Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins
The perfect roast chicken, using Scarborough Fair herbs--parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme and organic free-range chicken. This makes a lovely Sunday meal served with gravy made from the drippings if desired, and stuffing (see my Bread Stuffing), seasonal veggies, and mashed potatoes.
- 1 (3 1/2-4 lb) organic free-range roasting chickens
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 bunch herbs (parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme)
- 1 lemon, quartered
- kosher salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 cup dry white wine
- Place the cooking rack about 6 inches from the bottom of the oven, and preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Remove the chicken giblets, and any feathers or extra fat; rinse the chicken inside and out with cold running water and pat dry.
- Generously salt and pepper the chicken, inside and out.
- Stuff the cavity with sprigs of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, and the quartered lemon.
- Place chicken breast side up into a large Dutch oven or Le Creuset pan, tucking legs together (tie legs together with string, if necessary) and tucking the wing tips under the body of the chicken.
- Brush outside of chicken with melted butter, drizzle with wine, and sprinkle generously with additional salt and pepper.
- Roast the chicken for about 45 minutes, or until chicken is nicely browned.
- When chicken has browned, cover loosely with aluminum foil and continue to roast for an additional 25-35 minutes, or until juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh.
- Remove chicken from oven to a platter and cover with aluminum foil; let rest for 15 minutes.
- Before serving, remove the herb stuffing from inside the bird, discard.
- Make a gravy from the drippings if desired, and serve with slices of roast chicken, stuffing, seasonal veggies, and mashed potatoes.