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Elegant and Affordable: Roast Chicken Provençale

Roast Chicken Provençale

Roasted Chicken always makes me think of dinner at my grandparents.  Such a savory and delicious meal that brings about feeling of warmth and comfort.  This version is extra flavorful because it utilizes Herbes de Provençe.

Herbes de Provençe is a spice blend that was originally created in the South of France.  So all of the herbes are indigenous to France.  The blend that we use contains the following:  French thyme, savory, fennel, rosemary, marjoram, basil, lavender and tarragon.

Roast Chicken Provençalemodified from Cooking Light Magazine

  • 2 Tbs dried herbes de provençe
  • 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 (7-pound) roasting chicken
  • 1 small onion
  • Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl.  Mash to paste consistency.  Set aside.

Remove and discard giblets and neck from chicken.  Rinse chicken with cold water and pat dry.  Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat.

Rub seasoning mixture under loosened skin.  Place onion in body cavity.

Place chicken, breast side up, on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray.  Insert a meat thermometer into breast, making sure not to touch bone.

Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until thermometer registers at 180 degrees.

Remove chicken from pan.  Cover with foil and let stand 10 minutes before carving.

18 comments on “Elegant and Affordable: Roast Chicken Provençale

  1. Looks absolutely beautiful.

  2. Humble Foodie
    March 7, 2013

    Sounds delicious! Roast chicken is one of my go-to recipes, and Herbes de Provence is one of my favorite spice blends. Can’t wait to try it.

  3. Cynthia
    March 7, 2013

    This is a great recipe, my two favorite things, roast chicken and Herbes de Provence.

  4. Leah
    March 7, 2013

    So glad you listed what’s in your Herbes de Provençe. I have it in my spice rack but have always been unsure of what’s it in.

    This roast chicken sounds amazing – I’ve never made my own from scratch but you make it seem pretty easy!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      March 11, 2013

      Leah, I really think you’ll like using your Herbes de Provençe! I love mine 🙂
      And yeah, roasting a chicken always seems a bit overwhelming before you try it — but it really is pretty easy.

  5. Man, this looks scrumptious! As a good boyfriend who pays attention to what his girlfriend truly loves, Herbes de Provençe go further on Valentine’s Day than red roses. She’ll love this!

  6. Karen
    March 7, 2013

    There is nothing nicer than the smell of a chicken roasting in the oven. Yours looks perfectly cooked.

  7. Christine
    March 7, 2013

    I do love herbes de Provence!

  8. petit4chocolatier
    March 7, 2013

    Oh Kenley, I feel like reaching into the screen! This looks perfect 🙂
    I am loving the spice blend 🙂

  9. gotasté
    March 8, 2013

    I can imagine getting messy and licking up all the oil on my fingers. This looks really wonderful and I love the Herbes de Provençe! My grandma used to bake whole chicken too…yummy!

    This is too tempting Kenley. I may just drop by a supermart later to get a ready baked one just to satisfy my cravings. Although it will not be as good….

    • Green Door Hospitality
      March 11, 2013

      Oh Danny… I’m sure it will be just as good when you make it! 🙂
      Glad that you like the recipe.

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