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Easiest Garlic Herb Roast Chicken

Easiest Garlic Herb Roast Chicken

This Easy Garlic Herb Roast Chicken recipe is the most straightforward, foolproof way to roast any whole chicken. Infused with herbs and spices and roasted with onions, garlic, mushrooms and herbs,  this Roast Chicken will be perfectly juicy and tender in just 35 minutes.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy butterflied chicken, roast chicken, roast chicken with herbs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 481 kcal
Author Mahy


  • 1 whole chicken (about 4 lbs), butterflied *see notes
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed herbs such as parsley , cilantro, thyme, mint
  • 6 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 8 baby onions
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup whole mushrooms
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil mixed with a pinch of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
  • grape tomatoes (optional)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice or apple juice


For the Garlic Herb Chicken:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Mix the garlic, herbs and spice in a bowl and then take this mixture and rub it all over the chicken, on both sides and in between the skin and the meat. To do this, gently take your fingers and place them in between the skin and meat of the chicken separating them as much as possible while still keeping the skin attached to the chicken at corner points.
  3. Place a cast iron (or oven-safe skillet) over medium-high heat and add in the olive oil.
  4. When the oil heats up, place the chicken skin side down in the hot skillet and sear it for 3 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, mix the onions, garlic, mushrooms with the olive oil, salt and oregano mixture.
  6. Flip the chicken and throw in the onions, mushrooms and garlic scattering them all around the chicken. Let the chicken cook for a minute before taking the skillet off the heat.
  7. Place the skillet in the oven and roast for 35-40minutes (depending on the size of your chicken).
  8. When the chicken is out of the oven and the pan is still hot, add the grape tomatoes and then add in the juice and mix it with the juices at the bottom of the skillet. Cover the chicken with this juice. Serve.

How to butterfly a chicken:

  1. To butterfly a chicken, place a whole chicken on a cutting boars, breast side down.
  2. Take kitchen scissors and follow the backbone of the chicken from neck to bottom and from both sides.

  3. Cut off the backbone entirely from side to side and top to bottom. Then flip the chicken so the breast side is facing up, then take your hand and place it in the middle of the breast and push it down to break that middle bone and flatten the chicken completely.

Recipe Notes

  • Searing the chicken skin side down gives the skin a beautiful golden crust even before roasting and spares you from waiting for the skin to crisp up in the oven while worrying about the chicken drying out.
  • Butterflying the chicken speeds up the roasting process and makes for a more evenly cooked chicken.
  • Use any herbs you like for this recipe. Add mint for a Middle Eastern touch, cilantro for a Mexican twist
Nutrition Facts
Easiest Garlic Herb Roast Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 481 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 142mg47%
Sodium 719mg31%
Potassium 552mg16%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 300IU6%
Vitamin C 18.3mg22%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.