Roasted Chicken with Herbs – a tantalising taste sensation

Roasted to a perfect golden-brown, this tender, flavourful chicken is sure to impress your guests.

Roasted Chicken with Herbs – a tantalising taste sensation

Golden, oven-roasted chicken on a Sunday afternoon certainly brings back childhood memories. This Roasted Chicken with Herbs is made with fresh seasonal herbs. Rosemary, mint, sage, parsley, basil, or whatever you have available will turn a roasted chicken into an aromatic taste sensation. Roasted to a perfect golden-brown, this tender, flavourful chicken is sure to impress your guests.

The trick to this recipe is to carefully part the skin on top of the chicken breast from the meat. Then, stuff the gap with fresh, delicate herbs. Next, add butter and you have an unbelievably succulent roasted chicken on the way. Although the cooking time is long, it takes only 15 minutes to prepare the chicken before popping it into the oven to roast to a delicious meal.

Serve Roasted Chicken with Herbs with a hearty side dish or two, like roasted potatoes, mashed cauliflower, glazed carrots or green beans.

Roasted Chicken with Herbs

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Recipe by Irene Muller Course: DinnerCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Moderate
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

2

hours 
Total time

2

hours 

15

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large whole chicken

  • butter

  • mixed herbs

  • 1 lemon

  • 2 red onions, halved

  • 1 garlic knob 

  • olive oil

  • bunch of fresh herbs: rosemary, mint, sage,  parsley and basil (any herbs in season)

  • stuffing (optional) 

  • salt and pepper

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 220ºC / 425ºF. 
  • Halve the garlic knob and pile with the onions in the middle of a large roasting tray and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Chop the soft herbs finely, drizzle with olive oil and the juice of half of the lemon.
  • Rub inside the chicken cavity with sea salt. Then, carefully grab the skin at the tip of the chicken breasts (just make sure that it does not rip) and pull up gently. With your other hand gently separate the skin from the meat of the breast. Add a little salt down the gaps that you have made and push in most of the chopped herbs and lumps of butter.
  • Add stuffing (optional) by pushing it in the cavity along with the lemon. Or, just push the lemon halves into the cavity along with the bay and rosemary sprigs. Then, pull the skin of the chicken breast forward so that the flesh is no longer exposed. 
  • Drizzle lemon juice over the chicken. 
  • Rub a little oil all over the chicken skin.
  • Season very generously with salt and black pepper.
  • Put the chicken on the oven tray and place it in the preheated oven. Cook for about 2 hours.

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