Herb Butter Whole Roasted Chicken Recipe– Another back to basics recipe with this herb butter whole roasted chicken slathered in a herb butter mixture creating a crispy golden skin and juicy meat. Simple to make with only a few ingredients and full of flavor from the butter, thyme, rosemary, and sage. Perfect for dinner any night of the week.
For the longest time, I only stuck to cooking chicken breast but making a whole chicken is just as easy if not easier. I usually get multiple meals from this recipe and use the leftovers in my salad for lunch during the week. Gotta love it when you can cook once and stretch it into several meals.
Tips for Golden Crispy Skin
- Pat dry the whole chicken with a paper towel or clean cloth kitchen towel. Do not miss this step. The goal is to remove the moisture and prevent steam in the oven to get a nice buttery golden crispy skin.
- Slather the herbs and butter mixture on top and underneath the skin. Gently work the butter with your fingers underneath the skin and between the meat.
- Don’t cover the chicken with foil when roasting in the oven.
- The chicken is placed breast side up on top of the veggies in the cast iron skillet or any roasting pan to create space and evenly cooks.
Ingredients for Herb Butter Roasted Chicken
- whole chicken: recipe calls for a 4 pound bird.
- dried herbs (thyme, rosemary, and sage): want to use fresh? The rule of thumb is to swap 1 teaspoon of dried herbs for 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs.
- butter: browning and flavor.
- onion & carrots: for the side dish, potatoes would be another option.
- garlic cloves: for flavor.
- lemon: roasted inside of the chicken.
- salt and pepper: for flavor.
That’s it and I bet you have most of these ingredients on hand.
How to Prep a Whole Chicken
- Remove giblets from the inside of the chicken and any leftover feathers.
- Rinse the inside and outside, and pat dry with paper towels or cloth kitchen towel. Don’t skip this step. This is needed to obtain crispy skin and to prevent moisture in the oven.
- Season the inside and outside of the chicken with salt and pepper.
- Mix the butter with the dried thyme, rosemary, and sage in a bowl. You may have to pop the butter in the microwave to soften, do not melt.
- Make a few cuts with a knife on both sides of the breast, thighs, and drumsticks to loosen the skin.
- Rub the butter mixture over the entire chicken and gently slide the butter mixture under the skin and between the meat.
- Add the chopped carrots, onions, and garlic cloves (leave the garlic skin on to prevent burning) to an iron cast pan or roasting pan.
- Place the chicken breast side up on top of the veggies in the cast iron skillet. No need to season the veggies, as the drippings from the chicken will fall and caramelize them as they cook.
- Stuff the inside of the chicken with the lemon cut in four. I love roasted lemons and squeeze the juice on top of the chicken when serving.
How Long to Roast a Whole Chicken?
- Oven set to 425° F (220° C).
- Roast for 55-60 minutes or until juices run clear and internal temperature reaches 165° F (74° C). Baste the chicken at 25 minutes.
- Remove from oven, baste with the juices and let cool for 15 minutes. Cooling will allow the juices to distribute throughout so the chicken will retain its moisture for tender meat.
FAQs about this recipe
Yes, most recipes call for twine, and in my experience, I opt for string-free and still get the same results.
Reduce the risk of burning. It’s best when you squeeze out the garlicky paste and smear it on your chicken. The roasted garlic is sweet and flavorful.
I cut the lemon in halves and stuff in the cavity. The roasted lemons are so juicy and best when squeezed on your chicken when serving.
Don’t waste and make a bone broth to use for a later date. Here is a simple recipe.