Looking for a classic, no-fail recipe? Easy lemon herb roast chicken with roasted vegetables is always a winner – and so much easier than people realize!
In every home cook’s arsenal, there must be a few classic no-fail recipes. Those recipes that you fall back on time and time again because you know they won’t disappoint.
Recipes like a fail-safe Sausage and Egg Breakfast Sandwich or my favorite Bacon Corn Chowder recipe. For a quick, yummy dessert when we’re all craving sweets, I go back to my Classic Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies recipe.
And when company is coming, you can’t go wrong with a classic roast chicken recipe.
Easy Lemon Herb Roast Chicken
Now, there are MANY variations of “classic” roast chicken out there. This is my favorite version, which I’ve made throughout the years, with slight modifications.
This Easy Lemon Herb Roast Chicken is packed with flavor because it’s rubbed with a garlic herb butter mixture inside and out.
Then, I stuff some onions, garlic, lemon, and rosemary inside the bird’s cavity so that the amazing aromas and flavors permeate throughout the roasting process.
It’s so good. I love, love, LOVE this chicken recipe. And, I hope you will, too!
A great meal begins with great ingredients.
For me and my family, that means being picky about our meat and vegetables in particular. Oh we indulge in the usual processed snacks and treats here and there, and I employ easy pre-made grocery store shortcuts just as much as the next gal (because SO. BUSY.).
But when it comes to chicken, my Portlandia roots shine. I’ve grown quite fond of free range, vegetarian fed chicken that’s void of antibiotics. Draper Valley Ranger® Free Range Chicken is my fave, friends. Their chickens are raised right here in the Pacific Northwest, in Oregon and Washington. The difference is clear when I cook with this chicken: it always turns out moist, tender, and so full of flavor.
Garlic Herb Butter
I use this garlic herb butter for a lot of things: corn on the cob, roast veggies, on biscuits.
The blend of unsalted butter, fresh rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice just can’t be beat!
Rub the butter inside the chicken skin and outside. Be sure to get the insides of the wings and legs, too.
Warning: this can be a messy process. While you could use a brush, you’re not going to get the same amount of yummy buttery goodness on your chicken as you would using your hands. Hands are your best kitchen tool!
This chicken smells AMAZING roasting in your oven at 425 degrees.
After 30 minutes, use a double set of tongs – one in each hand – to turn over the bird. If you have an extra pair of hands in the kitchen to help, that person can hold the roasting pan steady while you flip the bird.
Baste the chicken (or brush the chicken) with the sauce from the roasting pan.
Return the chicken back into the oven for 30-40 more minutes, this time adding the baking sheet of veggies to the rack underneath the chicken (see below for roasted vegetable instructions).
Once the chicken reaches 155 degrees, it’s done!
Let it rest on your kitchen counter for about 10-15 minutes before carving and serving.
Okay, let’s talk about the veggies.
I love roasted vegetables. They’re SO easy to make and absolutely delicious – as a side dish, or I sometimes enjoy roasted veggies as my lunch!
Simply take about a tablespoon of the same herb butter that you set aside, and rub the butter over your veggies.
Salt and pepper.
Bake in a rack underneath the chicken for the last 40 minutes.
Remove asparagus and carrots after 20 minutes. Return the potatoes to the oven and they should be done about the same time as the chicken.
Boom. Done. SO EASY and TASTY!
You can use other veggies, but just know that you will need to adjust roasting time based on the veggies you choose.
For example, larger baking potatoes will take longer than small red potatoes, and much longer than small carrots. Just watch the veggies carefully and remove from the oven when they are just tender.
Wine Pairing Bliss
I normally pair roasted chicken with a crisp but luscious white wine. This Easy Lemon Herb Roast Chicken goes amazingly well with the 2015 Van Duzer Pinot Blanc ($25) as well as the 2016 Stoller Dundee Hills Chardonnay ($25). Both are bright, lightly sweet wines with playful hints of lemon and pineapple, which helps bring out the herbs and lemon in this roast chicken.
Easy Lemon Herb Roast Chicken Recipe
- 1 Draper Valley Farms Ranger® chicken
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 1 medium yellow onion peeled and chopped into small quarters
- 2 large garlic cloves minced
- 2 large rosemary sprigs finely chopped (be sure to remove the wooden stem before chopping the leaves!)
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
To stuff into the chicken cavity
- 1 small onion cut into quarters or halved (depending on the size of your chicken cavity)
- 2 whole garlic cloves peeled
- 2 rosemary sprigs
- 1/2 lemon cut into slices
- 6 baby carrots peeled and rinsed.
- 8 asparagus spears
- 2-3 cups mixed baby potatoes I used a mix of yellow & red baby potatoes, cut into halves or quarters, depending on the size
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Farenheit
- Remove whole chicken from packaging, remove giblets (if included), rinse under cold water, pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine softened butter, onion, garlic, rosemary, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix together until well blended. Set aside 1 Tablespoon to use for the roasted vegetables.
- With the remaining herb butter mixture, gently rub it inside the skin of the chicken breast, taking care not to tear the skin if possible. Then rub the outside of the entire chicken with the herb butter.
- Stuff the chicken cavity with the onion, garlic, rosemary and lemon.
- Tie the legs together with kitchen twine.
- Place the chicken onto the rack of your roasting pan and place in the oven.
- Roast chicken for 30 minutes at 425 degrees.
- Meanwhile, prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the vegetables on top of the parchment paper. I keep each vegetable together, which makes it easy to remove the asparagus and carrots from the potatoes later.
- Melt the tablespoon of herb butter that you have set aside for about 10-15 seconds in the microwave (or until melted), then pour evenly over the veggies.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper over all of the vegetables.
- After the chicken has been roasting for 30 minutes, add the sheet of veggies to the rack below the chicken. Roast for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, remove the asparagus and carrots, then return the potatoes to the oven. Roast the chicken and the potatoes for another 15-20 minutes, just until a thermometer shows the chicken is done at 155 degrees and the potatoes are softened and fully cooked.
- Remove both from the oven, and allow the chicken to rest at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before carving and serving.
You can easily double this recipe for a dinner party. It makes a delicious and impressive dinner party dish!
Leftover Chicken Recipe Ideas
Inevitably, if you roast two chickens at a time, you’re likely to have some leftovers. Or, even if you cook one, you might have leftovers, depending on how hearty your family’s appetite is.
Here are some of my favorite ways to use leftover roast chicken:
Do you like to make a whole roasted chicken? What’s your favorite way to use chicken leftovers?
Thanks to Draper Valley Farms for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions, recipes, and photos are my own. I truly LOVE and use Draper Valley Farms chicken for my every day cooking at home and think you will love it too!