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Perfect simple roast chicken in a suate pan to demonstrate the cooking method.

Perfect Simple Roast Chicken

“This is a super simple recipe that yields a Perfect Simple Roast Chicken in about an hour’s time. No truss, no fuss!”
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Poultry
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 121 kcal


  • 1 2 - 3 pound chicken, preferably farm raised, giblets removed if present
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • If making gravy
  • ½ cup each white wine and chicken stock or 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons cornstarch when making a simple gravy that I'm going to use immediately, I like to use cornstarch instead of flour as it doesn't lump and it thickens quickly. If storing the gravy overnight, best to use flour.


  • Heat the oven to 450°F. 
  • Dry the chicken well inside and out with paper towels. You want it very dry so it doesn't "steam". 
  • Salt the chicken liberally. It is best to allow the salt to "rain" over the top of the chicken. Season with pepper. 
  • Place the chicken in an oven-safe sauté pan or roasting pan. (I use a large shallow 2 -inch high, frying pan). When the oven is to temperature, place the chicken in the pan on a rack in the middle of the oven, close the door and walk away for 1 hour. Do not open the oven, do not baste, do not do anything. After 1 hour, check the chicken for doneness, it should be cooked through, with juices running clear. Remove from oven and place on a cutting board, allow to rest for 10 - 15 minutes.
  • Step 3If making gravy, take the sauté pan to the stove (careful, the pan will be HOT). Turn on the heat and add the wine, or half of the stock, simmer, scraping up the browned bits; when reduced by half add the remaining stock. Mix the cornstarch with a little bit of water, then add, slowly, stirring until the gravy is to the consistency you like. You may not need all of the slurry.


Serving: 1gSodium: 330mgSugar: 2gCholesterol: 128mgCalories: 121kcalPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 3gProtein: 9gCarbohydrates: 7g
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