If you really love a simple gravy with your roast chicken, I'd recommend Ina's Jeffrey's Roast Chicken Recipe. It's really delicious too. If you're not a lemon lover, I'd cut the lemon way back. In Ina's recipe, you chop onions and lemons and put them in a dish with the whole bird on top. You roast the entire bird for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, and while the chicken is resting you add some wine and chicken stock to the pan ingredients to create a simple gravy. Super good but definitely the lemon stands out.
J.D. and I loved all of this roast chicken so much we've basically decided it's our new Sunday staple. Basically roast chicken is SUPER easy (the entire bird looks/sounds a little intimidating) but seriously it's as easy as chopping a few things and tossing it in the oven. It's healthy, and it's so comforting. Even after having chicken night after night testing different recipes, J.D. and I never once got tired of having a really delish roast chicken dinner. And finally, it's so versatile. You can add whatever veggies you're in the mood for along side the chicken. One night we threw in extra potatoes and quickly sautéed spinach, and another night we made rice and roasted brussels sprouts. We usually had leftovers that I made into chicken quesadillas the following night. Super good guys, we'd highly recommend giving a roast chicken a try if you've been intimidated in the past! (Bonus, perfect for entertaining but you fix it and then forget about while it cooks!)