the perfect roast chicken

This one of my husband’s favorite dinners. I make it at least twice a month in our kitchen. And then we have leftovers to use in other dishes -like classic chicken pot pie, cheesy chicken enchiladas, or fresh chicken noodle soup!

It quite literally is the PERFECT roast chicken.

At first it seemed daunting…but the truth is, when you are following a Barefoot Contessa recipe, there is not much that can go wrong. I did make a few variations, catering to some of the things Bret and I like (root veggies, for example). This meal is sure to impress any dinner guest, and (as an added bonus) it is one of “the world’s easiest dinners.”

Here’s my recipe adopted from the amazing Ina Garten:


  • 1 5-6 pound chicken
  • Kosher salt & black pepper
  • 1 hefty bunch of fresh thyme
  • 1 lemon cut in half
  • 2 tbsp of garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp of butter, melted
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped in large slices
  • 2 large carrots, chopped in large pieces
  • 2 large potatoes (any kind), chopped in large pieces
  • 6 inches of cooking twine


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

2. Prep all ingredients and chop the veggies prior to handling the chicken.

3. Remove the giblets from inside the chicken cavity. Rinse the inside and outside of the chicken. Remove any excess pinfeathers or fat. Pat dry. Place the chicken on it’s back (legs facing upward) in a cast iron skillet or other roasting pan.

4. Generously salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the inside of the chicken with all the lemon, garlic, and thyme.

5. Brush the top of the chicken with the melted butter and sprinkle with S&P. Tie the legs together with your cooking twine and tuck the wings under the body as much as possible.

6. Place the onion slices, carrots, and potatoes around the chicken in the skillet.

7. Roast the chicken for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between  the leg and the thigh. Cut off cooking twine, carve & serve immediately with the roasted veggies. Lastly, enjoy!

Below you will see a photo of a roast chicken with all the veggies from the recipe above and another photo of a roast chicken with just onion (no carrots or potatoes).

I hope you try this recipe and see for yourself how perfect a roast chicken can taste!
Let me know if you have any questions!

xo sarah


this abundant life

An abundant life (John 10:10) is something I deeply desire and always hope for.

An abundant life, I realize, is not free of sorrows or absent of trials but it is completely fulfilling and satisfying for one reason: Jesus. Jesus is the treasure and prize that meets every deepest desire. Hopefully this post convicts and consoles, as well as provokes repentance and encouragement.

An abundant life is firmly rooted in the Gospel. This is the Gospel: Jesus is God. We are sinners. The penalty of our sin is death. Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, and was crucified on a cross for our sins. He loved us and so He died the death we deserved to die. Now we can live eternally with Jesus in Heaven and experience the truest form of freedom through the grace and forgiveness that Jesus gives. This free gift of salvation is available to anyone who believes, repents and puts their trust in Jesus. Amen!

The Gospel gives hope, assurance, and makes this life we live truly abundant because we have a relationship with Jesus and forgiveness of sin. There is a passage of scripture in The Bible that really sums up what living life with Jesus looks like, Psalm 23:

      The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

          He makes me lie down in green pastures.

     He leads me beside still waters.

          He restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness

          for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley

of the shadow of death,

          I will fear no evil,

     for you are with me;

          your rod and your staff,

          they comfort me.

     You prepare a table before me

          in the presence of my enemies;

     you anoint my head with oil;

          my cup overflows.

     Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

          all the days of my life,

     and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD


My purpose in writing this blog is to bring glory to God, share how He has called me to Himself, and what living life abundantly through Him and for Him looks like for me. Whether that be loving my husband, making my house a home, getting creative in the kitchen, living in community, or exploring this beautiful world…I’m here to share
this abundant life with you!

xo sarah