Roasted Herb de Provence Chicken

Roasted Herbs de Provence Chicken

I love roasting whole chickens. They are kind of like a blank palette. By just putting your favorite flavors together and following some basics, it becomes almost fool proof. I like to try new things all of the time, but this is pretty much my basic standard roasted chicken. It’s herby and flavorful, but not overpoweringly so.

If you are not familiar with Herbs de Provence, you should give it a try. Herbs de Provence was first combined in the seventies. It was a mixture of herbs usually found in the Provence region of France. There is no standard recipe for Herbs de Provence. There are many variations as there are with curries. The mix can include any or none of the following: thyme, basil, savory, fennel, rosemary, oregano, marjoram or tarragon…and sometimes lavender. If you shop around and read ingredients, you’ll find no two bottles include the same variations. I always look for the ones that include lavender. Lavender may be the ingredient that drew me in the first time I ever opened a jar and smelled it. The funny thing is, the original mixture did not include the lavender. Lavender was added later to mixtures sold in the US. It appealed to our image of the fragrant fields of lavender in Provence. My personal favorite blend is this one from Williams-Sonoma.

Roasted Herbs de Provence Chicken

1 whole roaster chicken, 5 to 7 pounds, giblets removed, rinsed and dried well
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon onion, finely minced
1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence
1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning (optional)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Place the dried chicken in a large roasting pan.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Gently slide a spoon between the breast meat and the skin to separate the two. Do this on each side. Then using about 1 or 2 teaspoons per side, put some of the mixture under the breast skin and rub it around (this is totally optional). Use the remaining mixture to rub all over the rest of the bird. Also optional, you can tuck the wings under the bird so that the tips don’t burn and tie up the legs with some kitchen twine to cook more evenly (trust me…it’ll be just as wonderful if you skip that step)!

Put the chicken in the oven and reduce the temperature to 375 degrees. Cook about 20 minutes per pound. For a 6 to 6.5 pound chicken, roast for about 2 hours. To test doneness, I’m terrible about using a meat thermometer. I just grab the end of the leg, wiggle it a bit and if it wiggles…it’s done. That’s how technically savy I am!

When the chicken is done, remove it from the oven and allow it to sit for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Trust me…waiting even a bit longer is better. The chicken will be moist and it will be so much easier to carve.

 

Notes:

  • So, carving? I’m no expert, but I do think there is a really great way to carve the breast. I like to remove the whole breast by cutting down along the body, then slicing the whole breast in slices on the cutting board. It looks much nicer that way.
  • Use the pan drippings to make an awesome gravy and serve with mashed potatoes and your favorite veggies!
  • If you like your chicken with a crispy skin, this recipe will make you happy! Starting off with a dry chicken and that high heat of the oven will ensure crispiness!
  • The poultry seasoning is optional in this. I sometimes add it…or not. It adds a little more of an earthy-herby flavor.
  • Go ahead and toss some bay leaf, lemon peel or onion into the cavity if you like. It all adds a bit of flavor. Just don’t stuff it too much, that will change your cooking time.

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Roasted Herbs de Provence Chicken

  1. Veronica

    Just like all of the commenters above, I have to say this chicken is wonderful! I’ve always loved a good roasted chicken but this one is over the top and my new “go to”. I’d especially like to thank you for the herbs de provence suggestion (I found the exact same thing at Sur la Table). I picked some up in Paris from a street vendor a few years back with lavender in it. I’ve never found a version in the states that compares until I bought this one! Thank you again.

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    1. Caroline Hurley Post author

      Thanks so much, Veronica! So glad that Herbs de Provence was what you were looking for! I know what you mean…I’ve been through several brands that I didn’t like as much. If I make my way to Paris one day, I’ll have to pick some up and give that one a try!

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  2. Brittany

    This looks fabulous. I plan to make it this evening, but would like to roast it with red potatoes and carrots. Any tips for doing this? Would the veggies go in the oven with the chicken the entire time?

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    1. Caroline Hurley Post author

      Thanks so much, Brittany! This will be fabulous with the potatoes and carrots! Can I come over for dinner? You can certainly put the veggies in with the chicken. If you have a really large chicken that needs a lot of cook time, be sure to leave the potatoes whole and chop the carrots into large pieces or you could leave them whole as well. Hope you love it!

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    1. Caroline

      I’m so happy to hear that, Ann! It really makes a great Sunday dinner, doesn’t it? It’s so kind of you to take the time to let me know. Thank you so much! :)

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  3. Missy

    This is by far the BEST Chicken I’ve ever eaten. I’m so glad I pinned it and went back to it. This is now a “Once a Week” dish in our home. Thank You so Much!!!!

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    1. Caroline

      Missy, I think it’s going to take a few days to get this smile off of my face! I’m really happy you love this chicken as much as we do! Isn’t it easy? I’m totally flattered and really appreciate you taking time to let me know! Thank you for being so sweet!

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  4. Nadine

    This recipe is awesome ! It is easy and delicious. The house smells just wonderful while it’s cooking. I’ve given it to many of my friends. Some have tried it and said “it’s a keeper” . I have done this method before but used butter and herbs. I like it more with the olive oil and Dijon. Thanks so much.
    Canadian Thanksgiving coming up here so I just want you to know many of my friends will be using this recipe !
    Nadine

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    1. Caroline

      Oh Nadine, you have no idea how happy your message made me! I know what you mean…the smell alone makes my family so happy when they come through the door from school and work! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe with your friends and for taking the time to message me! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. Brittany

    I made this the other night and it was soooo good!!!! So easy to make too. The hardest part was waiting the extra 20 minutes after it came out of the oven to sit before diving in :)

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    1. Caroline

      Brittany…you just made me so happy! I’m thrilled that you loved it as much as we do! Really…I make this all the time! You’re so nice to take the time to come back and let me know…thanks so much! And I couldn’t agree more…I hate that wait…I usually end up sneaking a taste!

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  6. rosie

    That looks so good, I need to make it for dinner. Wish you would hurry up and get to Florida and I will be your tester.
    Love you.

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