Classsic Sunday Whole Roasted Chicken

By Farmer Dan






Prep Time

25 minutes

Cook Time

90 minutes

During my grade school years, I cherished the weekly tradition of visiting my best friend David's grandparent's farm in Kansas. The journey, roughly an hour away from our home, took us back to a simpler time. The farm had been in his family since it was homesteaded and still lacked indoor plumbing (this was in the early '60's).

Mid-afternoon, after the chores, we would gather around a big kitchen table for a familial feast, relishing the taste of a fresh, farm-raised chicken.

It was this experience that inspired me to bring the same wholesome flavor of fresh chicken to our customers. With a goal to provide chemical-free, authentic farm-raised chicken, I set out to bring this delicious recipe to life. I take pride in this classic dish, and it has become a staple in my own Sunday tradition, a legacy passed down from those fond memories on the farm in Kansas.

"The Best Chicken You've Ever Had" Sampler


  • 1 (3-4 pound) Heartstone Farm whole chicken
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of dried sage
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Place the lemon quarters and minced garlic inside the chicken cavity.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, thyme, rosemary, sage, salt, and pepper.
  4. Brush the mixture all over the chicken, making sure to cover it evenly.
  5. Place the chicken in a roasting pan, breast-side up.
  6. Roast the chicken in the oven for 45 minutes.
  7. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F (190°C) and continue roasting for an additional 30-45 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (74°C) when measured with a meat thermometer.
  8. Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before carving and serving.

Recipe Notes

This roasted whole chicken is a classic and simple dish that is perfect for any occasion. Enjoy!