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Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten Perfect Roast Chicken

Ina's Perfect Roast Chicken

JC Phelps
There's no roast chicken like the Perfect Roast Chicken from Ina Garten (the Barefoot Contessa).
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 39 kcal


  • 1 5-6 lb roasting chicken
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1 large bunch fresh thyme plus 20 sprigs
  • 2 tbsp. butter melted
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 1 head garlic cut in half crosswise
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 large yellow onion thickly sliced
  • 1 bulb of fennel tops removed and cut into wedges
  • olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pin feathers and pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, both halves of lemon, and all the garlic. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Place the onions, carrots, and fennel in a roasting pan. Toss with salt, pepper, 20 sprigs of thyme, and olive oil. Spread around the bottom of the roasting pan and place the chicken on top.
  • Roast the chicken for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a platter and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes. Slice the chicken onto a platter and serve it with the vegetables.


Credit to the Barefoot Contessa. Check out more of her recipes here. 


Sodium: 51mgCalcium: 38mgVitamin C: 19mgVitamin A: 10223IUSugar: 4gFiber: 3gPotassium: 247mgCholesterol: 1mgCalories: 39kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 1gProtein: 1gCarbohydrates: 9gIron: 1mg
Keyword Barefoot Contessa, chicken, Ina Garten, perfect roast chicken, roast chicken
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