Roast Chicken – Need A Hand

“Need A Hand” recipes are for folks who need a bit of help in the kitchen.

Roast Chicken
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Roast Chicken

Need A Hand
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 50 mins


  • 1 whole chicken 4-5 pounds
  • 2 medium yellow onions
  • 4 large cloves garlic
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 3 medium carrots
  • Kosher salt
  • Black Pepper


To start:

  • Preheat oven to 425° F.
  • Get out a 12-14 inch cast iron skillet at least 2 inches deep.
  • If you don’t have a cast iron skillet use a 13”x9” baking pan.
  • Do not peel, but cut onions into quarters.
  • Place into pan evenly spaced.
  • Add the unpeeled garlic cloves to the pan.
  • Rinse then dry the celery stalks and carrots (no need to peel or trim).
  • Cut celery stalks and carrots into four short pieces each.
  • Place in pan, spread among the onion and garlic.

Prepare the chicken:

  • In the sink, using a sharp knife or scissors, open the chicken packaging.
  • Carefully remove the chicken from the packaging and remove the neck, and gizzards, typically in a separate bag in the packaging.
  • If you’re planning on making the Chicken Stock, reserve for use later. (LINK TO Chicken Stock: Need an Extra Hand)
  • Remove the chicken from the packaging and place the chicken on top of the vegetables in the pan.
  • If you prefer, you can rinse your chicken, but if you do so, please pat it dry with paper towels, inside and out.
  • Tuck the wings under the chicken carefully.
  • Generously salt and pepper the outside of the chicken.


  • Bake for 20 minutes at 425° F.
  • Reduce temperature to 350° F and bake for 1 hour and 15-30 minutes, depending on the weight of your chicken.
  • If 4 pounds or so, cook for 1 hour 15 minutes, if 5 pounds or so, cook 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool for 7-9 minutes before carving.


Serving suggestions:
Serve with Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (LINK TO: Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes need an extra hand)
Don’t forget to check out the Trifecta Chicken Recipe too! (LINK TO: Trifecta Chicken Need an Extra Hand)
Refrigerate leftovers immediately.

Don’t need the extra help? See my “Confidence” version of the recipe.