Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken

Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken

Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken Ingredients (4 Servings)

  • 1 4-pound whole chicken, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. rosemary, minced
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme, minced
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest, finely grated
  • 1 large onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 lemon, cut crosswise into 8 rounds
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • Sea Salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 425F and position a rack in the lower third of the oven.
  • In a large bowl, mix the butter with the minced garlic, thyme, rosemary, and the lemon zest.
  • Pat the chicken dry with clean paper towels.
  • Rub half of the herb and butter mixture under the skin and the rest of the mixture over the skin.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Set the chicken breast-side-up in a roasting pan.
  • Scatter the onion wedges, lemon slices, garlic cloves, rosemary and thyme sprigs, and 1/2 cup of water in the roasting pan.
  • Roast the chicken until the breast is firm and just beginning to brown in spots; about 30 minutes.
  • Using tongs, turn the chicken breast-side down and continue roasting until the skin is lightly browned; about 20 more minutes.
  • Using tongs, turn the chicken breast-side-up again.
  • Add another 1/2 cup of water to the roasting pan.
  • Continue roasting the chicken until a thermometer registers 180F; about another 20 minutes.
  • Tilt the chicken to drain the cavity juices into the roasting pan.
  • Transfer the chicken to a cutting board.
  • Spoon the fat out of the roasting pan and transfer the juices to a medium-sized pot.
  • Over high heat, cook the juices adding the chicken broth, and pressing the lemon slices to release their juices.
  • Continue cooking the sauce while scraping up any browned bits until it begins to thicken; about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the lemon herb sauce from the heat.
  • Carve the chicken and top it with the lemon herb sauce, as desired.

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