Perfect Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Recipe

This Perfect Roasted Chicken and Vegetables is AWESOME!  My family loved it – makes a truly wonderful Sunday night family dinner.  My family says this is the best chicken ever!   It is succulent, flavorful, tender, and juicy that is an easy to prepare one-dish meal.  Your family and friends will be impressed with this chicken dish than is an easy to prepare one-dish meal.  I like to use my treasured cast-iron pans when cooking this dish

It is important that you let your whole chicken come to room temperature before preparing and cooking it.  If you do not do this, the chicken will not cook evenly.  Removed the chicken from the refrigerator 1 1/2 to 2 hours before you want to cook it.


Perfect Roasted Chicken


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Perfect Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Recipe:
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Perfect Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Roasted Chicken and Vegetables:
  • 1 (4 to 5 pound) large chicken  for roasting, room temperature
  • 2 large carrots, cut into chunks
  • 2 large potatoes, cur into chunks
  • 1 parsnip, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 butternut squash, cut into chunks
  • 1 medium onion, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
Chicken Rub:
Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a deep cast iron skillet or cast-iron Dutch oven (any large soup pot may be used), place a round roasting rack.

  2. Important:  Make sure your whole chicken has come to room temperature before roasting.  Removed the chicken from the refrigerator 1 1/2 to 2 hours before you want to cook it.

  3. Remove the neck, liver, and gizzards from inside the chicken cavity and discard or freeze for later use.  Check out Chicken Stock - Basic Chicken Stock to learn how easy it is to make your own homemade chicken stock.  

  4. Rinse the chicken inside and out.  Remove any excess fat  and pat the outside dry. 

  5. Place chicken breast onto roasting rack in your cooking pot, tucking the legs under the chicken.

  6. In a small bowl, prepare Chicken Rub (see recipe below).  Vigorously rub some of the prepared Chicken Rub over the outside skin of the chicken.  Blend the remaining Chicken Rub with 1/4 cup of olive oil to make a baste; set aside.

  7. Roast ChickenPlace prepared vegetables around chicken. 

  8. Cook the chicken and vegetables, covered, for approximately 1 hour.  Every 20 minutes, check the chicken and liberally baste the vegetables and chicken skin with the Chicken Rub/Olive Oil paste.

  9. After 1 hour, uncover and cook approximately an additional 15 to 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. (juices will run clear when cut with the tip of a knife). 

  10. Remove the pan from the oven.  

  11. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board, cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 20 minutes before carving to serve.  You can keep the vegetables warm by keeping them in the now-turned-off oven while the chicken is resting.  Stir to coat the vegetables with the cooking juices before serving

  12. Cut the chicken into serving pieces.  Place vegetables on a serving platter with the chicken pieces arranged on top.

  13. Makes 4 servings.


Chicken Rub Instructions:
  1. In a small bowl, combine the curry powder, sage, rosemary, coriander, thyme, and garlic.

Recipe Notes

* The U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as food agencies in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, advises against washing poultry.  Rinsing chicken will not remove or kill much bacteria, and the splashing of water around the sink can spread the bacteria found in raw chicken.  Cooking poultry to 165 degrees Fahrenheit effectively destroys the most common culprits behind food-borne illness.


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Comments and Reviews

2 Responses to “Perfect Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Recipe”

  1. Robert

    Looks great but I do have a few questions:
    1. When preheating the oven, should the empty skillet or dutch oven be in the oven as it preheated to give the chicken a hot surface at the start of the cooking?
    2. In the image of the chicken, it is shown backside up. Is this preferred rather than having the chicken front side up?
    3. Would the same basic recipe and cooking instructions apply if the chicken is cutup before cooking?
    4. Are there any disadvantages to removing most of the chicken skin before applying the rub and cooking?
    5. Should the chicken be roasted with the lid off or on?

    • Whats Cooking America

      You only need to preheat the oven and make sure the chicken is at room temperature before roasting. The chicken goes into the dutch oven breast down to keep the white meat moist in the juices while roasting. These instructions and cooking time are for a whole chicken, if you cut up the pieces the chicken will cook faster. Again these instructions are for a roasted chicken with the skin on. You can remove the skin after roasting is finished. Roast the chicken in the oven with the lid off of the dutch oven.


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