Roast Chicken with Red Potatoes!

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Roast Chicken is in my top 5 meals…of all time!  I wanted this to be one of my first posts on burnt macaroni because I think it’s such a hard thing to make (or at least it’s perception is that it’s hard).  I usually just buy the pre-made chicken’s at the store, but I think it’s about time I make my own.  My mom is actually very good at making roast chickens, she makes it all the time.  So now was the perfect time to do it on my own.  The only obstacle, having to handle a raw chicken (not my favorite thing to do).

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After you take out all the insides of the chicken, you wash it with cold water and towel dry.  The flavor of the chicken is determined by what you put inside the bird.  This recipe calls for a lemon, garlic, thyme and salt and pepper.

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The outside of the bird is simply melted butter and salt/pepper!

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A big part of the flavor also comes from what you put in the roasting pan!  I chose to put in red potatoes to make this a full meal.

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Cook for about 1 1/2 and you have an instant meal!

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Roast Chicken with Red Potatoes!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 5-6 pound Roasting Chicken
  • 1 Lemon halved
  • 1 large bunch fresh Thyme plus 20 sprigs
  • 1 head Garlic cut in half crosswise
  • 1 large Yellow Onion thickly sliced
  • 2 large Carrots cut into chunks
  • 3 medium Red Potatoes cut in quarters or smaller
  • 2 tablespoons Butter melted
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Remove chicken giblets
  3. Rinse chicken inside and out, pat dry with paper towel
  4. Salt, pepper the inside of the chicken
  5. Stuff the chicken with lemon, thyme, garlic
  6. Brush outside of chicken with melted butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper
  7. Tie the legs together with kitchen string
  8. Place onions, potatoes, carrots, 20 sprigs of Thyme, salt, pepper and olive oil in pan around the chicken
  9. Roast chicken for 1 1/2 hours or until juices run clear when you cut the leg
  10. Remove chicken and veggies and cover with aluminum foil for 20 minutes
  11. Serve hot

Recipe Notes

This recipe was adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. In the original recipe, Ina Garten uses fennel instead of potatoes.

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