Whether you are making Sunday dinner or celebrating the holidays, roast chicken is one of the best ways to go. Savory deliciousness at it’s best, and the house will smell absolutely heavenly while that bird is roasting. This is The Organic Kitchen’s Citrus and Herb Roast Chicken ~ For Any Day or The Holidays!
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The Herbed Butter (or ghee):
To make this citrus herbed butter I simply mix butter (or ghee) from grass fed cows with orange zest, lemon zest, thyme, rosemary, sea salt and pepper.
Then I gently separate the skin from the breast meat and place half the herbed butter under the skin. I melt the remaining butter and brush it on the skin for a tender, moist, flavorful roast chicken.
Those Onions Though…
This beautiful bird is surrounded by sweet red onions that caramelize while cooking, and when spooned over that crispy roasted chicken this meal is over the top!
Serve with Cranberry Sauce for The Holidays!
To dress this chicken up for the holidays, serve with my Five Minute Cranberry Sauce.
If You Are Nervous About Roasting a Chicken…
Don’t be, It’s actually easy and I answer many questions you may have in my tutorial “Everything you Want to Know About Roasting a Chicken”.
The Recipe: Citrus and Herb Roast Chicken ~ Any Day or Holidays!
Tips and what you need: a roasting pan, sea salt (I buy the huge tub to save money), and a good knife. Now, after creating a roasted chicken masterpiece you don’t want to rip it to shreds. Watch this video tutorial to learn to carve a chicken the proper way.
A delicious, tender, savory roast chicken that is perfect for any day and the holidays!
- 1 4 1/2-5 pound organic roasting chicken
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (or ghee) room temperature
- 6 sprigs fresh thyme, 4 left whole, three stripped of leaves and chopped
- 4 sprigs rosemary, 3 left whole, 1 stripped of leaves and finely chopped
- 1 lemon, zested then quartered
- zest of half an orange
- 1 teaspoon coarse or flaked sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 red onion, peeled, cut in half, then quarter each half
Remove chicken from refrigerator, rinse inside and out with warm water, pat dry with paper towels. For best results allow to come to room temperature on counter (about an hour)
While chicken comes to room temp prepare herbed butter:
Zest 1/2 an orange and 1 lemon, place zest in small bowl. Quarter the lemon and set aside. Use a fork to mash soft butter with chopped herbs, lemon zest, orange zest, sea salt and pepper. .
Preheat oven to 425 degrees, Place oven rack in lower third of oven
Place 3 thyme sprigs, 3 rosemary sprigs, and lemon slices into cavity of the chicken. Gently use fingers to separate skin from the meat of the chicken breast being careful not to rip skin. Use your fingers to place half the herb butter mixture under the skin. To get the herbed butter all the way to the top of the breast you can rub the outside of the skin in an upward motion pushing the butter toward the neck
If you have a small wire rack for the bottom of your roasting pan, place it in the pan and set the chicken on top of rack, breast side up. If you don't have a rack, that's fine, just set the chicken in the roasting pan, breast side up (I didn't use a rack and mine was delish, so no worries)
Melt the remaining herbed butter and brush onto chicken, front, back, legs and wings. Tuck wings behind the back of the chicken and try legs together with trussing string. Add onions to pan around the chicken
Place roasting pan into oven and cook for 1 hour turning the pan a half rotation halfway through cooking time (30 minutes:). After chicken has cooked for one hour start basting chicken every few minutes for another 15 minutes (Please note: ovens are very different, cooking time may vary. Thigh juices should run clear and internal temperature should read 165 degrees. If you want to take the guess work out of it, use a meat thermometer)
Remove from oven, cover with foil and allow to "rest" for ten minutes before carving. Spoon onions and juices over chicken, serve.
MAY I PLEASE ASK A FAVOR?
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Post tags: gluten free, wedding, holiday, dessert
This recipe is spot on and looks stunning for every occasion. That herbed butter tho!
I could eat that butter alone:)
That herbed butter though!!! Yum! These simple but amazing dinners are so priceless to have around this time of year! thanks!
Thanks Renee! Merry Christmas!
You know I’m a huge fan of all of your fabulous roasted chickens. This one does not disappoint! It’s so perfect for the holidays and year-round.
Thanks Emily. This one practically melts in your mouth!
I love roast chicken! The butter under the skin in your recipe infuses beautiful flavour.
That herbed butter is everything! Chicken turned out amazing and I’m considering using that butter to spread on bread and toasting it 🙂
Wow, the herbed butter and the finished chicken! Such big eyes for this perfection! 🙂
This is pretty much how I cook my chicken too. So simply and delicious!
OH my gosh – that herbed butter looks AHmazing. So good, and so doable!
I love all of these flavors and this chicken looks beautiful. It’s just our little family for Christmas this year and this will be perfect!
I can smell it through the laptop screen! Really looking forward to making this one. Thanks for sharing.
Your chicken looks absolutely delicious!! Definitely saving this for the next family dinner we host!
Oh my goodness that chicken looks like it is cooked to perfection! All of your chicken dinners always look amazing, this looks great for any occasion 🙂
Perfect way just at the right time. I have a chicken out in the kitchen and had no idea what to do. Thanks for this.
That chicken is gorgeous! And that butter sounds uuuumazing.
I’ve actually never tried using citrus when roasting a whole chicken but I seriously need to! This looks so flavorful and perfect for the holidays.
I am surprised! You need to try it:)
The photos are so gorgeous and I love the flavor combination as well. So healthy delicious!
Thanks, I try hard with the photos!
This looks so good! Definitely a company-worthy dish in my house.
This citrus herb roast chicken is perfect for my next Sunday roasted meal… and those onions. I can not wait to try them!
The onions are soooo good!
What a great alternative to turkey for the thanksgiving table! That butter though…yum.
Confession. I’ve not roasted a chicken in many years.. This recipe has inspired me — going to make it and I just know that my entire family will be happy campers!
Of course.. you got me with that herb butter.. (no surprise there!) Looks SO festive too. Thanks Linda.
Lol of course I got you with the herbs! Thanks Carol and happy thanksgiving!
I’m drooling over the crispy skin! This recipe looks amazing. Truely perfect for the holidays… or anyday! It’s just my style 🙂
Love this chicken recipe! The bright citrus and savory herbs pair so well!
Beautiful! The citrus and herb overtones are just magical on chicken!
I love all the citrus and zest in the chicken. It makes it so juicy and tasty!
This recipe is perfect. I love how simple you explain the process of each step! Making this soon for the fam!
You’re right, roast chicken is so simple and this version looks amazing! And those onions cooking in the chicken juices – I’m drooling! I’m going to put that citrus butter on alllllllll the things.