Herb-Roasted Chicken

Recipe by elainegl
READY IN: 2hrs 10mins




  • Place chicken in a 1 gallon zip-lock type bag. Pour 1/2 cup Kosher salt over chicken. Carefully pour 1 quart water over chicken and seal bag.
  • Gently mix the salt/water solution to cover chicken. Place sealed bag on a paper towel in the refrigerator and leave for 30 minutes. (This is called brining.).
  • Remove chicken from bag and rinse under cold water. Pat chicken dry.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • In a small bowl, stir together basil, salt (1/2 tsp.), sage, thyme, and lemon pepper (or pepper).
  • In another small bowl, melt butter. Add minced garlic to butter and mix together.
  • Remove neck and giblets from chicken. Place chicken, breast side down, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Use a basting brush to paint garlic butter onto the chicken skin. Sprinkle part of the herbs over the butter.
  • Turn chicken over and repeat with remaining butter and herbs.
  • Roast, uncovered, for 1.25 - 1.5 hours, or until drumsticks move easily in the sockets and a meat thermometer registers 180°F
  • Serve and enjoy!