Herb de Provence Roast Chicken

I’m more than a little irked. Annoyed.

Yesterday, a neighbour’s house was broken into. Well, it was a sort of attempted break in. And hearing that makes my blood boil. Thankfully, it happened when no one was home as her husband is outstation or she would have been home alone. And nothing was taken, maybe because as the jerk was working on breaking off the window grills, something caused him to run off. I’m so irritated at the fact that we can’t even feel safe in our own private dwelling place anymore. This is the 5th break-in, attempted or otherwise, in 2 years. Not counting the numerous little petty thefts like missing shoes, shower heads & metal sinks, toddler’s tricycle (?!) etc. Isn’t that ridiculous? The one consolation is that so far no one has gotten hurt in anyway. But the trauma! Poor neighbour walking into her house at night with her mom and finding the kitchen grills all broken up. The fear! Argh… I woke up this morning with all this in my mind and needed somewhere to pour my frustrations out.

Sorry if you came for roast chicken and received a dose of venting. It just had to come out of my system. People, especially in Malaysia, make sure your houses are grilled up with a working alarm system that connects to your phone or a security company. Don’t try to save on that. It’s worth the extra expense. Every house broken into thus far are without proper working alarm systems or grills installed. Have motion sensitive spotlights installed at the front and back. Get to know your neighbours and keep in touch. Don’t give those evil, horrible robbers/thieves a chance. Just… take care.

To transition from that, I’d have to say that one thing that can help take my mind off nonsensical things like that is cooking. Cooking helps me to refocus my mental energy, especially when it comes to something easy yet comforting like roast chicken!
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It’s my first time trying out the famed herbes de provence that, very interestingly, contains lavender! Most people associate lavender with fragrances and soaps but in France, it’s used in cooking! 
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As I was rubbing the herb mix with plenty of salt all over the butterflied chicken, the floral fragrance permeated the entire kitchen. It’s very calming.
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I don’t know what happens to lavender when it cooks but the very familiar floral fragrance changes into a deeper woodier scent.
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I can only describe it as a sort of woody fragrance that really works with chicken! As though you baked the chicken over some wood chips or something. I really dig that!
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And if the breast meat is THAT juicy, you know the rest of the chicken is going to be fabulous. Trick is, use plenty of salt to keep the moisture in!
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So if you want something that’s a little different but yet familiar, try roasting chicken with herb mixes that you’d never tried!

Stay safe, people.


“I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for Thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.” {Psalm 4:8}

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Herb de Provence Roast Chicken
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: French
Serves: 8
  • 1 kg Chicken, cleaned & butterflied
  • 2 Red Onions, peeled
  • 1 tbsp Herbes De Provence
  • 1 tbsp Salt (I use Himalayan Pink)
  • ½ tsp freshly ground Black Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 200C or 400F.
  2. Slice peeled onions into ½ inch discs & arrange at the base of a 9 x 13 in baking dish.
  3. In a small bowl, mix herbs, salt & pepper together.
  4. Evenly scatter half of the herb mix over the bone side of the chicken. Flip chicken over & place on top of onion discs. The propping up by the onions helps the chicken to cook more evenly at the bottom.
  5. Sprinkle the rest of the herb mixture on the skin side and rub so it's evenly coated.
  6. Roast for 45 mins to 1 hour or until juices run clear when pricked at the thickest part of the thigh.
  7. Let it rest out of the oven for 10 minutes before carving.


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