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Italian Herb Roasted Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 45 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 55 mins
A simple roasted chicken using Italian herbs, lemon and butter to give it crispy skin and flavour with every bite!
Course: Dinner
Servings: 1 Roast Chicken
Author: Cristina
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 medium-sized lemon OR 3 tbsp ReaLemon or other lemon juice
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 2 tbsp butter/margarine OR 1tbsp oil for dairy-free option
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ tbsp each thyme and rosemary
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • ½ tsp each pepper and sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F
  2. Ensure chicken is thawed all the way through and remove gizzards. Place chicken in roasting pan breast side up. Set aside gizzards for broth, toss them, or roast them in the pan for a doggie treat.
  3. Mix butter (or oil) with garlic powder, thyme, rosemary, oregano, pepper and sea salt.
  4. Liberally rub mixture all over and under the skin of the chicken.
  5. Cut lemon and onion into eighths, and flatten garlic cloves to release juices. Place half of the pieces in the chicken (or as many as you can up to a half), and the other pieces in the roasting pan around the chicken.
  6. Place roasting pan in oven, and cook at 425° for 15 minutes (to crisp up the skin!)
  7. Continue cooking at 375° for as long as is recommended. 20 minutes per pound + 15 minutes extra. There is a handy guide here: http://www.helpwithcooking.com/cooking-poultry/roast-chicken.html.  For example, this chicken was 7.5lbs, so it took 2hrs and 45mins.
  8. Remove from the oven and let sit for about 10 minutes before carving.
  9. Enjoy!!! Serve with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and other delicious veggies