Easter Sunday Herb and Garlic Roasted Chicken

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In recent times, Easter has become synonymous with stuffing yourself with chocolate eggs. Remind your brood of the REAL taste of Easter with this succulent herb and garlic roasted chicken.

Preparation time: 1/2 hour
Cooking time: 3 hours
Total time: 3 1/2 hours
Servings: 8

Your ingredients:

4 teaspoons of fresh thyme

4 teaspoons of fresh rosemary

4 teaspoons of fresh parsley

2 teaspoons of fresh sage

6 cloves of garlic

2 teaspoons of salt

1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground pepper

1 whole chicken (8 pounds)

Celery, carrots, shallots and apple slices (enough to make a layer in roasting pan)



How to make your Herb and Garlic Roasted Chicken:


1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Snip the thyme, rosemary, parsley, and sage into a bowl with a pair of kitchen shears (you can use a knife and cutting board, but it's much easier to simply snip herbs directly into a bowl.


2. Finely mince the garlic.
3. Combine the chopped herbs and garlic in a small bowl and add the salt and pepper.
4. Remove the giblets from the chicken if they are still intact. Now rinse the chicken and pat dry.
5. Gently loosen and lift the skin from the drumsticks and breast, but do not remove the skin completely. Rub the herb mixture underneath the skin. Carefully replace the skin.
6. Grease a shallow roasting pan.
7. Using a cutting board and knife, chop the celery and carrots into large pieces and slice the apples. Create a layer of celery, carrot, whole shallots and apple in the roasting pan, and place the chicken on top, breast side up. This step really enhances the flavor of the chicken (instead of just using a wire rack).


8. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes in your preheated oven at 450°F. Then, reduce heat to 350°F and bake for about 2 1/2 hours. If necessary, cover the roast loosely with aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning.

Always use a food timer for accurate timing. Roasts can easily become dry, even when you overcook for just 5 minutes!
9. Insert a cooking thermometer into one of the thighs and make sure it registers to 180°F.


10. Let the covered roast sit for 10 minutes before slicing to allow the juices to redistribute. Happy Easter!

Comments

Tara Jonshon#1

It is so cool! But, if you mix some other spice then it looks more cool to see and can be taste :). If you also fried more, then it looks very good. Thank you.

Peppermint7#2

Classic recipe! I’ve never tried it with the apples, but they are a nice touch that adds just the right amount of sweetness. Don’t forget to pat dry or you won’t get a crispy skin.

Samra#3

This looks delicious! As someone who works a lot is there anyway to modify the cooking time so it can be done in a slow cooker, or is that not possible?

Zahirul Islam#4

This meal was absolutely delicious, and will become a regular meal! I thought that the rosemary would be overpowering, but it blended perfectly with the garlic and it wasn’t at all overwhelming. My kids devoured it! There were no left overs with this dish.
Also makes for an easy clean up!

Amelia Riley#5

Thanks so much for sharing this! I have been trying to find a recipe like this for awhile that doesn’t look too complicated but still looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it out!

Allen Phillips#6

This recipe makes my mouth water! My grandma use to make something like this for Easter and Christmas. If you wanna try something different try using pears in place of the Apples! It turns out absolutely delicious.

Elizabeth Ferguson#7

Interesting touch with the apples. I served this with homemade mashed potatoes on Sunday for a delicious meal, and added the giblets into the gravy. Delicious!

Seagull1#8

Absolutely stunning! I tried this recipe for myself, and the chicken was unbelievably tender and moist. Surely, this is a nice contrast to the chocolate egg sweetness that I’m sure all of us are sick of by now!

AshleyH#9

This was a very nicely done step by step recipe. The apple slices were an unusual twist that makes this dish sound very good! The pictures were also a nice touch.

AshleyH#10

This was a very nicely done step by step recipe. The apple slices were an unusual twist that makes this dish sound very good! The pictures were also a nice touch.

Rexryan29#11

Nice recipe! I’m intrigued by the reduction in temperature from 450 degrees to 350 degrees, what could be the reasoning behind this, and is it possible to complete the recipe without doing so?

Gayle Kroeker#12

i need to practice makig meat meals!!! I JUST DONT HAVE THE KITCHEN SESSION TIME TO MYSELF DAILY!!! I GUESS ITS JUST HOW YOU DO IT AT LEAST RIGHT!!!

Sarah Hill#13

Wish I would have seen this one before easter! I think I am still going to try it, looks amazing and the family will love it.

tahira#14

There is no way that it looks so delicious.This is a must try recipe that chicken really speaking to me that try now.I think I will serve it with some salads and spicy sauce.

Alex#15

Nice recipe, garlic with chicken is a very interesting combination, I like to use parsley personally

Lisa G#16

My two favorite things in one? Herb and garlic spices plus chicken is a match made in heaven. This recipe looks so easy, yet delicious. Trying it this weekend!

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