I have been looking all my cooking life for THE Roast Chicken Recipe, and I’m pretty sure I’ve found it. This recipe is for all of you busy moms on the go , a roast chicken that your family will love is mere minutes of prep away and is so simple! Stop right now and print, bookmark, pin or otherwise save this recipe. Write it on a recipe card. I don’t care how, but you NEED to save this recipe from now on. I honestly don’t think I will ever make roast chicken (or turkey, for that matter, just you wait until Thanksgiving!) any other way. This post has been updated from 2015.

 Roast Chicken
Roast Chicken

Roasted Chicken Using Butter and Herbs

This is basically a gorgeous, large and in charge roast chicken that was cooked using ONE CUP of butter. I’ll pass the smelling salts out now for those of you who just fainted. That’s right folks…one whole cup of butter. Let that sink in for a moment, because as soon as it really hits you, you are going to realize that there is just no way this recipe isn’t anything other than freaking fantastic.What truly makes this fantastic is that it is so incredible easy to make, you guys. The ingredients are so simple for the chicken and then when you add in my laziness, I came up with the perfect roast chicken meal.

raw chicken covered in herb butter before roasting on top of vegetables in roaster
raw chicken covered in herb butter before roasting on top of vegetables in roaster

It was Easter and we were barely home from our three months in Arizona. I was very happy to be home in my kitchen, don’t get me wrong, but we had only three weeks to clean all of our laundry, organize care of the house, the animals, the garden and clean the entire yard. Cooking was actually a priority, believe it or not, because I knew that I wouldn’t be touching a stove for a couple of months. I had to get some recipes done that I could post while I was here in Europe. However, I’m not one for complex recipes that take all day, I’m not sure if you’ve noticed that. I wanted to fiddle around with some devilled eggs instead of a chicken all day long.

roast chicken on a platter on dinner table
roast chicken on a platter on dinner table

Tips & Tricks For Roast Chicken

The trick to this roasted chicken recipe is that it combines almost all of the tricks of the roasting chicken trade into one recipe.

  • Placing cut lemons inside for moisture helps immensely. This is a moist, juicy chicken!
  • The butter and herbs are essential for taste and crispy skin. Not only that, the butter and herbs trickle down into the vegetables, making everything flavoured and buttery.
  • Another secret that chefs use is oil to make sure that skin crisps up. You don’t need a lot of it, but it helps!
  • Having the vegetables roasted at the same time for optimal taste and ease is a life saver for busy moms on the go!
Close up of a whole roast chicken on a white plate
Close up of a whole roast chicken on a white plate

The chicken bakes up so perfectly delicious and crispy that I’ve found my go-to chicken recipe for a solid roast chicken. The herb butter melts into those vegetables and cooks right in, saturating them from the inside out with flavor. The chicken isn’t dry in the slightest with all the moisture used. It’s so amazing that I wish I was writing a chicken cookbook right now. In fact, if I write a savoury cookbook next, this is going to be in it, without a doubt. It’s that darn good.

More Recipes for Cooking a Whole Chicken:

  1. Lemon Cilantro Roast Chicken
  2. Spatchcocked Baked Honey Mustard Chicken
  3. Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken
  4. Healthier BBQ Honey Sesame Chicken
  5. How to Make Rotisserie Chicken in Your Crockpot

Chicken recipes using chicken legs, thighs and breast pieces:

  1. Camp Cook’s Parmesan Chicken
  2. Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs
  3. Oven Baked Fried Chicken
  4. Oven Baked Chicken Legs

Make sure to use a nice large chicken for the best taste, around 5-7 lbs is a great size (I picked mine up at Acme Meat Market here in Edmonton). I really hope that you guys give this one a whirl!



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5 from 10 votes
Butter Roasted Chicken
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
This butter roasted chicken will change the way you roast chickens forever! This is the best roast chicken recipe out there, your family will love it! 
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: North American
Keyword: roast chicken, roasted chicken
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 402 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • one large chicken around 5-6 lbs
  • 1 cup of salted butter room temp
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp poultry seasoning
  • one lemon
  • one small onion for inside the chicken cavity
  • 3 large potatoes washed and sliced into large chunks
  • 4 large carrots washed and sliced into large chunks
  • 1 large white onion peeled and quartered - cook with the vegetables
  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  2. Pat dry the chicken.
  3. Combine the butter with the oil and poultry seasoning until completely mixed. Rub onto the outside of the entire chicken completely, until coated.
  4. Slice the lemon in half and place inside the cavity of the chicken, along with any leftover butter mixture.
  5. Place into a large roaster on a baking rack. Add your desired vegetables around the edges.
  6. Roast chicken uncovered in the preheated oven until browned and the juices run clear, about 2 hours. At the one hour point, give the vegetables a stir to coat with the melted butter mix and juices.
  7. The chicken is done when an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh, not touching bone, reads at least 175 ° F. ( for meat texture, 175 is best)
  8. Remove from oven and tent with foil, letting it rest for 10 minutes minimum.
  9. Remove, carve and serve along with the vegetables.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional values will vary according to brands of ingredients uses, values are only an estimate.

Nutrition Facts
Butter Roasted Chicken
Amount Per Serving (5 -6)
Calories 402 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 54%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 310mg 13%
Potassium 615mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 2g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 155.6%
Vitamin C 19.5%
Calcium 7.3%
Iron 22.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  1. Rick Griffith Reply

    On a scale of 1-10, I give it a 4. Not bad, but nothing to write home about, needs more flavor, Just another roast chicken recipe.
    Nice hype to get attention though- “only roast chicken recipe you’ll ever need”. I’ll keep lookin’

  2. Gina Casteel Reply

    Going to make this for dinner. Would it cook the same amount of time in my electric roaster?

  3. This was the perfect roast chicken! Thanks for the great recipe, and the cup of butter somehow is perfect with all those vegetables. A keeper!

  4. I just found your page….. SO happy and excited to try your recipes. Wishing you had a savory cookbook….

  5. Karlynn
    This was superb I love roast chicken it is my favorite way roasting

  6. It asks for small and large onion are you doing something different with the small onion? I can’t wait to try this????

  7. Making this in a few hours, have a roasting pan but I do not have a baking rack. Can I use something else?

  8. Tanya Schauer Hein Reply

    Looks good. My Grama used to melt butter and use a syringe to inject it into the breast meat of turkeys or large chickens, as well as stuff some under the skin. Herbs and seasonings went on top. Phenomenal.

  9. Christie Nicholson Reply

    I always do my turkey like this. Add some of the butter mixture under the skin for even more delishousness 🙂

  10. Andrea Daniar Reply

    Ok. I literally saw your post this morning, and I just made it for dinner tonight!
    Delish! The roasted veggies are so flavourful. I even used the chicken drippings for a gravy- very decadent! I’m trying not to think about how much butter my family consumed this evening!

    • thekitchenmagpie Reply

      Oooh my, a butter gravy!!!!! YUM! I’m glad that you liked it, smart idea for the gravy. It’s a good, decadent weekend meal, for sure!

  11. Making this now, and i see you list one small onion, then a few lines later one large onion.  I wonder if the small one goes in the cavity with the lemon?  I am planning to throw in a sprig of rosemary, since it is growing on my back porch!  But let me know about that small onion!

    • @div Combine sage, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, nutmeg, and black pepper

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