Roast Chicken With Herbs

  • Active Time 5m
  • Total Time 1h 20m
  • Rating ****

Makes 4 servings


  • For the Chicken:
  • One 3- to 4-pound chicken
  • For the Herbs:
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano or marjoram, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, pureed (see note)


Note: To puree the garlic, Hold the pointy ends of a fork against a plate and rub the peeled garlic against the tips to make a juicy puree.


Rinse the chicken inside and out with cold water. Remove the two pockets of fat just inside the cavity, then pat dry with a towel.


Make an herb paste by mixing the chopped herbs, salt, pepper, olive oil and garlic. Rub the paste all over the outside of the chicken.


Set the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan, breast-side up, and cook in a 375 degrees F oven for 20 minutes. Then turn the chicken over and cook another 20 minutes, breast-side down. Then turn it over again, breast-side up, for the last 20 minutes of cooking. If the bird is on the large side, 4 pounds or more, it will need an additional 15 minutes.


When it is cooked, remove from the oven, lightly cover with foil, and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. This resting time is very important for all cooked meats so that the texture will be tender and juicy. Before cutting and serving, collect the juices from the roasting pan, skim off the layer of clear fat from the top, and moisten the servings with the tasty juices.


We often have a simple supper of roast or grilled chicken with lettuce vinaigrette and garlic croutons. The chicken juices and the vinaigrette are really good together.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Harper Collins. All rights reserved.

RecID 1687

nutrition information per serving

228 calories; 8g total fat; 115mg cholesterol; 418mg sodium; 0g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 35g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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