Happy Roast Chicken

Happy Roast Chicken

Chocolate 31

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

Ingredients 1 h 35 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 638 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 638 kcal
  • 32%
  • Fat:
  • 35.9 g
  • 55%
  • Carbs:
  • 10.6g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 62.3 g
  • 125%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 198 mg
  • 66%
  • Sodium:
  • 389 mg
  • 16%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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.
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This chicken came out beautifully! I had to make a few modifications, by necessity. First of all, the chicken I used was a bit smaller than the recipe called for, so I only used one lemon, which I cut into quarters. I also put a small chunk of onion in the cavity as well. The other modification I made was that the only white wine I had in the house was a plum wine, which was very sweet. However, the chicken still came out wonderfully, and didn't taste overly fruity or sweet. It was moist and didn't have an overpowering lemon, or garlic, or mustard flavor. In fact, the skin didn't taste like mustard at all. This is good news for anyone (like our family) who isn't too keen on Dijon mustard flavor.


While it was very tasty, I think the recipe should state a cooking time of at least 1-1/2 hours. It took us 2 hours to get a 3.8 lb bird cooked because we took it out after 1 hr and had to put it back in. After another 30 minutes it still wasn't done. I'll either increase the temp or the cooking time next time.


I followed this recipe almost exactly which I rarely do and it turned out awesome! I did make a salt/pepper/garlic powder mix and rubbed under and on the skin prior to the Dijon. I had Trader Joes well known "two buck chuck" chardonnay on hand to use for the white wine. My family loved it and I will make this again.