Perfect Lemon and Thyme Roast Chicken

Okay so there is one meal that just means home…roast chicken, it is so versatile whether it is with roasted vegetables in the winter or with a summer salad…In just a few minutes a plain chicken can be transformed into a fragrant,  flavorful, succulent and oh so good piece of roasted heaven.

You will need:

  • 1 whole roaster chicken 1.5-2kg – 3lb-4lb
  • 1 stick butter (softened)
  • 2 lemons (zested)
  • 3 lemons halved (you can use the 2 lemons you have zested and just add another lemon)
  • Several sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil to drizzle

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

To make the herb butter, combine the butter, salt, black pepper, dried thyme…

minced garlic and lemon zest..

Next cut the zested lemons and one additional lemon in half and  along with the fresh thyme insert them all into the cavity of the chicken.

Now comes the messy part…gently pull up the skin from the chicken breast and stuff half of the herb butter underneath it, taking care not to break the skin of the chicken. Next the massage part! Rub the remainder of the butter over the whole chicken.

Time for a confession! Yep, I have used a favorite shortcut…foil tray instead of a roasting tray…clean up is a dream…

The final step of the preparation is to drizzle the breast with olive oil.


Next, roast in the oven for approximately 1.5 hrs (depending on the weight and cooking time for your chicken) until the chicken is cooked through. Now the key part for a truly succulent chicken is to remove the chicken from the oven half way through the cooking time and baste the chicken by spooning some of the cooking juices over the chicken…

Then returning it to the oven until the cooking time is up!


Once cooked, remove your golden chicken from the oven. All you need to do is cover it and leave it to rest for 10 minutes…Enjoy..x♥x


12 replies »

    • Thank you so much. I find that the dried thyme adds intensity and does not burn onto the meat. Whilst the fresh thyme brings a wonderful aroma to the chicken and there are no burning issues, as it is in the cavity. Hope you enjoy and have a wonderful weekend x

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