This garlic herb roasted chicken ups your roasting game by adding herbs, garlic & butter under the skin for extra flavor. Comforting, easy to prepare and delicious.
Roast chicken was one of the first meats my son ate and it’s still a favorite, indeed for all of us. At this time of year, it’s an easy way to have a hearty meal without putting in all that much effort. This garlic herb roasted chicken takes a tiny bit more effort but with delicious results.
We typically roast some vegetables like potatoes, squash, carrots, parsnips, beets and/or broccoli to go alongside. As well as being a great meal in itself, there is the added bonus of having the bones to make stock with for the soups we are getting back in, with it being particularly good for Scotch broth and avgolemono soup.
You also, sometimes, have some leftover meat which can go in a variety of things from sandwiches and salads to risotto – Vietnamese chicken salad and butternut squash risotto with chicken are particular favorites. If there are less of you for a Thanksgiving meal, it’s a great alternative to turkey as you don’t end up eating it for weeks and it is a lot quicker to cook, but it still retains much of the essence of a traditional meal.
One of the things I love about roasting a chicken is there is minimal preparation and while it takes a little time to cook, you don’t have to do anything, just let it get on with things. I often roast it relatively plain with seasoning on top and some lemon inside, but this time I felt like doing a teeny bit more preparation than usual to try to get a more interesting end result and capture some of the fall flavors.
How to prepare garlic herb roasted chicken
While it’s a little more than just putting the chicken in the oven, the preparation for this roasted chicken is easy. You crush up some garlic with some salt, add the chopped aromatic herbs, then ease the mixture in under the skin of the chicken. You do this just by gently pulling the skin away from the breast of the chicken, from the neck end.
I didn’t bother trying to put it under the skin of the legs as well, as both I felt it was too much of a pain to try to do as well as personally I really like the flavor of the brown meat as it is and it seemed enough just over the breast meat.
Having played around with roasting, I find adding a bit of butter under and over the skin really helps the flavor. I also really like using some whole lemon inside, so I added that too.
See how it all comes together in the short video:
All combined gives a nicely aromatic flavor that makes a nice variation on a simple roast chicken. Plus, the skin still goes crispy and there is plenty of meat without the garlic-herb mixture on it in case some of your eaters (eg the kids) find it a bit weird.
So up your roast chicken game and try this tasty twist. This garlic herb roasted chicken takes only a tiny bit more work for wonderfully aromatic flavors that are oh so good.
Looking for sides to serve with your roast chicken? Try these!
- Maple-roasted buttercup squash
- Dauphinoise potatoes (like scalloped potatoes)
- Roasted asparagus with parmesan
- Some of these garlic herb Parker house rolls from Garlic and Zest would also be great.
- Plus get more ideas in the side dishes archives, as well as comforting winter recipes.
Garlic herb roasted chicken
- 4 lb chicken 1.8kg, approx
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp fresh sage
- 2 tsp fresh thyme
- 1 tsp fresh rosemary
- 1/2 lemon
- 3/4 tbsp butter 10g (approx)
- Preheat oven to 400F/200C.
- Roughly chop garlic and crush with the salt.
- Roughly chop herbs and add to garlic, crush to combine.
- Gently ease the skin away from the meat over the chicken breasts from the neck end (ie not from the cavity). Take some of the garlic-herb mixture and push it in under the skin, over the breast, on each side, and ease it over as much of the breast as possible by rubbing from the outside once you have put the mixture in as best you can. Rub the rest of the paste over the outside.
- Cut the half lemon in two and push into the cavity of the bird, then place on a roasting tray. Slice the butter into 3 or 4 thin slices and put a slice under the skin on each breast.
- Sprinkle the skin with salt and pepper then drizzle over a little olive oil and rub in. Dot a couple more pieces of butter on the outside.
- Roast for 1hr, 15 mins until the skin is crisp and the juices run clear.
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