The Ultimate Roast Chicken

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By Williams Sonoma

Published 2023

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Here are the three keys to a great roast chicken: bring the chicken to room temperature before roasting so it cooks more evenly, baste it with butter to crisp and brown the skin, and start the bird breast side down to protect it from direct heat while the legs, which require more cooking, get a head start.


  • 1 whole chicken (about 5 lb/2.3 kg), giblets removed
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Bring the chicken to room temperature 1 hour prior to cooking.

Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).

In a 12-inch (30-cm) cast-iron frying pan, combine the potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, 3 of the rosemary sprigs, and 3 of the thyme sprigs. Pour the oil over the vegetabl