5 from 2 votes
A perfect roast chicken, complete with gravy, can be ready to serve on your dinner table in under two hours and with only a handful of ingredients!
Perfect Roast Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 50 mins
Total Time
2 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Serving Size: 1 whole chicken
Calories per Serving: 3021 kcal
Author: Patty K-P
  • 1 5 to 6 pounds roasting chicken, giblets removed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly gruond black pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1 head garlic, halved crosswise
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and sliced into thick rounds
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Remove any pinfeathers from the chicken. Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  3. Place the chicken into a roasting pan and tuck the wings under. Brush the butter all over the outside of the chicken. Generously apply salt and pepper to the outside and inside of the chicken.
  4. Place the thyme, lemon, and garlic inside the chicken. Place the onion slices around the chicken.
  5. Roast for 90 to 120 minutes, until the juices run clear when cut between the leg and thigh.
  6. Carefully remove the chicken to a serving platter and tent with foil.
  7. In a small bowl, reserve two tablespoons of the fat collected at the bottom of the roasting pan. Discard the remaining fat and onions.
  8. Add the chicken stock to the roasting pan and heat over medium heat until reduced, scraping up the brown bits.
  9. Add the flour to the fat in the bowl and whisk until smooth. Add to the broth and bring to a boil, whisking constantly, until thickened.
  10. Strain through a mesh sieve and season with salt and pepper. Serve with the chicken.