Anything delicious is worth the wait!

I just can’t ignore the beauty of my first ever Lemon & Herb Roasted Chicken. Please expect more than two photos. It’s not much, right? Also, I kindly request you to please click the photo for a yummier view. :D

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When I want to eat a roasted chicken, I always go out and buy one. I did not have any idea that roasting a chicken could be that easy and much cheaper. When I started baking, I always wanted to try an oven-roasted chicken but due to the long list I have, I always end up baking cupcakes, muffins, etc…

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There was a time that I was craving for a roasted chicken. So I went out and bought one. After eating a lot, I found my head painful. Why? This is what I get from eating a store-bought roasted chicken – not all the time, but most of the time. After that, I did not buy again. And I have not eaten roasted chicken in months. I tried looking for a roasted chicken recipe and I was surprised how easy it is to make one. So I told myself I will make one… someday! Thankfully, that ‘someday’ did not take too long – it happened in less than a month.

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This is the easiest recipe I have ever found. I loved how the chicken tasted so simple, yet, so delicious!

Lemon & Herb Roasted Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole Chicken (I used 1.2 kg whole chicken)
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter or Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly chopped Italian Parsley (or 1 tbsp dried parsley)
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon, separated and set aside
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges
  • Sea Salt or Kosher Salt, to taste
  • fresh cracked Black Pepper, to taste

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425°F.

  1. Rinse and pat dry chicken. For the crispiest skin- see step 2. For quickest preparation- proceed to step 3.
  2. Sprinkle salt over all surfaces of chicken. Set on a plate, place in fridge and allow to air dry for at least 2 hours and up to overnight. Remove from fridge and pat dry water that had come to skin surface.
  3. Combine butter, chopped herbs, and lemon zest in a small saucepan. Melt butter over medium heat until completely melted. Set aside.
  4. Place the chicken in a baking dish. Season chicken generously with salt and pepper. Pour the juice from 1 lemon inside the chicken.
  5. Truss the chicken if desired (or just tie the legs like what I did). Spread butter mixture evenly over the chicken (the butter will harden as it contacts the cold chicken. Best to work quickly.
  6. Squeeze the lemon wedges over the chicken and just place the squeezed lemon pieces in the baking dish.
  7. Roast for 1 hour 15 minutes or until juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh or the temperature in the thickest part of the thigh reads 165°F when probed with an instant read thermometer.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to rest for about 20 minutes. Carve and serve as desired.

The combination of the lemon juice and the juices from the chicken were absolutely awesome! If I could put them in a glass and drink them, I will. But of course, I will not do that. :D I just can’t believe that with just very simple and few ingredients, you could make a delicious roasted chicken. See that juice? 

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Notes:

  • I am not sure about the weight of the chicken in the original recipe but I used 1.2 kg because that’s what I have.
  • When doing step 2, it is best to get the chicken out from the fridge and let the chicken rest for at least 30 minutes before proceeding to the next step. Or even if not doing step 2, still you have to let the chicken rest outside the fridge before putting it inside the oven.

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Oops! Wait a minute. How silly of me not to show you the breast part. Chicken breast is not a favorite of mine, if you can remember. But, this one is so great that I can eat the breast part ONLY! Huh? Really? Nope! Just kidding. I love thigh and legs… but this part in this roasted chicken is perfect – not tough like some of the store-bought ones – it’s soft and still juicy! But nothing is juicer that the thigh! Okay, I get it! 

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I was supposed to eat this with roasted potatoes but since potatoes are carbs and rice is also a carb… Of course, I chose rice over potatoes.

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Hihihi! Can you see the skin? Yes! I love the skin so much. But, you know what? I did not eat rice again after this… even after the next few days. I really know now how to discipline myself. :D And I did not ask for another cup of rice. Yehey!

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I was so happy with this chicken that I almost forgot to mention that I got this recipe from this site. Thank you so much! If you check out the link, you’ll notice that I changed some… Well, that is according to what I exactly did.

Hope you try this and let me know.

30 thoughts on “Anything delicious is worth the wait!

    1. Thank you so much! Sometimes, you would not believe that simple and few ingredients could make one delicious meal. :) Thank you for stopping by. Have a nice week ahead. :)

  1. Happy New year france!Your chicken looks so tempting and delicious! I love your new site too, you’ve gone so far in blogging ,congratulations!!keep it up,I am so proud of you :)

    1. Have a lovely 2014, France! Thank you so much for being proud of me. :D And thank to you, too – you are one of the few people who encouraged me to start blogging. Hope everything is fine with you. ;)

  2. Wow! This chicken looks delicious and easy enough for me to make. Thanks for posting the recipe. And congrats on not asking for more rice (I probably would have taken seconds)!

    1. I was surprised by how easy it was to make this chicken. I might roast/bake more often. :D The not asking of more rice was kinda difficult but I have to – I just enjoyed my veggies. Thanks a lot for stopping by. Have a wonderful new year!

  3. Darling Jhuls, I roast/bake chicken three times a week. I’ve tried almost every how you can imagine. I must say, your lemon & herb roasted chicken doesn’t look good, it looks, MAGNIFICENT!!! Bravo! I looks so juicy and flavorful! (btw, I haven’t started my diet yet. Is yours going the way you hoped?) I wish you and yours the happiest of New Year 2014! :D

    1. I missed you, Fae! Where have you been? or should I ask myself that question instead? :D

      Thank you for the lovely comment. (hugs!) Well, I think I should try roasting/baking chicken more often. I was amazed by how easy it is to make one.

      As for my diet, I was expecting to lose 3kg for the month of December but as of this time (I just checked) I just lost 2kg. Though I still have two days to lose 1kg, I don’t think I can make it. Uhm, I guess I’ll have to extend my diet until end of February (whew!). Thank you for asking, Fae! When you start your diet, I would love to know how are you doing. :D

      Wishing you a grand 2014! xx

  4. Looks wonderful! I love to roast chicken. I remember after I discovered how easy it is to roast a chicken I kept making one over and over. It is so impressive to serve when guests are over. I love putting potatoes around the edge of the baking dish too. So delicious after roasting in the pan drippings, especially with the lemon! :) Your’s look perfectly roasted!

    1. Yeah! I thought it was difficult to make one. Last night, I was just thinking of making another roasted chicken with potatoes. I bet yours was perfect, too! ;) Thanks a lot for stopping by. Wishing you a fabulous weekend!

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