The best roast chicken

    1 hour 35 min

    Chicken rubbed with a mixture of butter, rosemary, garlic and lemon zest is roasted for 1 hour in this recipe you will use over and over again!

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    Serves: 6 

    • 55g butter, softened
    • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
    • 1 lemon, zested and halved
    • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
    • 1 whole chicken
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:15min  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

    1. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6.
    2. Mix butter, garlic, thyme, rosemary, lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper together in a bowl.
    3. Loosen skin on chicken breast; rub butter mixture between skin and breast meat. Press on the skin to distribute evenly. Rub oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper all over; place lemon halves inside cavity. Set in a roasting tin.
    4. Roast in the preheated oven, basting after 30 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink, about 1 hour. Let rest before carving, about 15 minutes.


    I like to let the chicken rest in the fridge for a few hours or a full day after placing the herb butter under the skin.

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    Easy and Yummy  -  22 Feb 2019  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Turned out wonderfully. I made a gravy using the drippings 1/4 cup flour and 2 cups of broth and it was amazing! My chicken was 5 lbs and took about an hour and 15 minutes. My daughter wouldn't stop raving about how moist the white meat was. Thank you  -  23 Jan 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Delicious! I was out of lemons but I did have some zest frozen for that part. I substituted stuffing the bird with onions instead of lemons. Also I had the fresh rosemary but only dried thyme. Worked great! Yummy recipe  -  16 Jan 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)