Lemon and Herb Roasted Chicken

Whole Roasted Chicken With Herbs
Roasted Chicken With Herbs. Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 95 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 80 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings
Ratings (18)

It doesn't get much easier than a roast chicken for dinner, and this recipe is an excellent choice. The chicken is roasted to perfection with a lemony herb and butter rub.

What You'll Need

  • 1 roasting chicken, about 4 to 5 pounds
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 small onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 rib celery, cut into large chunks
  • Few sprigs fresh parsley
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C/Gas 4).
  2. Rub inside of chicken with lemon juice; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the onion quarters, celery, and a few sprigs of parsley to chicken cavity.
  4. Combine the melted butter with the chopped parsley, rosemary, and thyme.
  5. Brush some of the butter mixture over the chicken.
  6. Place chicken in a shallow roasting pan and roast at 350 F for about 20 minutes per pound.
  7. Baste with melted butter and herb mixture several times.

    Internal temperature should register at least 165 F on a meat thermometer inserted into the meaty part of the thigh.

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    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 1448
    Total Fat 87 g
    Saturated Fat 28 g
    Unsaturated Fat 33 g
    Cholesterol 505 mg
    Sodium 544 mg
    Carbohydrates 6 g
    Dietary Fiber 2 g
    Protein 150 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)