Summer Herb Roast Chicken

"Family favorite"
photo by DianaEatingRichly photo by DianaEatingRichly
photo by DianaEatingRichly
photo by DianaEatingRichly photo by DianaEatingRichly
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Ready In:
1hr 50mins




  • Mix oil, thyme, marjoram, salt and pepper.
  • Grate 1 t.
  • lemon peel from lemon; add peel to oil mixture.
  • Cut lemon into fourths; place in cavity of chicken.
  • Place chicken, breast side up on rack in shallow roasting pan; brush oil mixture on chicken.
  • Roast uncovered 45 minutes in 375 degree oven.
  • Arrange potatoes, carrots, and green beans around chicken; brush chicken and vegetables with oil mixture; roast uncovered 30-45 minutes or until juice of chicken runs clear.
  • Remove lemon and discard.
  • Place chicken on platter; arrange vegetables around chicken; serve with pan drippings.

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  1. QuirkyMelma
    I liked the recipe and mine turned out delicious but I changed up the recipe a bit. From another recipe I saw rosemary which is what taste I was going for and added dried rosemary leaves and minced fresh garlic to the herb mixture in the olive oil. Also rather than using all veggies, I only had red potatoes. I roasted the chicken first and then added the potatoes with whole cloves of garlic cut up and made another batch of herbs and olive oil to add to the potatoes. I think I ended up cooking it longer because the potatoes didn't want to cook fully but I had enough to serve with dinner. My husband loved it and asked me if I was feeling ok since I never cook. He reminded me of what my mother always says about me "when she puts her mind to it, she does very well." It was nice to sit down and eat all that I had cooked because it turned out so delicious. Thank you for getting me started.
  2. DDW
    Hy husband went gaga over this one. Thanks for sharing, I had been looking for a good roast chicken recipe. I made it as is except shoved a few cloves of garlic under the skin of the chicken. I added the quartered potatoes about 20 minutes after the chicken went in to make sure that they were done when the chicken was. I'm going to have to use a smaller rack next time because some of my veggies fell thru the cracks. This one is a keeper.
  3. Rumpole
    O.K., folks. If you're looking for a wonderfully flavored, moist, tender, "Oh, my - is this good or what?" chicken, look no farther. The potatoes need more than 30-45 minutes given in the recipe to fully cook. Last time we made this, I doubled the recipe for oil mixture, put the spuds in at the beginning and liberally coated them with the oil and herbs. The potatoes came out wonderfully crusty and flavorful. Di, you're a winner and so is this recipe!!!!
  4. clucuik
    My family didn't mind this recipe, but the lemon was a bit much in parts of the chicken. I found some of it quite tasty, but others either very lemony or bland. Sorry to say I probably won't make it again.
  5. GinnyP
    'Sort of' made this to order.:) I was not sure what I wanted, but this was a fabulous base for me to work from. I added shallot to the cavity and a little soy sauce to the oil/herb mixture because I was told adding a little soy helps color the chicken, which it did. I completely forgot to add salt and pepper, and I usually use alot of salt and pepper. We didn't even miss it, this was so flavorful and moist. I didn't add the veggies, but only because I already had side dishes planned. And in my oven, the 4# chicken took 70 minutes to cook. I let it 'rest' 10. Thanks NurseDi and thanks to DDW for recommending this recipe in "Talk". :)



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