Rustic Roasted Chicken

"This is one pot cooking at it's tantalizing best. You start by rubbing an organic chicken with lemon and butter. Then stuff the cavity with sprigs of thyme, rosemary and tarragon, setting the bird on a bed of vegetables, which soak up the herb scented juices as they cook. After an hour the skin is crisp, the meat is tender and the vegetables are perfectly roasted."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Preheat oven to 425*F.
  • Toss the potatoes, carrots, parsnips, shallots, mushrooms, and garlic with the oil and a generous pinch of salt and pepper in a large roasting pan.
  • Cut the lemon inhalf, and rub the chickens with the lemon flesh and then the butter; season the birds generously with salt and pepper.
  • Place half a lemon and two sprigs each of tarragon, rosemary and thyme in the cavity of each chicken.
  • Arrange the chickens on top of the vegetables, and roast in the lower half of the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the chickens are cooked and the skin is crisp, basting the chickens every 20 minutes.
  • If the birds are not crisp, increase the oven temperature to 475*F for the last 10 to 15 minutes of cooking.
  • Remove from the oven, cover the chickens loosely with aluminum foil, and allow the chickens and vegetables to rest in the pan for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the chickens and vegetables to a platter, pour off the fat in the pan, deglaze with the wine or broth and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle the carved chicken and vegetables with the sea salt and serve with the pan juices.

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  1. This smells heavenly while baking in the oven AND the results are very flavourful! I did not use parnips or shallots only new potatoes, carrots, huge onion wedges, lots of garlic cloves! I did not have fresh tarragon, substituted fresh summer savoury. And of course, I deglazed with white wine! A very tasty dish, quick to assemble and I love the one pot cooking. Thanks Marie, for a lovely dinner. (
  2. This was just plain good food! My only amendment was to change out the butter for a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. There wasn't a morsel of meat remaining for leftovers :-( after dinner for 8. I guess I'll have to make it again :-) soon! Thanks for posting.



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