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BTI (Better Than Ina’s) Roast Chicken and Vegetables
  • SERVES: 4 to 6
  • PREP: 40 minutes
  • TOTAL TIME: 2 hours 30 minutes

No need to flip this bird.

When I first created this recipe, the title jokingly suggested that my chicken was better than a certain barefoot cooking goddess’s version. A few years in, I think it’s safe to say that both our chickens are legendary, so now I’m making the BTI stand for BUT THEN I made the best roast chicken, or BEST THING IN the cookbook, or…(please send any and all ideas).

  • 1 large (5- to 6-pound) roasting chicken (go big or go home)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 23 cloves garlic—8 minced, 15 whole
  • 3 tablespoons mixed chopped herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano), plus some whole herb sprigs
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 3 parsnips, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 onion, cut into 1-inch wedges

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