6 servings (serving size: about 4 ounces chicken, 1 1/3 cups onion mixture, and 1/3 cup gravy)

Roast a whole chicken with onions and potatoes, and serve with an easy gravy made from the pan drippings for a simple Sunday night dinner.  Add a green vegetable, like green beans or asparagus, to round out the meal.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 2

Remove and discard giblets and neck from chicken. Trim excess fat. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Combine 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper; rub under loosened skin and over breast and drumsticks. Place oregano sprigs, quartered lemon, and celery pieces into body cavity. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under chicken. Tie legs together with string. Place chicken, breast side up, on the rack of a broiler pan coated with cooking spray.

Step 3

Combine 1/2 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, melted butter, onions, and potatoes in a large bowl, and toss well to coat. Arrange onion mixture around chicken on rack. Place rack in pan. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325° (do not remove pan from oven); bake an additional 1 hour and 10 minutes or until onions and potatoes are tender and a thermometer inserted into meaty part of chicken thigh registers 165°. Set chicken, onions, and potatoes aside; cover and keep warm.

Step 4

Place a zip-top plastic bag inside a 2-cup glass measure. Pour pan drippings into bag; let stand 10 minutes (fat will rise to the top). Seal bag; carefully snip off 1 bottom corner of bag. Drain drippings into a small saucepan, stopping before fat layer reaches opening; discard fat. Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, flour, and 1/2 cup chicken broth in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture and remaining chicken broth to saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; cook 5 minutes or until gravy thickens, stirring frequently with a whisk. Carve chicken; serve with gravy and onion mixture. Garnish with lemon wedges and oregano sprigs, if desired.

Chef's Notes

This recipe first ran in the May 2005 issue in a Cooking Class column that profiled Chuck Williams, founder of Williams-Sonoma, and it's our hands-down best roast chicken. --Recipe by Chuck Williams (May 2005)

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Ratings & Reviews

eheinrich's Review

September 09, 2012

steponme's Review

October 29, 2014
Chicken & potatoes not done even after leaving in 15 min. longer. Took about 1 hour and 45 min. and potatoes still weren't done. No drippings were left in the pan to make gravy after extended cooking time .

ScottMaine's Review

April 06, 2014
All in the house love this recipe. I stuff the cavity with lemon, 4 cloves of garlic and a few onion wedges. Gravy come out tangy and delicious.

daneanp's Review

January 26, 2014
Classic roasted chicken dinner. Nothing makes the house smell more inviting. I confess, I don't bother with the gravy. I do need more roasting time to get the potatoes crispy - I let the chicken rest for 15 minutes before cutting up so I leave the spuds in the pan and turn the oven back up to 425. I also like adding smashed garlic cloves inside the bird and along with the onion/potato mixture. I would serve this meal to guests, no problem. Any steamed veggie would make a good side; tonight we had broccoli.

stellacorona's Review

September 30, 2013
made this last night....wow, did the house smell great!!! i used convection oven roast setting with the probe at 180. perfect chicken. the potatoes and onions were done, and i meant to add carrots and mushrooms but ran out of time. didn't get the gravy made either but saved the drippings for the leftovers.......in which i made the next night (it was wonderful) and mixed all leftovers together with pasta, including tators. used a jelly roll pan and a rack, 2 lemons and more celery.

myrecipestest's Review

June 25, 2013
Great Recipe

julieelrod's Review

November 19, 2012
This recipe is outstanding. We have made multiple roasted chicken recipes as my husband loves roast chicken on Sundays, and this is one of my favorites. The lemon, oregano, and celery in the cavity provide such a nice, subtle flavor, and the chicken was juicy and delicious. We made ours in a roaster (it was a dry run for Thanksgiving as our roaster was brand new) and it took only a few minutes longer than the suggested cook time to reach 180F. I also used baking potatoes, peeled, since that's what I had on hand but it was still great. The gravy was a snap to put together and was a great addition to the chicken and vegetables. Our kids LOVED it and everyone had seconds. We'll make this again and again.

prodmyrecipes's Review

August 01, 2012
Good one

Cindyhn's Review

March 01, 2012
This is a good recipe. I have made it before and have had the same problem with the potatoes not being done because I wasn't using a big enough roasting pan or broiler pan, and I wasn't about to but one! I put the potatoes and onion in their own dish, cooking next to the chicken, and they came out great!

mbpank's Review

February 01, 2012