Italian Herb Roast Chicken

Uh huh. I’m back with YET another roast chicken recipe. I have at least 5 roast chicken recipes on here already. I’ll link them below if you’re interested. I like to tell myself that they are all different but who am I kidding? Same method, same idea, just different seasonings and toppings. And I still want to share them with you regardless. Cos I’m generous like that. 😛

So as per the title, this dish requires one Chicken. We would, of course, also need very soft butter, Italian herbs, chilli powder, lemon zest & juice, garlic, onion, salt & pepper.
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I love to spatchcock chicken. More even cooking and, more importantly, less cooking time.
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The important bit of this dish is this buttery rub.
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This part is messy but it had to be done if you want a nice juicy bird with loads of good flavour. I’d recommend removing any rings you have on your hand. Yup.
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After laying the slicked up chicken on top of sliced onions and whole garlic cloves, I decided that this chicken can do with some lemon juice for browning and flavour. No particular logic for this except that I just love lemon. A lot.
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For extra kick, a nice sprinkling of chilli powder delivers.
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After a good amount of roasting, this glorious bake unveils and shines.
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We ate this by pulling off whatever we desired.
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Eating so rustically just seems to do justice to this piece of art.
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All that chicken juice at the bottom? Oh, don’t worry. I didn’t waste anything.
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The juices were saved in a jar and mixed into some spinach pasta for lunch the following day.
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We don’t waste anything over here. 😉
Stay tuned for how I used leftover chicken… soon.

If you love roasted chicken like we do, here’s some past recipes I’ve shared. You know, for you to have a look and maybe try.

Honey Lemon Glazed Chicken
Lemon Honey Glazed Chicken 1

Roasted Chicken with Butternut Squash & Lemons
Butternut Squast & Lemon Chicken 8

Lemon-Thyme Chicken Drumsticks
Lemon-Thyme Chicken Drumsticks 7

Cajun Spice Chicken Thighs

Roasted Lemongrass Chicken
Lemongrass Chicken 11

Tomato Honey Glazed Chicken
Tomato Honey Glazed Chicken 5

Spice Rub Roast Turkey Legs (Brined)
Spice Rub Roast Turkey Legs 13

Orange Spiced Turkey Legs
Orange Rosemary Turkey Legs 5

Middle Eastern Roast Chicken
Middle Eastern Roast Chicken 11

Miso Baked Wings
Miso Baked Wings 10

Sticky Wings
Sticky Wings 13


“And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” (Acts 13:48)

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Italian Herb Roast Chicken
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Western
Serves: 6
  • 1 whole Roasting Chicken, spatchcocked
  • ⅓ cup Butter, soft
  • ½ tbsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tbsp Italian Herbs
  • ¼ tsp ground Black Pepper
  • zest of 1 Lemon
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Onion, peeled & sliced
  • 1 bulb Garlic, broken into cloves but unpeeled
  1. Preheat oven to 220C or 400F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together butter, Italian herbs, chilli powder, salt, lemon zest & pepper.
  3. Lay onion slices & garlic cloves evenly on a roasting pan.
  4. Rub butter mixture all over chicken on both sides & under the skin if possible.
  5. Place chicken on the onion slices, skin side up.
  6. Squeeze lemon juice over the chicken.
  7. Sprinkle extra chilli powder over.
  8. Roast for 1 hour until golden brown.
  9. Serve as is or carved.

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