Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

Robust herbs slipped under the skin of a whole roasting chicken add hearty flavor to one of winter's most venerable dishes.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375*F (190*C) Rinse the chicken under cold water, drain and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Season inside and out with salt and pepper.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the sage, thyme, oregano, rosemary, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper.
  4. Using your fingers, loosen the skin of the chicken that covers the breast by sliding your fingers between the skin and the flesh, being careful not to tear the skin.
  5. Slip half of the herbs inside the pocket defined by each breast half, distributing them evenly over the breast and thigh.
  6. Tuck the lemon slices inside the pockest between the skin and flesh, placing 2 slices on each side.
  7. Truss the chicken by tying the legs together with kitchen string.
  8. Brush the chicken with the melted butter.
  9. Place the chicken on it's side on an oiled roasting rack in a roasting pan.
  10. Roast for 20 minutes.
  11. Turn the chicken onto it's other side and roast for another 20 minutes.
  12. Turn the chicken breast side up and continue to roast until the juices run clear when pierced in the thigh.
  13. 15 to 20 minutes longer.
  14. Remove the chicken from the oven and transfer to a platter.
  15. Cover loosely with aluminum foil and let stand for 10 minutes before carving.
Most Helpful

5 5

This was wonderful!! Loved this. My chicken was not cooked through and I had to put back into the oven for another 15 minutes for it to complete but the herbs are wonderful in this chicken, I will be making this again!! Thanks for posting!