Perfect Roast Chicken

Posted By Elana Amsterdam On March 22, 2011 @ 4:00 am In chicken,dinners | 51 Comments

ina's perfect roast gluten-free chicken recipe

My version of Perfect Roast Chicken is based upon one from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Cookbook.  This go to dish is something I make at least once a week, after which I generally use the carcass for chicken stock.  My best friend from childhood, Helen, introduced me to Ina, and I have been hooked on her books ever since.

While Ina’s recipe for Perfect Roast Chicken calls for wheat flour, chicken stock and butter, mine is a tad simpler and gluten free as well.  My boys love this roasted chicken.

Perfect Roast Chicken

  • 1 whole chicken (2-3 pounds)
  • celtic sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. Remove chicken giblets and rinse chicken inside and out
  3. Pat chicken dry
  4. Place chicken in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  5. Liberally salt and pepper inside of chicken
  6. Stuff cavity with bunch of thyme, both halves of lemon and all garlic
  7. Brush outside of chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  8. Tie legs together with kitchen string and tuck wings under body of chicken
  9. Place each onion quarter into a corner of dish
  10. Roast chicken for 1 ½ hours or until juices run clear
  11. Allow to cool slightly and serve

What is your favorite chicken dish?  Leave a comment and let us all know!

More gluten free chicken recipes you may enjoy for dinner:
-Herb Garden Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe from A Year of Slow Cooking
-Roast Chicken with Garlic, Ginger and Lemon from Tasty Eats at Home
-Pistachio Pesto Crusted Chicken from Cook It Allergy Free


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