My go-to Monday night roast chicken recipe… Herbs de Provence Roast Chicken
As kids, Monday night was always roast night. A cracking dinner with all the roast vegetables to start the week back at work. It makes complete sense, doesn’t it? A good roast dinner doesn’t need to be fancy or a special occasion dinner. Just simple ingredients cooked well with minimal effort.
Roast the chicken alongside chunks of potato, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots, and whole garlic, and serve with steamed greens and lashings of made from scratch, chicken gravy. Or swap things up a bit. It’s a great mid-week dinner with colcannon and a green salad.
These days I tend to cook a roast for Sunday lunch or Monday dinner most weeks. Either way, I always make extra so we have lunchmeat sorted for the week!
What you need to get started
- Herbs de Provence is a mixture of herbs typical of the Provence region in the south of France. It’s a pantry staple for a slow cook. As well as roast chicken, it is also a cracking combination with garlic and roast lamb. Also, try sprinkling this all-purpose seasoning blend over roast vegetables and adding it to soups and stews. I mostly use the rub mixture sprinkled over chicken breasts before grilling as it’s a quick and easy chicken dish for dinner alongside a side salad.
- Sea Salt. I always feel like salt comes down to taste. There are so many salts on the market, with such vast, individual flavors. Murry River Sea Salt is usually my sea salt of choice and is always in my pantry. However, if you have a favorite salt, give it a try!
- Butter. I use unsalted, just because it’s what I always have on hand. Aside from spreadable butter for toast, I only buy unsalted butter blocks
- A good, family-size organic whole chicken. Please note the cooking time is largely dependent on the size of the chicken. I always look for a 2kg bird for a roast dinner
- Preheat oven to 200°c.
- Start with making the salt. Combine the herb de Provence and salt in a small bowl. Give a quick mix to combine.
- Chop your butter into 12 pieces. Roll the butter in the salt rub. Place chicken in a roasting pan. With the chicken legs pointed towards you, gently place your fingers under the chicken breast skin and loosen the skin from the breasts. Take ¾ of your butter and push it under the skin. I tend to put 3 pieces of butter on each breast and 1 each on the top of the leg (still under the skin)
- Pop the remaining butter in the cavity of the chicken along with the fresh herbs and lemon. Drizzle the whole bird with olive oil and rub with any remaining salt rub.
- Pop into a preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Baste your chicken every 20 minutes with the pan juices. The chook will be cooked when you can insert a skewer into the meat and the juices run clear as well as a lovely golden, crispy skin.
- Remove from the oven, and let it rest for 10 minutes. Carve & serve.
Let’s take this up a notch
A roast chicken dinner can be as simple or spectacular as you want it to be. Let’s talk side dishes…
Simple… Add a Caprese salad or maybe a loaf of bacon, chive, and cheese soda bread which can double up as an amazing toastie for lunch the next day by shredding any leftover chicken, topping with cheddar, a little mayo, and toasting!
Spectacular… Let go all out! I’m thinking duck fat potatoes with truffle salt, lashings of homemade gravy, lots of steamed green vegetables, peas, honey carrots, and wine. Don’t forget the wine!
Equipment you’ll need to cook Roast herbes de Provence chicken.
The good thing about this recipe is the minimal prep and minimal utensils needed… You’ll need a roasting pan or baking dish. Alternatively, you can also cook this in a dutch oven. Some cooks prefer to use a wire rack in their roasting pan to keep the roast out of the drippings. Personally, for me, it’s all about the flavor, so I don’t use one.
A small cutting board, a small bowl, and a cooks knife are also essentials when cooking herb de Provence roasted chicken.
A quick tip
TIP: Make extra salt rub! I always make in bulk and store mine in a jar in my spice drawer. Aside from herb de Provence roast chicken, try rubbing the same salt rub in the recipe below on a leg of lamb studded with garlic cloves and rosemary. AH-MAZ-ING!
You can store a cooked roast chicken in an airtight container for up to three days
Like this herbs de Provence chicken recipe? Here are a few more chicken recipes you might like…
- Cajun Chicken Burger
- Chicken and Bacon Creamy Pesto Pasta
- Black Garlic Roast Chicken
- Creamy Chicken and Chorizo Risotto
- Pressure Cooker Chicken Stock
My go-to Monday night roast chicken recipe! Serve this one with lashings of homemade gravy and ALL the vegetables
- 1 Chicken (whole)
- 60 g Butter (unsalted)
- 2 tsp Salt Flakes (Murray River Salt flakes if you can get your hands on them)
- 1 tsp Herbs De Provence
- ½ Lemon
- 1 bunch Fresh Herbs (parsley, bay, thyme works perfectly)
- olive oil (extra virgin to drizzle)
- Preheat oven to 200°c.
- Start with making the salt. Combine the herb de provence and salt in a small bowl. Give a quick mix to combine.
- Chop your butter into 12 pieces. Roll the butter in the salt rub. With the chicken legs pointed towards you, gently place your fingers under the chicken breast skin and loosen the skin from the breasts. Take ¾ of your butter and push it under the skin. I tend to put 3 pieces of butter on each breast and 1 each on the top on the leg (still under the skin)
- Pop remaining butter in the chicken cavity along with the fresh herbs and lemon. Drizzle the entire chicken with olive oil and rub with any remaining salt rub.
- Pop into a preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Baste your chicken every 20minutes with the pan juices. The chook will be cooked when you can insert a skewer into the meat and the juices run clear as well as a lovely golden, crispy skin.
- Remove from oven, let it rest for 10 minutes. Carve & serve.
Roast chook is a staple in our house. Rarely a week goes by when i don’t cook a chicken for dinner or even just for lunches. You can easily dress it up with roasted root vegetables, greens and gravy for roast night or simply with a green salad and homemade potato chips for a casual dinner.