Happy Roast Chicken


The easiest and best roast chicken recipe! I use organic chickens.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
1 roast chicken


  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • 2 lemons, cut in half

  • 6 large cloves garlic

  • 1 (4 pound) whole chicken

  • 1 ½ teaspoons cold butter

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Pour the wine into a 10-inch cast-iron skillet; set aside.

  2. Place the lemon halves and garlic cloves into the cavity of the chicken. Slide half of the butter underneath the skin of each breast. Rub the chicken all over with Dijon mustard, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Place into the cast-iron skillet.

  3. Bake the chicken in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and continue baking until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 1 hour more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove the chicken from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area for 15 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

638 Calories
36g Fat
11g Carbs
62g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 638
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Cholesterol 198mg 66%
Sodium 389mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 62g
Vitamin C 44mg 220%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 670mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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