Herby lemony garlic really good roast chicken

really good sunday roast chicken
Today, I think we can all agree, is Sunday. A day synonymous with relaxing, god and the Sunday roast. I am going to help you out with a recipe for a really good roast chicken, the relaxing and god things you’re going to need to sort out for yourself. I could say it’s the best roast chicken but my tastes will sometimes change more often than my underwear (yeah, like twice a week), so I will say this was a really good roast chicken that I wanted at the time besides, I’m sure there are at least a few celebrity chefs out there who have the copy right on claims “the best ever”… wait a minute…

When I made this chicken it was Thursday. I know that Thursday is not Sunday but my face wanted roast chicken. Plain and simple, my face really just wanted roast chicken.

I had spent 10 hours in the kitchen prepping for a party we were catering for, but I really needed to spend that little bit of extra time getting a roast chook on for dinner.

I’ve told you before, my face is a needy little bitch when it decides it wants something, and this occasion was no different.

I had a few bits and pieces floating around the kitchen, so I was pretty confident… or over confident… or just pretty happy with my own abilities, that I would be able to pull this one off. And no, that is not a lead in line because as you know, once I paint a picture for you, you cannot physically un-see it. It shall be with you forever and, quite frankly I have grown to like you and I don’t think that’s anything you deserve ☺.

Load the chicken up with the herby garlic lemony goodness
Load the chicken up with the herby garlic lemony goodness

Dana is not going to be happy with this photo. Not enough day light. Well Dana, there's not enough bloody day light in the day at the moment so this is all I got
Dana is not going to be happy with this photo. Not enough day light. Well Dana, there’s not enough bloody day light in the day at the moment so this is all I got


1 chook, chicken, buk buk burguuuuk. Free range. We all use free range now right? Size 16 is good
5 cloves garlic, smashed roughly
¼ preserved lemon, flesh removed, chopped
1 handful each fresh thyme and tarragon
1 teaspoon coriander seed, crushed
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil or pork fat

• Combine all ingredients except chicken in a bowl and rub them together a little
• Put the chicken into a baking dish
• Pour the herb mix over the chicken and rub them a little more. Massage it a little and get it into all the little nooks and crannies. Yes, even into the chooks bottom
• Roast at 180-200C for about an hour, basting with the pan juices a couple of times during the process
• Check the chicken is cooked by gently pulling the leg away from the body
• Rest chicken for 10-15 minutes
• Carve and eat it with the roasting juices salsa verde for a little something different. I’ll tell you all about salsa verde very soon my friends

24 responses to “Herby lemony garlic really good roast chicken”

  1. Your face asked and your face got. Now I have ‘wish I had got a chook from our butcher yesterday but now they are closed’ Sunday regret. Looks well tasty, am liking the coriander addition. I too am about to post a photo or two which were taken with a lack of natural light….Dana…avert your eyes. 😁

  2. I make roast any day of the week. I don’t just reserve them for Sundays, although I’m more likely to invite others over if I’m making roast on a Sunday. I love that with roast, you can bung it all in the oven and go do something else for a while. Plus, the leftovers are epic.

    p.s. I like how you massaged the chook’s bottom. I can tell that you care. 😀

  3. Like your sound effects! I sat here thinking what is a buk buk burguuuuk chicken? Yeah, it’s early and yes…it’s Sunday! Adding pork fat isn’t something I would think to do with a roast chicken..but heck yeah!

  4. Hahahaha!
    Why you gotta call me out like that homie!?
    Hahahaha, lighting is a bitch sin’t it?
    But hey, this still photographed well and you can chalk that up to the talent of this bird.

    That is one sexy ass bird. She knows how to pose in all kinds of lighting.
    Covered in rosemary and whatnot…

  5. Yum! I love roasted chicken. I try to do one every week. I steal the wings and legs for myself and then slice the breast and whatever is left for snacking for a few days. I always use garlic powder though…why haven’t I thought to crush cloves like you did!? That would make all the difference. I’m going to do that this week. 🙂

  6. Good god, now my face wants this chicken… you sir need to make me an epic feast complete with kegs of beer and a fire… because fires are warm… mmm chicken.

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