken bursting with flavors. Perfect for any night.

Roasted Chicken

Shall I walk you through it?

Take your bird, rinse and dry it and pop it back in the fridge for a few hours to allow the skin to dry out a bit.

She looks so very vulnerable.

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Gather what you need for a nice herbed compound butter.

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Chop your fresh herbs.

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Toss your salt, pepper, oil, rosemary, parsley and thyme in with your butter.

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Mix until well incorporated.

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Slather your bird, including the inside cavity.

Roasted Chicken

Separate the skin from the breast meat with your fingers.

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Massage the breast meat with the compound butter and replace the skin.

Roasted Chicken

Get all Fifty Shade of Grey on the bird and tie the legs together with kitchen twine.
Pop him in the oven for 1 1/2 hours. Loosely tent with foil during the last 30 minutes.
Let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes prior to slicing.

Roasted Chicken

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Roasted Chicken
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Serves: 4
Easy and delicious roasted Chicken
  • 5 lb. Whole Chicken
  • 1 stick Butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons minced Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 1 /2 teaspoon Coarse Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced Fresh Thyme
  • ½ teaspoon Pepper
  1. Rinse and dry the chicken and place it on a rack in a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Place in the refrigerator uncovered, until ready to cook dinner, up to 24 hours. (this helps the skin dry out)
  3. Preheat oven to 425
  4. In a small bowl, mix together butter,parsley,oil,rosemary,salt,thyme and pepper.
  5. With your fingers,separate the skin from the breast and spread butter over the meat and replace the skin. Continue to rub the entire chicken with butter including the inside.
  6. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine.
  7. Roast in oven for 1½ hours or until juices run clear.
  8. Loosely tent with foil during the last 30 minutes of cooking to prevent the skin from over-browning.
  9. Allow to rest at room temperature for 20 minutes prior to slicing.


  1. 1

    I just purchased a whole chicken today. I WILL be making this tomorrow night!!!

  2. 2

    Oh, I WISH my child was that kind to me! The other day I was getting out of the shower and my 6 year old daughter asked me “why do you have TWO tummies? And why are your boobies so FLOPPY?” Since our daughter is adopted I can’t blame it on “baby weight” or breastfeeding. Nope, just my own fault. But your chicken looks yummy!!!!

  3. 4

    I was on a field trip with my daughter last week and her and her friend were messing with my BB cap. Her friend tells me “Why do You have white hairs” I say “whatever” and my daughter tells her “It;s because he’s old” 🙁 Maybe I’ll get some Just For Men on Fathers Day!

  4. 6

    You are correct – bad for self esteem. Yesterday my son told me I have ‘spikeys’ on my legs and my daughter played with my tricep flab. Ugh.

  5. 8

    While Breast feeding, my older son came in and says ” I know why black babies are so fat” of course I really wanted to know what he knew. Are you ready ” Their moms have chocolate milk.”(meaning me) I still smile when anyone is breast feeding.

  6. 10

    My favorite meal ever is a roasted chicken. Also – my son likes to squeeze my jelly triceps and say “squishy”

  7. 11

    I’ll be making this one, soon. And my son likes to spank my bottom while singing “Bouncy butt, bouncy butt, Mommy’s got a bouncy butt”… sigh.

  8. 13

    Between hair appointments, my roots sometimes get quite visible. My son said “love the graylo, mom”. When I asked what a graylo is, he said “your gray roots look like a big gray halo…get it…gray + halo = graylo” and he laughed at his cleverness. I did not laugh. I love your Pandora bracelets 🙂

  9. 14

    This looks amazing! I’m your newest follower!

  10. 16

    Your recipe states to rinse and fry? Is this accurate?

  11. 18

    Chicken is always a safe bet for me when I cook it. Chicken is a nice dinner or lunch for us. I use to be great at burning everything! LOL! Now I can safely say that I have improved by leaps and bounds. 🙂
    I also like your Pandora bracelets, nice!

  12. 19

    I made this tonight for dinner. It is quite possibly the best chicken I have ever had.

  13. 20

    I have 10 & 8 year old children too and they humble me daily. If it makes you feel better, I have a fun giggly belly & probably need plastic surgery on my face too.

    The chicken on the other hand, is perfect just the way it is!

  14. 21

    Gorgeous looking chicken! I have a 15 year old daughter….believe me when I say the filter gets worse in the teenage years!

  15. 22

    That looks incredible! I will definitely have to try it

  16. 24

    I like that you called the chicken vulnerable. This is one of the most beautiful roasted chickens I’ve ever seen!

  17. 25

    This is a beautiful bird! And for the record, my kids are always saying such rude comments! I need to teach them better manners, or maybe their dad does…

  18. 26

    I wanted to let you know I featured this today in my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post – stop by and see!

  19. 28

    Thanks for this! Not only do I feel your pain- my kids and 1st graders have no filter (Let’s call it “humbling”) but your chicken looks and sounds great! I can’t wait to try it!

  20. 30

    Oh goodness 🙂 kids are so hilariously rude. This chicken looks absolutely fantastic, I love it!

  21. 31

    I made your roasted chicken and posted about it. It’s about 2/3 of the way down on this blog post. Thank you for the recipe!!!

  22. 32

    Getting ready to pop this is the oven for when my husband comes home from his weekend trip. I have children ranging in age from 5- 24, so I have lots of embarrassing kid to Mom remarks, but this is my favorite one! About 2 years ago my daughter and I were dress shopping, she was 3 1/2. We are in the dressing room and I ask her how a dress looked on me, and she said ” You look like a princess Momma, A REALLY BIG princess”…. The ladies in all the rooms were giggling, I would have too. LOL

  23. 34

    it says an hour and 1/2 for a 1.5 pound chicken??? which is the weight of 2 good size chicken breasts?that was a typo I assume….

    • 35

      It actually reads as 1 5 pound chicken. As in One 5 pound chicken. There is no decimal .I can see how that might be a bit confusing. I will update it. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.