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Easy Roast Chicken

A very easy, basic roast chicken recipe.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 roasting chicken about 5-7 pounds


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Unwrap chicken, remove packet of giblets.
  • Place chicken on rack in roasting pan. Pour 1/2 c water in the bottom of the pan.
  • Roast for 20 minutes per pound, until it reaches an internal temperature of 165. (Check about 10 minutes before you expect it to be done - timing will vary.)
  • Remove from oven, and let rest for 10-20 minutes.


Precise cooking time will vary - allow 2 - 2 1/2 hours.
This is a Foundation recipe - all recipes for roast chicken are based on this.
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