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One Pan Roast Chicken

This easy recipe for a One Pan Roast Chicken turns simple ingredients into a healthy and flavorful dinner.

Roast chicken leg served on top of mashed potatoes.

This one pan chicken recipe makes it easy to get dinner on the table with minimal mess and since roast chicken tends to appeal to a wide range of palates, it's an excellent choice for family dinners.

One of my favorite things when making roast chicken is that the leftovers can be used to make so many other dishes. I often use the leftovers to make chicken quesadillas, add it to salads and soups, such as this Creamy Chicken Noodle and Vegetable Soup, Tomato Orzo Soup and this Black Bean Soup.

How to Make it

There is something so comforting about the aroma of a roasting chicken dinner. Luckily, making this tasty dish using a whole chicken couldn't be easier.

All you need to make this one pan chicken dinner are a few staple ingredients and some herbs for a delicious meal.

Here's an overview of the ingredients you'll need to make this chicken dish. Please see the complete recipe with ingredients amounts at the end of this post.

Ingredients Overview:

  • Whole chicken 
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Cloves of garlic 
  • Lemon
  • Fresh thyme and rosemary: Dry can be used if fresh isn't available.
  • Paprika
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Chicken broth - or water
Cut up whole chicken in one pan.

Steps Overview:

You only need a few minutes of hands on time to make this simple recipe. Follow these steps for delicious and tender chicken.

  1. The first step is to cut up the whole chicken into pieces so that it cooks quicker.
  2. To add flavour to the chicken, add some onion wedges, celery and carrot sticks and some smashed garlic cloves to the pan.
  3. Chop a lemon into four pieces and add it to the pan along with some fresh herbs (or dry, if fresh isn't available). For this recipe, I used thyme and rosemary, but you can use what you prefer.
  4. Drizzle a touch of olive oil over the chicken and veggies and sprinkle everything with salt, pepper and some paprika. Finish by pouring some chicken broth in the bottom of the pan.
  5. Roast chicken in preheated oven. That's it, so quick and easy!

Serving Suggestions

The chicken comes out moist, tender and flavorful, I like to serve it with mashed potatoes and use the pan sauce as a sort of gravy. Or you can serve this roast chicken with this tasty Sweet Potato with Feta Cheese dish.

For a quick and easy low carb dinner, serve this chicken with mashed cauliflower and steamed veggies or salad on the side.

Roasted chicken thigh over mashed potatoes.

Storage Instructions

Cooked chicken can be stored in the refrigerator for a maximum of 4 days. If you would like to store it for longer make sure to wrap it well and store it in a food storage container in the freezer for up to 3 months.


More Chicken Recipes

Cut up chicken pieces with carrots, celery, onions and lemon.

One Pan Roast Chicken

Turn simple ingredients into a healthy and delicious chicken dinner with this easy recipe for a moist and flavourful One Pan Roast Chicken.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 606 kcal


  • 1 chicken approx. 1.5 kg in total
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 8 baby carrots or 2 large carrots or more
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 cloves large garlic peeled
  • ½ lemon
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1-2 tsp. dried Paprika
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  • Pre-heat oven to 400°F.
  • Rinse the chicken and pat it dry with paper towels. Remove excess fat and the giblets from the chicken cavity.
  • Cut chicken into pieces and place into pan.
  • Wash and chop all your vegetables.
  • Scatter the vegetables, lemon and herbs around the chicken pieces.
  • Using the side of a chef's knife smash the garlic cloves and scatter in the pan.
  • Pour chicken broth into pan.
  • Roast chicken for 40 to 45 min. Pierce a chicken thigh with the tip of a knife to check for doneness. If juices run clear, chicken is cooked. If not, cook chicken longer.


Calories: 606kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 47gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 188mgSodium: 341mgPotassium: 636mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2687IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 3mg
Keyword One Pan Roast Chicken
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4.75 from 4 votes (4 ratings without comment)
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Wednesday 24th of August 2016

I made this tonight and it was WONDERFUL. Rave reviews all around. My new favorite way of making roast chicken!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Sunday 4th of September 2016

Hi Sarah, thanks so much for leaving me a comment to let me know you enjoyed the recipe, I love hearing back from people


Friday 15th of April 2016

I'm here to rave about this recipe too! This is nearly always what I look for in a 5-star recipe - maximum flavour derived from minimum effort - and the effort for this recipe is practically nonexistent. I skillet-toasted some sesame seeds and sprinkled these over the chicken pieces before serving. Steamed rice and oven-roasted brussels sprouts were the yummy others. One thing I might do next time though, if I have a bit more time, is to brown the chicken pieces first - just to get a bit more attractive colour. 

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Friday 15th of April 2016

Thanks so much Anna, so happy you liked it, I really love the idea of brussels sprouts with this dish, sounds like you made the perfect dinner!

The Hungry Mum

Monday 19th of October 2015

The Hungry Dad wouldn't believe his eyes if I made this dinner for him ;) Amazing.

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Wednesday 21st of October 2015

Thanks so much, so sweet of you to say :)

Jess @ Sweetest Menu

Friday 16th of October 2015

I LOVE roast chicken! Yours look incredible, that golden colour - oh man, I want to grab my fork and dig right in!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Saturday 17th of October 2015

Thanks Jess!


Thursday 15th of October 2015

This roast chicken looks delicious and easy to make.

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Thursday 15th of October 2015

Thanks! I don't think it can get much easier than this :)

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