Roasted Chicken with Carrots, Fennel, and Onion

Roasted Chicken with Carrots, Fennel, and Onion

It was another cold and rainy day here in Portland so I decided to roast a chicken. I didn’t want anything fancy… just simple comfort food. I found this recipe for a perfect roasted chicken by Ina GartenΒ and decided to make it. I adapted it a bit by excluding the butter because I wanted to keep it a little lower in fat. I loved the flavor of the roasted carrots, onion, and fennel and the chicken turned out extremely moist, tender, and delicious. This is definitely a great recipe for roasted chicken – I am looking forward to making it again.

Roasted Chicken with Carrots, Fennel, and Onion:
Adapted recipe by For the Love of
Original recipe by Ina Garten
  • 1 5lb chicken
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • 1 lemon, cut in half
  • Several sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 head of garlic, cut in half crosswise
  • 4-5 carrots, peeled and cut in half
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion, thickly sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, thickly sliced
  • Fennel, tops removed and cut into wedges
  • Olive oil

 Roasted Chicken with Carrots, Fennel, and Onion

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Remove chicken giblets out of the cavity and rinse the chicken. Pat dry then coat the chicken with olive oil cooking spray then season with sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, and garlic powder, to taste, all over the bird.

Place the lemon halves, all of the garlic, and a handful of fresh thyme into the cavity. Place the bird on a roasting rack in a roasting pan. Place the carrots, onion, and fennel in the roasting pan along with a few sprigs of thyme, season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Drizzle some olive oil on top of the veggies and toss to coat evenly.

Place a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh without touching the bone. Place the chicken into the oven and roast for 1 1/2 hours or until the temperature reaches 180 degrees. Remove the chicken from the oven and let the bird rest with a tin foil tent for at least five to ten minutes before carving. Serve the chicken with the roasted vegetables. Enjoy.

Roasted Chicken with Carrots, Fennel, and Onion


Click here for a printable version of this recipe – For the Love of


Johnsonville wanted me to spread word about a recipe contest they are doing where three winners will share $15,000.00 in cash. It’s quick and easy for anyone to enter. Just start with any familiar recipe – or develop a new one and use Johnsonville Sweet, Mild, Hot, or Four Cheese Italian sausage, instead of ground beef, chicken, or another protein. For more information about the recipe contest, visit their site here. You can also visit their Facebook site here.

I will be giving away 4 coupons each good for 1 package of any flavor Johnsonville Fresh Italian Sausage. I will pick two winners who will each receive two coupons. All you have to do to win is leave a comment on this post. If you don’t have a blog, please leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you are chosen. I will announce the winners on Monday. Good luck!

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76 Responses to “Roasted Chicken with Carrots, Fennel, and Onion”

  1. 1

    Mandy — October 29, 2010 @ 3:18 am

    This had to smell amazing while roasting!

    Fun giveaway!


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    Jason — October 29, 2010 @ 3:34 am

    Looks tasty!


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    Gerry S. — October 29, 2010 @ 4:02 am

    Mmmmm, that sure looks one juicy bird!


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    Cathy — October 29, 2010 @ 4:19 am

    Yum, I love a good roast chicken. Nice giveaway, Pam.


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    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente — October 29, 2010 @ 4:40 am

    I love chicken cooked with lemon, the garlic is an idea I had not thought to of. Also love fennel so I will be over for dinner:-) Have a good weekend. Diane


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    Aimerz — October 29, 2010 @ 4:47 am

    I have never dared to roast a chicken…but I love your recipe that I have to try it. Thanks!


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    Chels — October 29, 2010 @ 4:50 am

    I love a good Roasted Chicken, yum!


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    theUngourmet — October 29, 2010 @ 5:27 am

    I love the fennel and carrots with your chicken. I've been roasting a lot of chicken lately. Whole chickens are such a good price compared to boneless chicken breasts and usually I have a little left over for lunch the next day. I'd love to try this recipe!


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    kristen — October 29, 2010 @ 5:27 am

    I am fairly new to your blog but LOVE IT! I have gotten my mom and aunt hooked on it to.


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    Sushma Mallya — October 29, 2010 @ 8:11 am

    lovely meal…


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    Susan — October 29, 2010 @ 10:42 am

    Nice looking chicken!!! Smells good. I always try to use Johnsonville sausages so this is a real treat. And fennel…one of my favorite vegetables.


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    Jenny Sunshine — October 29, 2010 @ 10:42 am

    I don't have any fennel… but I am cooking the rest tonight! Yummy dinner!


  13. 13

    Anonymous — October 29, 2010 @ 11:50 am

    That is one gorgeous chicken, Pam! Once again, Ina Garten never fails! Your photo is stunning!

    Kim in MD


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    Topher — October 29, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

    Sausage is great anytime of the year. Thanks for the giveaway!


    zekks at yahoo dot com


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    Kristen — October 29, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

    The chicken looks so yummy – perfect homey kind of meal!


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    Kari Oswald — October 29, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

    Who knew roasting a chicken was so easy! I can't wait to try your recipe.
    BTW – I made the Lemon and Garlic Broccolini and the Turkey Meatloaf Muffins topped with Spinach and Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes last night for dinner. My daughter loved the Meatloaf Muffins so much she had 3 of them! I had broccoli in the refrigerator so I used that instead of the broccolini. Both recipes


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    Jenn — October 29, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

    The roasted chicken looks wonderful Pam! Perfectly cooked!
    What a great contest Johnsville is having…gotta start thinking about what I can enter…hhhmmmm!!!!????


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    Big Dude — October 29, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

    The roasted chicken looks super good and since it's an Ina recipe, it has to be.


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    Becky — October 29, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

    Sounds like a fun contest! Recipe looks amazing!


  20. 20

    Rachel Moore — October 29, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

    Wow that sounds really good. I'm always looking for a tasty chicken recipe.


  21. 21

    SueS — October 29, 2010 @ 2:05 pm

    Perfect weather for a roast chicken. And I was trying to think of a way to use the fennel I have in my fridge. Looks awesome!


  22. 22

    Maria — October 29, 2010 @ 2:16 pm

    Great meal for a chilly fall day.


  23. 23

    Megan — October 29, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

    We use johnsville sausage in our stuffing and then stuff that into acorn squashes. It makes a perfect fall super and adds some protein in to simple meal, as well.


  24. 24

    PeggyR — October 29, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

    That's a wonderful recipe! The giveaway sounds great also!


  25. 25

    Michelle — October 29, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

    Great recipe and giveaway!


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    ~Lavender Dreamer~ — October 29, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

    I love to roast a whole chicken…makes the house smell amazing! Great recipe! β™₯


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    ericka — October 29, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

    This looks really good. I have never cooked with fennel. I think it is about time to step it up and give it a whirl. I love johnsonville sausage, great giveaway.


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    pigpigscorner — October 29, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

    There are so many ways to roast chicken, this must be good with 1 whole garlic!


  29. 29

    eonyc — October 29, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

    Now that it's cooler here I am SO ready to roast a bird!!!


  30. 30

    StephenC — October 29, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

    180 degrees? Egad!


  31. 31

    anabelle82 — October 29, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

    I wish I knew how to cut up a whole chicken!


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    Kate — October 29, 2010 @ 4:57 pm

    We love Johnsonville! Strangely enough the client who just left grew up with the folks who started Johnsonville. He told me the recipe is based on the county sausage maker's and that everyone in the county loved his brats… Best way to contact me is via my blog at


  33. 33

    Mary Y — October 29, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

    Looks great!


  34. 34

    Julianna — October 29, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

    looks great! cant wait to try!

    julianna_west at


  35. 35

    nikev — October 29, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

    would I enter my email address to a public site for a chance at free sausage? absolutely πŸ™‚
    nikev4 at


  36. 36

    Marjie — October 29, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

    I love a good roast chicken. With the onset of cold weather, it's a go-to around here.


  37. 37

    Joanne — October 29, 2010 @ 5:42 pm

    This cold and damp fall weather is just begging for roast chicken like this. Delicious.


  38. 38

    Melissa — October 29, 2010 @ 5:46 pm

    Thanks for the heads up on the contest – I think this might actually be one I would enter.

    Great chicken too. πŸ˜‰


  39. 39

    Stacey Snacks — October 29, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

    I make Ina's roast chicken every Friday night! Mine is thawing on the counter right now.


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    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy — October 29, 2010 @ 5:59 pm

    Seriously, I can smell that. Great photo, it looks awesome! I still have not tried fennel though, I so need to look for it! Thanks!


  41. 41

    Andria — October 29, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

    How yummy! andria{dot}carnell{at}gmail{dot}com


  42. 42

    Jessica — October 29, 2010 @ 6:24 pm

    What a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance!


  43. 43

    fittingbackin — October 29, 2010 @ 7:05 pm

    ooh I love it and want to try it!! Great giveaway!

    And of course this recipe looks EXCELLENT!


  44. 44

    The Blonde Duck — October 29, 2010 @ 7:15 pm

    I am determined to roast a chicken. Do you know how to do a roasted mesquite or bbq style chicken?


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    Anonymous — October 29, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

    Roasted chicken sounds wonderful! Perfect fall fare in this house. I'm definitely entering the Johnsonville contest. I have a simple but delicious recipe that uses their sausages. Mmmm!



  46. 46

    Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) — October 29, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

    This recipe looks so simple, Pam! I can never resist a roasted chicken and, as Thanksgiving is just me and my hubby this year, I'm trying to decide what kind to make. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing this excellent recipe!


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    the blissful baker — October 29, 2010 @ 9:07 pm

    this roasted chicken sounds scrumptious! i've never roasted a whole chicken before, but it looks simple enough, so i may try it soon!


  48. 48

    All Things Yummy — October 29, 2010 @ 9:24 pm

    I love Ina's recipes. They are always fantastic.
    Awesome giveaway. I'd like to try.


  49. 49

    Jessie — October 29, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

    Looks great. Thanks for the giveaway!


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    It's a new year! — October 29, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

    The chicken looks yummy! I will probably make it this weekend! I recently found your blog and have been loving all the recipes. We seem to have the same tastes in food!


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    Ana Powell — October 29, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

    Lovely roast chicken, great colour.
    Have a great week β™₯


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    anna p. — October 30, 2010 @ 2:36 am

    One of these days I'm going to have the courage to roast a chicken. I don't know what is so intimidating about it. Thanks!!
    divarez at


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    dr. emc — October 30, 2010 @ 4:49 am

    I've roasted numerous chickens, and I don't know how you do it! Or rather, I should explain–my house fills with smoke when I try. It's horrible. Any tips for not smoking out my family?


  54. 54

    daphne — October 30, 2010 @ 6:58 am

    taste like chicken! lol kidding well whatever types of chicken ideas. Whether it's roasted, taste spicy or tangy, I LOVE CHICKEN and the GIVE AWAY lol=)


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    Barbara — October 30, 2010 @ 9:30 am

    …Very enjoyble dish!
    I love roasted chicken:))
    Have a nice week end


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    The Improbable Farmer — October 30, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

    I just stocked up on whole roasters when New Seasons had them on sale. This looks like the perfect way to use one of them! I'm in Portland as well and have been cooking winter comfort foods all week.


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    ~RED~ — October 30, 2010 @ 4:28 pm

    Oh…. that chicken looks so good… i am starving!! Love fennel.


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    Chris — October 30, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

    Excluded the butter?!?! What the heck is wrong with you, you…you…butter exclusionist! πŸ™‚

    I like Johnsonville because they produce a consistent sausage, no surprises. I pretty much always have at least 1 pack each of their italian sausage and chorizo.


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    What's Good For Dinner! — October 30, 2010 @ 5:27 pm

    … and since it is STILL raining in Portland, I will be roasting a chicken too πŸ˜‰


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    Angela — October 30, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

    Love your blog and your recipes!
    Thanks for sharing the contest and coupons with us!


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    Nirmala — October 30, 2010 @ 11:15 pm

    I love fennel too. Nothing like good comfort food for those rainy day. Happy Halloween, Pam.


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    Kate — October 31, 2010 @ 2:11 am

    Ina's recipes are always great; but, I am so glad you omitted the inevitable butter from it! Thanks for a giveaway.


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    carmen — October 31, 2010 @ 2:25 am

    I LOVE the Johnsonville Sweet Basil sausage, I would love to get free package of those yummy sausage.


  64. 64

    Karen — October 31, 2010 @ 2:32 am

    Just wanted to say that I really enjoy your blog and have cooked lots of your recipes. thanks for helping me decide what's for dinner!


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    Beth — October 31, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    I just love roast chicken. And I love Ina's recipes. What a winner!


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    Joy — October 31, 2010 @ 1:16 pm

    Yummy! Can't wait to see you next weekend!


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    Jen_from_NJ — October 31, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

    I love Ina's recipes but sometimes they do contain a lot of butter. I like how you lightened it up. Delicious roast chicken!


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    Maris (In Good Taste) — October 31, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

    YUM! Love roasted chicken. So easy and it lasts for a bazilion meals!


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    The Cheap Chic Momma — October 31, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

    I have a whole chicken in the fridge just waiting to be roasted! I've never used fennel before…can't wait to try!


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    Juliannajones — October 31, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

    Great giveaway! and the roasted chicken looks devine πŸ™‚ can't wait to try it.


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    Anonymous — October 31, 2010 @ 7:19 pm

    Love your recipes and your adorable kids!!! It's so nice that they love to cook and help in the kitchen.


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    Jenn — October 31, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

    The day when I can eat chicken again will be a happy day for me. I'm counting down the days.


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    John — October 31, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

    Looks great and the weather is just in time for it. Thanks for sharing…


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    black eyed susans kitchen — October 31, 2010 @ 9:36 pm

    We love roast chicken…this recipe looks wonderful!


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    Little Inbox — November 1, 2010 @ 2:29 am

    The chicken is perfectly roasted, and it looks very flavorful.


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    grace — November 1, 2010 @ 6:03 am

    when i think about preparing a whole chicken, my mind goes to spatchcocking, mostly because it's an awesome word. this way is also terrific. πŸ™‚


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