Succulent Lemon Herb Roast Chicken: A Culinary Symphony

Servings: 4-6

Approximate Cost in the UK: £12-£15

Indulge in the delightful flavours of a Succulent Lemon Herb Roast Chicken. This aromatic dish serves 4-6 people and comes together at an approximate cost of £12-£15, making it perfect for gatherings or a special family dinner.


  • 1 whole chicken (about 1.5 kg)
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  1. Preparation (15 minutes):
    • Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C for fan ovens).
    • Rinse the chicken inside and out, and pat dry with paper towels.
    • Season the chicken cavity with salt and pepper.
    • In a small bowl, mix minced garlic, chopped rosemary, thyme, oregano, and olive oil to create the herb rub.
  2. Seasoning the Chicken (10 minutes):
    • Gently loosen the skin of the chicken, creating pockets.
    • Rub the herb mixture evenly under the skin and on the surface of the chicken.
    • Season the outside with additional salt and pepper.
    • Place lemon slices under the skin and inside the cavity for added flavour.
  3. Roasting (1 hour and 15 minutes):
    • Place the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan.
    • Pour chicken broth into the pan for moisture.
    • Roast in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 75°C.
    • Baste the chicken with pan juices every 30 minutes for a golden, crispy skin.
  4. Resting (15 minutes):
    • Once cooked, let the chicken rest for 15 minutes before carving.
    • Spoon some of the pan juices over the sliced chicken for added moisture.
  5. Garnish and Serve (5 minutes):
    • Garnish with additional fresh herbs and lemon slices.
    • Serve the Succulent Lemon Herb Roast Chicken with your favourite sides – roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a fresh salad.

Pro Tips:

  • Customize the herb rub with your favourite fresh herbs for a personalized touch.
  • For extra crispiness, finish the chicken under the grill (broiler) for a few minutes.
  • Use leftover bones and carcasses to make a delicious homemade chicken broth.

Elevate your dining experience with the Succulent Lemon Herb Roast Chicken – a culinary masterpiece that combines the simplicity of a roast with the vibrant flavours of herbs and citrus. Enjoy the succulence and aroma as it fills your kitchen with warmth and satisfaction.