Simple Recipes | Delicious Herb Roasted Chicken

What a busy week so far!

We started work on building a BBQ area in our garden on Saturday – we still have a long way to go but have an idea of how we want it to look and I am SO excited to get it all done! It’s still not quite BBQ season so we’re still enjoying roasts of a weekend.

To me, a roast chicken is like a staple recipe you should definitely be able to do – from this you are prepared for anything! And while it is lovely to pop a plain chicken in the oven until the skin is crisp, I also like adding lots of flavour to it too.

This recipe for our herb roast chicken has been tried and tested on many a house guest and there is never any left afterwards as it gets demolished. It’s great for a traditional roast with potatoes and Yorkshires, or equally good in summer with a salad.

You will need:

  • A whole chicken
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, depending on your taste
  • A few sprigs of fresh Oregano and Thyme (or dried)
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

How to…

  • Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
  • Slice your garlic cloves in half, insert a sharp knife under the skin of the chicken on the breast, and push the garlic cloves into the chicken.
  • Finely dice oregano and thyme and mix in a bowl with a ground up chicken stock cube and olive oil. If you don’t have fresh herbs, you can used dried.

  • Spread the mixture across the top of your chicken, coating the skin.
  • Cover with foil and cook in the middle of the oven for about 1.5hours.
  • If you’re making roast potatoes, get them into your oven when you have 45 minutes left.
  • Remove the foil, baste with the juices and place back in the oven until the skin is golden and crisp, and the juices run clear from the chicken.
  • Cover your chicken again with foil and top with some teatowels to keep it hot while it rests for 10 minutes. This is a great time to finish anything else you’ve prepared to serve with the chicken.

Enjoy eating it! You can also toss in mixed vegetables like peppers, carrots and onions for a really flavourful meal!

Do you have an easy recipe that always goes down a storm? I’d love to hear from you! Comment below or e-mail me at contact.homemadeincheshire@gmail.com!

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