The Perfect Roasted Chicken Recipe

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I serve this chicken often, and it always gets major compliments. While the chicken is roasting, it sends a mouthwatering aroma through the entire house. When it comes out of the oven, it’s golden and crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside. The secret is the marinade, which turns into a super delicious pan sauce you can pour all over the chicken—and over the mashed potatoes, if you are serving them. The other secret is to baste often. I know the cooking time may seem long, and it is—3 hours for a 6-pound chicken—but if you baste it as often as I suggest, every half hour or so, you will have a tender, fall-off-the-bone, mouthwatering chicken!  Marinate the chicken in a glass bowl cover tightly with plastic wrap for 6 – 8 hours or bet yet,  over night. If you don’t have time to do that, you can pour the marinade over the chicken and bake right away.



3 cups chicken stock

6-pound whole organic chicken, rinsed and dried

¾ cup Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons olive oil

Juice from 1 fresh lemon; keep lemon rind for stuffing

¹/3 cup light soy sauce

2 garlic cloves, crushed

Several sprigs fresh parsley, or 1 tablespoon dry parsley

Several sprigs fresh rosemary, or 1 tablespoon dry rosemary

Several sprigs fresh thyme, or 1 tablespoon dry thyme

¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

Cooking note: Make the chicken stock first.

Remove, gizzards, heart, neck, and liver from the cavity of the chicken. Rinse the chicken well inside and out, pat dry and place in the glass bowl.


Whisk together Dijon mustard, olive oil, lemon juice, and soy sauce. Add the garlic and mix well.

Stuff the lemon rind into the chicken cavity along with half of the fresh parsley, rosemary, and thyme.

Preheat  oven to 350°F.

Place the chicken in a heavy roasting pan. Wrap the tips of the drumsticks and the wings in small pieces of foil to protect them from burning while roasting. Pour the marinade over the bird and top with the remaining fresh herbs. Cover heavy-duty aluminum foil or a lid that will create a tight seal. Seal tightly.  Make sure the aluminum foil is not resting on top of the skin or it will stick and come off when you remove the foil; leave an air pocket. Roast for 90 minutes with the foil on. Then remove the foil and continue to roast for an additional 30 minutes.

Add 2 cups chicken stock. Using a wooden spoon, scrape the bottom of the roasting pan to loosen the bits that have collected on the sides and bottom of the pan. Baste the chicken well.

Continue roasting uncovered for 60 minutes, basting every 15 minutes. Add more chicken stock if needed, a ladleful at a time to keep the bottom of the pan from burning.

Remove the chicken from the oven. Lift the chicken from the roasting pan and place it on a carving board to rest for 10 minutes before carving. Cover lightly with foil.

Add ½ cup chicken stock to the roasting pan, and stir to release any crusty bits that have collected on the bottom and sides of the pan. Place a strainer over another pot, and pour the juices from the roasting pan through the strainer. Remove the strainer and discard its contents. Skim off any oil that has risen to the top of the pan juices.

Carve the chicken, pour the pan juices over the meat, and sprinkle with chopped parsley.