Herb Roast Chicken

    2 hours

    This recipe will create the most tender and flavoursome chicken. Oranges are used to flavour this dish. Use the stock left in the bottom of the pan to make gravy.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 250ml chicken stock
    • 1 (1.8kg) whole chicken, rinsed and patted dry
    • 115g butter, cut into 1 tablespoon sized pieces
    • 2 large oranges, halved
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 115g butter, melted
    • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
    • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
    • 2 sprigs fresh sage

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr20min  ›  Extra time:10min resting  ›  Ready in:2hr 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Pour the chicken stock into a small roasting tin and set aside.
    2. Loosen the skin from the breasts and thighs of the chicken. Stuff the butter pieces evenly underneath the skin of the chicken and place into the roasting tin. Squeeze the orange halves over the chicken and stuff the orange halves into the chicken cavity. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper to taste, then rub in the garlic. Drizzle the melted butter all over the chicken, then lay the herb sprigs onto the breast and around the legs.
    3. Cover the dish with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Uncover and baste the chicken with the juices. Continue cooking until the chicken is no longer pink or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 74 degrees C, 1 to 2 hours. Baste the chicken every 10 to 15 minutes after you uncover it. Once cooked, allow the chicken to rest out of the oven for 10 minutes before slicing.

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    I made this for christmas dinner last year, It was the most popular roast that night. All I can say is SUPERB!!  -  17 Jun 2012


    Amazing!!! I'll be making this again and again..  -  25 Dec 2011


    Ive tried a few recipes and this is the best yet and really juicy, only thing different a chef friend said turn chicken upside down when resting and juices flow back into breast!  -  07 Mar 2018