Perfect Roast Chicken (serves 4-6)

Prep Time: 3 mins Cook Time: 1 mins

nut free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 1 4-pound chicken
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3-4 sprigs thyme
  • 1 small lemon, cut in half


1. Wash the chicken and pat dry, removing as much excess liquid as possible.
2. Rub the salt all over the chicken -- inside and out.
3. Place chicken in a 9-inch skillet with an oven-proof handle. Refrigerate, uncovered, for 3-24 hours.*
4. Heat oven to 475°F. **
5. Place the skillet, without the chicken, in the oven for 15 minutes or on a stovetop burner for 1 minute to heat.
6. Stuff chicken with thyme and lemon and tie legs together.
7. Place chicken breast-side up in the pan and bake uncovered, for 30 minutes.
8. Flip chicken over and place back in the oven for 20 minutes.
9. Turn the chicken breast-side up again for an additional 10 minutes.
10. Remove from oven and allow chicken to cool for 10 minutes and serve.

* If you don\\'t have a skillet with an oven-proof handle, use a baking dish just larger than your chicken. Though in step 6, do not heat dish on the stovetop -- only in the oven.

** Use the convection setting on your oven if you have one, reducing the cooking time in step 7 to 25 minutes.