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Perfect Roast Chicken

Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™
(12 PointsPlus®)

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So let’s start by talking about the flailing chicken arms in the photo. Every roasted chicken recipe I read says to tie the legs together with twine. But I never have twine and never remember to buy it no matter how many times I write it down or text it to myself. But luckily, flailing chicken legs still taste great when cooked, especially when roasted with lemon, garlic, thyme, fennel, and a touch of butter. This recipe is a slight adaptation of Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Chicken and is exactly that. It’s everything you want in a roast chicken and will fill your home with delicious smells and wonderful flavors. I recommend making it as soon as possible.

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Perfect Roast Chicken

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  • 3 lbs whole chicken
  • Salt and pepper
  • 10 U sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 U lemon, halved
  • 12 U garlic cloves (whole head, cut in half crosswise)
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted (or olive oil or ghee)
  • 1 U large onion, thickly sliced
  • 4 U carrots cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 U bulb fennel, tops removed, and cut into wedges
  • 1 lb. celeriac, cubed

Nutritional Facts

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varies (434g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 443
Calories from Fat 247
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g
Saturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 132mg
Sodium 214mg
Total Carbohydrate 15g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 3g
Protein 34g


  1. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Wash the chicken and pat it dry completely. Season the inside of the chicken with salt and pepper. Stuff with the lemon, 3/4 of the thyme bunch, and the garlic.
  3. Brush the outside of the chicken with the melted butter. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the onion, carrots, fennel, and potatoes to the bottom of a roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the remaining thyme over the veggies.
  5. Place the chicken on top. Roast for 90 minutes or until the juice run clear. Let rest for 30 minutes, tented with foil, before serving.
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The calorie and PointsPlus of each serving will vary based on the size of the serving and piece of chicken. The provided is an average with the skin and all fat. You can reduce calories and fat by removing the skin before consuming.

† SmartPoints™ and PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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