Easy Herb Roasted Chicken

Easy Herb Roasted Chicken

I’ve roasted a heck of a lotta chickens in my short 27 years – It’s my all-time favorite meal after all! But, alas, my method for the most mouthwatering roasted chicken has never made it off a continually crossed-out, written-over, frayed and splattered sticky note.

I’d say it’s time for this baby to make it’s mark on the Internets, once and for all!

Roasted Chicken

There’s nothing quite like the smell of big fat chicken bubbling away in the oven… It fills your home and reminds you that a delicious, warm, and comforting meal is on its way to your eager tummy.

I’ve roasted ‘em a hundred different ways – basted, beer canned, butter and the lot. But this method, using a blend of simple pantry staples and fresh herbs, has proved the absolute best.

Just look at her… isn’t she a beauty?

Easy Roasted Chicken

Roast one and you’ve got meals for days… my already easy soups, chilis, salads, casseroles, sandwiches and pizzas are that much quicker with a heap of tasty cooked, cut-up chicken.

Crispy Roasted Chicken

Now, you’ve got your chicken roasted up pretty and need a good trick to whack it up? Here’s a handy dandy guide for getting that tender meat off the bone with elegance and ease!

Wishbone

… Just don’t forget to save the wishbone!

Once the chicken is cooked, slip out this bone right beneath the center of the chicken breasts, clean it off and dry it out on the counter. Next day, grab your fellow chicken lover, loop your pinkies around the base, and make a wish. Whoever snaps off the biggest half is the lucky recipient of a wish come true… or so I’ve grown up believing!

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Easy Herb Roasted Chicken

Yield: Makes 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

1 whole 5-6 pound chicken

1/2 yellow onion, cut into wedges

4 whole cloves garlic, crushed

1 handful fresh thyme, rosemary or parsley

1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon paprika

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Arrange oven rack on bottom third. Prepare a large roasting pan topped with a rack. (You can also top a 13x9 pan with a small cooling rack)

Remove giblets from chicken cavity and rinse whole chicken. Pat dry with paper towels and place onto rack atop roasting pan, breast side up.

Place onion, garlic, and herbs into cavity. Coat chicken all over with olive oil using your hands. Combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika in a small bowl and season chicken all over with mixture, patting on with your hands. If desired, tie legs with kitchen twine.

Roast for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, depending on size*. If chicken is browning too quickly, cover loosely with aluminum foil. To measure temperature, place a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh without touching the bone. It should reach 180 degrees.

Remove chicken from oven and cover with aluminum foil. Let rest for at least 10 minutes before carving.

Enjoy!

* The 6-pound chicken pictured was done after 1 hour, 45 minutes of roasting, though your results may vary.

      

38 Responses to “Easy Herb Roasted Chicken”

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    london bakes — February 20, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    What a perfect looking roast chicken – these pictures are making me very hungry!

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    Caroline @ chocolate and carrots — February 20, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    I’ve actually never made a chicken before in my 26 years. I should stop that right away and make this. :)

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    The Café Sucré Farine — February 20, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    Looks just wonderful! I’m with you, there’s nothing better than roasted chicken and the lovely aroma that comes with it as it bakes.

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    visionkeeper — February 20, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    Do you roast it at 425 the whole time? Seems really hot, but it sure does look good. Thank you for sharing… VK

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    Vicki Bensinger — February 20, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    Your chicken looks perfect! The color is spot on, I can almost taste it. I’m curious – what programmed are you using that your photos are changing ? I’ve seen that at the top of the page but never in the middle of a post.

    Nice recipe!

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — February 20, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    Love roast chicken– yours looks perfect!

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — February 20, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    visionkeeper – Yes, I roasted at 425 the whole time but tented the chicken with foil after about 45 minutes. It came out perfectly crisp and tender!

    Vicki – I’m sorry, I don’t quite understand your question. If you’re asking about what I use to edit photos, I use Photoshop.

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — February 20, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    This looks like a perfect roasted chicken! Your pictures are gorgeous!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — February 20, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

    That is one gorgeous bird Georgia!!

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    Judy@Savoring Today — February 20, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    I’m with you — roasted chicken is a favorite of mine, so many things you can do with it (after peeling a leg off of it and eating it hot out of the oven, of course). Good stuff!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — February 20, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

    Roasted chicken is the best, yours is so golden!

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    thejoyofcaking — February 20, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

    I love roasted chicken but barely remember to make it – don’t know why that is! Thanks for the delicious looking reminder :)

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — February 20, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

    Look at that gorgeous chicken! I almost never roast a whole chicken, not sure why. I need to do it soon, my mouth is watering!

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    Angela AnotherBitePlease — February 20, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

    ooo..this looks like it came out perfect. i love a roasted chicken.

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    RavieNomNoms — February 20, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    How on earth did I miss this perfect chickadee?! It looks phenomenal!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — February 20, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I love roasted chicken and yours looks SO good. YUM!

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    Jess @ On Sugar Mountain — February 20, 2013 @ 8:16 pm

    Hi there! I can’t believe I just stumbled onto your blog now :O Where has it been all my life?!? Newly subscribed and I MAY even brave this whole chicken deal. Sort of terrifies me but with photos like that how can I resist?! :D

    ~Jess

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 20, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

    Love this! It’s the perfect Sunday Supper type dish!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — February 21, 2013 @ 1:13 am

    Oh! That roast chicken looks so comforting!

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    Jeanette — February 21, 2013 @ 1:21 am

    What a beautiful roast chicken – there’s nothing like the smell of home roasted chicken. For years, I thought roasting chicken was so difficult but once I realized how easy it really was, it has become my lazy night dinner. Love the wishbone images – fun!

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    Nicole Lisson — February 21, 2013 @ 1:25 am

    I always roast a chicken on Sundays to make dinner easy peasy during the week. Gorgeous photos by the way!

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    Pam — February 21, 2013 @ 1:51 am

    I love roasting chickens and you are right – this one is a beauty!

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    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — February 21, 2013 @ 2:42 am

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    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — February 21, 2013 @ 2:45 am

    Wow, Georgia! I wish I had been there for dinner! This bird is beautiful! I love roasting a chicken on a Sunday afternoon. But mine have never been this pretty! Hope you got the bigger piece of the wishbone! : )

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    Monica — February 21, 2013 @ 4:23 am

    That is one delicious-looking roast chicken! We had to replace our oven recently because the door on the old one wouldn’t close properly. I’ve been meaning to properly test the new oven out with a roast chicken. You’ve reminded me to get on it! : )

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 21, 2013 @ 4:23 am

    Can you believe that I have not ever roasted my own chicken?! This is just gorgeous! I need to try this!

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    Megan Keno — February 21, 2013 @ 4:36 am

    What a gorgeous bird!! I have to roast another chicken, my skin never comes out that crispy and gorgeous!

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    Tracey Wilhelmsen — February 21, 2013 @ 4:37 am

    That is one seriously gorgeous roasted chicken! I usually butterfly my chickens when I cook them, but I definitely need to try this.

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    cquek — February 21, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    I just printed this recipe out and I can’t wait to try it!

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    SkinnyMommy — February 21, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    That is one gorgeous chicken chicken! I love the wishbone pics too!

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    Liz Berg — February 21, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    What a picture perfect roast chicken! My mouth is watering and it’s not even 7 AM…shouldn’t I be dreaming of breakfast???? LOL.

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — February 21, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    Georgia, Georgia! Oh my goodness, this looks INCREDIBLE. I finally conquered my fear of turkey but I have yet to tackle chicken. If mine looks half as good as this looks, I’ll be in for a real treat! DYING over this gorgeous thing!

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    Val — February 21, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

    There is nothing on this planet I love more than Roasted Chicken!! YUM

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    sarah k @ the pajama chef — February 21, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

    i love roasted chicken SO much. yours is gorgeous!

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    Reeni Pisano — February 22, 2013 @ 1:52 am

    That is a gorgeous roast chicken Georgia! The wishbone pictures are so cute too!

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    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — February 22, 2013 @ 3:02 am

    Herb roasted chicken is one of my all time favorite (non dessert) foods. In fact at the restaurant I work at we just tested out a herb roasted organic chicken for v day and it went so well we are adding it to our friday night specials. I am so happy to have herb roasted chicken around. It seriously does make other things so easy to whip up. And the smell of it whilst cooking mMmM. Sometimes I add bacon on top while it cooks.. naughty!

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    Sarah Park — February 24, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

    Roasted chicken is my all-time favorite. And of course, I never fail to grab the wishbone.

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    Joy Moyers — March 2, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Now I’m hungry for chicken.

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