Herb Roasted Chicken
Published Sep 02, 2020
Updated Oct 25, 2023
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How to make the best easy Herb Roasted Chicken! There’s nothing like roast chicken that is so flavorful! This easy dinner recipe for the whole family only requires 10 minutes of prep time!
This roasted chicken recipe is easy enough for weeknights and elegant enough for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter or special occasions! It is quite the centrepiece!
Table of Contents
- Tasty Herb Roasted Chicken
- Ingredients For Easy Roast Chicken
- Can I Use Fresh Herbs?
- How To Make Herb Roasted Chicken
- How Long Should I Roast A Whole Chicken?
- Herbs For Roasting Chicken
- Do You Roast Chicken Covered Or Uncovered?
- Other Ways To Use Herb Roasted Chicken Recipe
- Herb Roasted Chicken Recipe
Tasty Herb Roasted Chicken
I love flavorful food and this herb-roasted chicken is loaded with flavor! This is not your average rotisserie chicken as this herb roasted chicken is truly tasty and enjoyable!
The chicken is garlicky, herby with crispy skin and a juicy inside. Using dried spices makes for a quick prep without sacrificing flavor!
This is the kind of meal I want to make after a long day of parenting, homeschooling, blogging, and all the other cares of life. With only 10 minutes of prep time, you can stick this chicken in the oven and focus on other things.
Ingredients For Easy Roast Chicken
Here are the ingredients you need for Herb Roasted Chicken. Using dried spices and herbs makes this recipe so easy that even my 9-year-old can follow it! However, I have also included instructions for using fresh herbs if that’s what you want to use.
Get the following ingredients to make herb-roasted chicken:
- Whole Chicken: You need a 5-pound whole chicken for this recipe. I love using organic chicken but any chicken you can lay hands on would work.
- Garlic Powder: An important spice in every kitchen.
- Onion Powder: Adds lots of flavor.
- Dried Basil
- Dried Parsley
- Dried Thyme
- Chicken Bouillon Powder: This powdered seasoning is a concentrated form of chicken broth and adds so much flavor to the roast chicken.
- Salt and Pepper
- Butter: Butter helps the skin of the chicken crisp up and adds flavor.
See the recipe card below with a detailed list of ingredients and instructions.
Can I Use Fresh Herbs?
Yes, you can definitely use fresh herbs for herb-roasted chicken. Use one and a half the quantity of fresh herbs instead of the dried herbs the recipe calls for.
For example to convert 1 teaspoon of dried thyme to fresh, use 1 1/2 teaspoons of fresh thyme leaves plucked from the stem. Or to convert 2 teaspoons of dried parsley to fresh, use 3 teaspoons of freshly minced parsley.
Other herbs you can include in this herb-roasted chicken recipe are:
Try the following variations with Herb Roasted Chicken:
- Herb Roasted Chicken and Potatoes: Add potatoes to the roasting pan so they cook along with the chicken and you have a complete meal.
- Roast Chicken and Vegetables: Roast the chicken together with vegetables like broccoli, carrots, and bell peppers to make roast chicken with vegetables.
- Mayonnaise Roasted Chicken. Mix the herbs with mayonnaise and rub all over the chicken to add another layer of flavor and make mayonnaise-roasted chicken. With this method, keep an eye on it as the chicken may brown too quickly due to the mayo. Loosely cover the chicken with aluminum foil if it starts to brown too quickly. Also, see my mayonnaise chicken recipe.
How To Make Herb Roasted Chicken
1. Pat chicken dry. Start by patting the chicken dry using paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. The drier the chicken skin, the crispier it will get when roasted.
2. Season chicken. Mix together all the seasonings then rub them all over the chicken. Transfer the chicken to a baking dish then drizzle melted butter all over the chicken.
3. Roast chicken in the oven. Place the chicken in the oven and let it roast for one hour and 15 minutes golden brown and cooked through. The chicken is cooked through when the thickest part of the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Hint: Tent the chicken with aluminum foil if it starts to brown too quickly before it is done.
How Long Should I Roast A Whole Chicken?
Roast a 5-pound chicken at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (or 200 degrees Celsius) for about 1 hour 15 minutes until all the juices run clear.
As a general rule, roast whole thawed chicken at 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 200 degrees Celsius at about 15 minutes per pound.
To ensure your chicken is properly cooked, insert an instant-read meat thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken. The chicken is done when the thermometer reads at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Herbs For Roasting Chicken
There are lots of herbs that go well with chicken. They include:
- Cilantro or coriander
Do You Roast Chicken Covered Or Uncovered?
You roast chicken uncovered so the skin crisps up. However, if the skin browns too quickly, loosely cover the chicken with foil during the last minutes of cooking so it doesn’t burn.
Another method is to start off by roasting the chicken covered then remove the covering during the last 15-20 minutes so the skin crisps up.
What To Serve With Herb Roasted Chicken
- Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes: Tasty mashed potatoes and herb-roasted chicken make a great holiday dinner or entertaining dinner.
- Sauteed Peppers: Add some texture and crunch with easy sauteed bell peppers.
- Roasted Potatoes: Roast some potatoes to go along with the chicken. You could even season the potatoes and roast them in the same pan as the chicken.
- Lettuce Salad: Serve the chicken with a light and refreshing lettuce salad.
- Coconut Rice: Nothing beats the combination of chicken and rice and this easy coconut rice just pairs so well with chicken.
- Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad: A light and refreshing cucumber salad for crunch and a pack of nutrients.
- Easy Dinner Rolls: Enjoy roast chicken with these soft and fluffy one hour dinner rolls.
Other Ways To Use Herb Roasted Chicken Recipe
- Use the chicken to make wraps with tortillas, vegetables, and cheese. We love making easy wraps!
- Shed the chicken and use it to make chicken tacos.
- Add the chicken meat to a salad like chicken avocado salad.
- Use the chicken to make quick chicken noodle soup.
More Easy Chicken Dinners
If you enjoy herb roasted chicken, also check out these easy chicken dinners!
- Marry Me Chicken
- Chicken in White Sauce
- Chicken Stir Fry
- Baked Chicken Legs
- Roast Chicken
- Chicken Drumsticks in Creamy Sauce
- One Pan Chicken and Potatoes and Veggies
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Herb Roasted Chicken
- 5 pound chicken (2.5 kg)
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon powder *Note 1
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- Oil for greasing pan
- Preheat oven to 400° F (200° C).
- Pat chicken dry using paper towels.
- In a bowl mix together the garlic powder, onion powder, dried basil, dried parsley, dried thyme with salt and chicken bouillon powder.
- Rub the seasonings all over the chicken. Loosen the skin above the chicken breasts a little then rub some seasoning under the skin.
- Tie the chicken legs using kitchen twine.
- Line a 9 by 13 baking dish with aluminium foil for easy clean up. Generously rub oil on the foil. (Alternately rub oil on the pan to use directly without any foil.)
- Transfer chicken to the pan then tuck the chicken wings underneath the chicken (this helps with even cooking).
- Drizzle the melted butter all over the chicken. Or use a basting brush to brush the melted butter on the chicken.
- Place in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through. Rotate the pan halfway through cooking for even browning. Loosely cover the chicken with foil after about 45 minutes if it is browning too quickly. The chicken is cooked through when the thickest part of the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit when checked with an instant-read meat thermometer.
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