Barefoot Contessa's perfect roast chicken

Barefoot Contessa's perfect roast chicken

We have done some serious soul searching and believe that Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa, has one of the best roast chicken recipe's on Google so here it is for your delight with our pride and joy, your MPPP free-range chicken:


  • 1x 1.8-2kg roasting chicken (because MPPP has got your back with this size)
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large bunch fresh thyme, plus 20 sprigs
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 large yellow onion, thickly sliced
  • 4 carrots cut into chunks
  • 1 bulb of fennel, tops removed, and cut into wedges
  • Some good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil


1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C.

2. Rinse the chicken inside and out. 

3. Pat the outside dry. 

4. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. 

5. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, both halves of lemon, and all the garlic. 

6. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper. 

7. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. 

8. Place the onions, carrots, and fennel in a roasting pan. Toss with salt, pepper, 20 sprigs of thyme, and olive oil. Spread around the bottom of the roasting pan and place the chicken on top.

9. Roast the chicken for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. 

10. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a platter and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes. Slice the chicken onto a platter and serve it with the vegetables

11. and most important... ENJOY and let us know what you think on Facebook or Instagram!