Garlic Herb Roasted Chicken

This Garlic Herb Roasted Chicken is sure to be a hit with your family. The flavor combination of garlic, herbs such as rosemary and thyme, and a hint of lemon make this dish simply irresistible!

whole roasted chicken topped with fresh parsley in a glass baking dish

Preparing the chicken is easy too and while the time may seem long the oven does most of the heavy lifting so you don’t have to worry about spending a ton of time in the kitchen.

whole chicken on a white platter with a slice craved out of it.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s a simple yet flavorful dish that everyone will love
  • The ingredients are affordable and accessible
  • The combination of garlic, herbs, and lemon gives it a unique flavor
  • Preparing the chicken is easy and doesn’t take much time
  • You can use leftovers to make a variety of other dishes such as sandwiches, tacos, or wraps.

If you want to roast chicken breasts instead check out this Herb Roasted Chicken Breast recipe.

🛒Ingredients

whole chicken, melted butter, oil, lemon sliced in half, minced garlic, and seasonings on a white background

You only need simple ingredients to help you make this tender chicken recipe. Gather these ingredients on your next trip to the grocery store and get ready to enjoy this juicy chicken with your family.

  • Whole chicken
  • Lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Butter
  • Fresh thyme
  • Head of garlic
  • Minced garlic
  • Ground sage
  • Poultry seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

See the recipe card below for quantities.

🔪 How to Make This Garlic Herb Roasted Chicken

Making this roasted chicken is so simple. While it does take a little bit of time the oven does most of the work. Follow the steps below or in the recipe card at the bottom of this post and you will have a delicious protein to serve your family in no time at all.

Step 1: Preheat the oven and prepare the chicken

Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Meanwhile, remove the packet of innards from the inside cavity of the chicken, and pat it dry. 

Step 2: Coat the chicken in butter and oil

Drizzle the butter and olive oil over the chicken.  And, then squeeze the juice from half a lemon over the chicken. 

whole chicken rubbed with butter and oil and seasoned with pepper in a glass baking dish

Step 3: Season the chicken

Season the chicken with the sage, poultry seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste. 

seasonings rubbed on a raw whole chicken in a glass baking dish

Step 4: Tie the legs together and stuff the chicken

Tie the legs of the chicken together with butcher’s twine.  And, then place the other half of the lemon, the head of garlic, and the fresh herbs into the cavity of the chicken. 

Step 5: Roast the chicken

Place the chicken breast side up into a casserole or roasting dish. Roast the chicken for 1 hour and 30 minutes. 

roasted chicken topped with fresh parsley in a glass baking dish

Step 6: Garnish before carving

Garnish with fresh parsley before serving if desired.

📝Variations

Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Herbs: Change up the flavors by using different herbs such as oregano, basil, or tarragon.
  • Stuffing: Stuff the chicken with other vegetables like potatoes, onions, and carrots.
  • Spicy: Add some heat to the recipe with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper or red chili flakes.

🥄 Equipment

For this easy roasted chicken, you will need the following equipment:

  • roasting pan
  • butchers twine
  • carving knife
  • instant read meat thermometer

🥫 Storage

Storage: Leftover chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

Freezing: The cooked chicken can also be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. To freeze, place cooled chicken in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before enjoying.

roasted chicken topped with fresh parsley in a glass baking dish

💭 Tips

Here are a few tips that you can use to ensure that this chicken recipe turns out perfectly for you.

  • Make sure that you dry the chicken well. Starting with a dry skin will help you get a crispy skin on the outside.
  • If you are short on time, you can butterfly the chicken. This will cut down on cooking time.
  • Check the internal temperature of the chicken with an instant read thermometer. It should reach 165F before serving.
  • Always roast the chicken breast side up.
  • Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving. This helps keep the juices in.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What type of chicken should I use?

For this recipe, you’ll want to use a whole chicken that is 4-5 pounds.

Do I have to tie the legs together?

Yes, this helps the chicken cook evenly.

What is the best temperature to cook this roasted chicken?

The internal temperature of the cooked chicken should reach 165F before serving.

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Garlic Herb Roasted Chicken

This Garlic Herb Roasted Chicken is so easy to make. It turns out juicy, tender, and flavorful every time that you make it.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 291kcal

Equipment

  • roasting pan
  • butchers twine
  • carving knife

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds Whole chicken
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 3 Sprigs fresh rosemary
  • ¼ cup Butter melted
  • 3 Sprigs Fresh thyme
  • 1 Head of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon Ground sage
  • ½ teaspoon Poultry seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Remove the packet of innards from the inside cavity of the chicken, and pat it dry.
  • Drizzle the butter and olive oil over the chicken.
  • Squeeze the juice from half a lemon over the chicken.
  • Season the chicken with the sage, poultry seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Tie the legs of the chicken together with butcher’s twine.
  • Place the other half of the lemon, the head of garlic and the fresh herbs into the cavity of the chicken.
  • Place the chicken breast side up into a casserole or roasting dish.
  • Roast the chicken for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley before serving if desired.

Notes

Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

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