Garlic Herb Butter Roast Chicken

Packed with flavour, crispy skin and moist meat, this Garlic Herb Butter Roast Chicken comes out perfectly every time! Make this juicy roast chicken for your next family get together and get praised for being the best hostess!

If you’d like more holiday recipes, try my Healthier Green Bean Casserole Recipe, Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Mayo Mustard Dressing, or my Creamy Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

Photo of a garlic herb butter roast chicken inside of a white roasting pan.

Nothing beats a juicy chicken and this perfectly tender and juicy roasted chicken is definitely the best of the best. Coated in butter and fresh herbs, this foolproof chicken dinner is surprisingly easy to make.  You don’t even have to baste it! Once it goes into the oven, this garlic herb butter roast chicken is a hands-off recipe.

While a lot of people like to make a traditional turkey for the holiday dinners, I feel that chicken is a great alternative. Roasted chicken is a classic and the garlic herb butter just kicks it up a notch. Plus it takes way less time to prep in comparison and since we’re having smaller family dinners now, a chicken is much more favoured due to its size.

Even better, this roast chicken is low carb, keto friendly, and is naturally gluten-free! It’s a meal that pretty much accommodates almost all diets without having to buy any specialized ingredients for. Plus, it’s kid friendly! Who doesn’t love a juicy piece of meat with crispy skin on it?

How to Make this Garlic Herb Butter Roast Chicken

Ingredients

  • Whole chicken — make sure the cavity is emptied out before working with it.
  • Butter — make sure it is unsalted.
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic cloves
  • Fresh herbs: thyme, parsley, rosemary
  • Lemon wedges
  • Vegetables: carrots and celery stalks
  • Dry white wine — or low sodium chicken broth.

Two images with one showing how to put carrots and celery in a roasting pan and the other showing how to put the herb butter chicken on top.

Instructions

Bring your Chicken to Room Temperature and Prep the Oven

  1. Remove the chicken from the fridge and leave it out for about 30 minutes before cooking.
  2. Adjust the oven rack to the middle position, and preheat oven to 450°F.

Prepare the Chicken

  1. In a small bowl, add melted butter, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, parsley and rosemary. Mix all together.
  2. Place chicken in a roasting pan and use a spoon to loosen skin from chicken.
  3. Put the chicken upright and drizzle half of the butter mixture under skin and then place the chicken horizontally and drizzle the remaining butter mixture all over the surface of the chicken.
  4. Stuff used lemon wedges and rosemary inside chicken and then tie the drumstick ends with string and then sprinkle some more salt and pepper over the chicken.

Cook the Garlic Herb Butter Roast Chicken and Serve

  1. Place carrot, garlic and celery in the pan and then place chicken on top. Pour wine or broth around the pan before transferring it into the oven and roast for 15 minutes.
  2. Then, reduce the oven temperature to 350F. Roast chicken for more 1h and 10 minutes.
  3. When the chicken is done the internal temperature should be 165F. Don’t forget to spoon some juice over the chicken skin every 30 minutes.
  4. Rest for 15 minutes before serving.

Overhead image of roast chicken inside of a roasting pan.

Tips and Notes On Making This Garlic Herb Butter Roast Chicken

  • Make sure you pat dry your chicken first. The moisture on the skin from thawing it or taking it out of the fridge will make it difficult for your skin to crisp up. Also, keep in mind that you do not have to wash your chicken first according to the USDA. Just simply pat it dry.
  • Avoid using bottled lemon juice. As you’re already using lemon wedges to stuff the chicken, take the extra second and juice fresh lemon juice. Fresh lemon juice tastes brighter and less bitter than store-bought bottled lemon juice.
  • It is important to allow your chicken to rest before you cut into it. When it is resting, the juices inside the chicken are redistributing back throughout the meat. If you cut it too early, you end up losing the moistness and your chicken will be dry.
  • If you are worried about your wing tips burning in the oven, you can tuck them underneath the breasts before roasting.

Close up photo of garlic herb butter roast chicken with part of the breast sliced.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use different herbs? What about dried herbs?

You can definitely use different fresh herbs if you are unable to find this combination at the store. Other herbs you can try include sage and oregano.  While fresh herbs are best for this garlic butter roast chicken, you can use dried herbs if you are in a pinch. Make sure you adjust the recipe according as the general rule of thumb is that 1 tbsp of fresh herbs = 1 tsp of dried herbs.

Can I bake this from frozen?

No you cannot bake this chicken from frozen. Please make sure you thaw your chicken ahead of time if you plan on making this recipe. Baking from frozen will take much longer and the outer sections will be dry by the time the insides are cooked.

How do I know my chicken is done?

Use an instant read thermometer and stick it in the thickest part of the chicken, usually the thigh, making sure not to hit any bone. If you’re thermometer says 165°F (74°C) then your chicken is done.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftovers you have inside of an airtight container in your fridge. It’s best that you store the chicken as whole as possible as it keeps it moist upon reheating it. We try to slice the whole chicken as we serve it for this reason.

Close up image of garlic herb butter roast chicken with a breast sliced opened.

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Garlic Herb Butter Roast Chicken

Packed with flavour with crispy skin and moist meat, this Garlic Herb Butter Roast Chicken comes out perfectly every time! Make this juicy roast chicken for your next family get together and get praised for being the best hostess!
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • 4 lb whole chicken - patted dry
  • 1 stick unsalted butter - melted
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves - minced
  • 3 tsp fresh thyme - chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley - chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary - chopped

For stuffing

  • 2 lemon wedges
  • 1 rosemary spring
  • 3 garlic clove - peeled

Under Chook

  • 1 carrot - quartered
  • 3 garlic clove
  • 2 celery stalks - chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine - or low sodium chicken broth

Instructions

  • First, remove the chicken from the fridge and leave it out for about 30 minutes before cooking.
  • Adjust the oven rack to the middle position, and preheat oven to 450°F.
  • In a small bowl, add melted butter, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, parsley and rosemary. Mix all together.
  • Place chicken in a roasting pan and use a spoon to loosen skin from chicken.
  • Put the chicken upright and drizzle half of the butter mixture under skin and then place the chicken horizontally and drizzle the remaining butter mixture all over the surface of the chicken.
  • Stuff used lemon wedges and rosemary inside chicken.
  • Tie drumstick ends with string.
  • Sprinkle some more salt and pepper over the chicken.
  • Place carrot, garlic and celery in the pan and then place chicken on top. Pour wine around the pan.
  • Place it in the oven and roast for 15 minutes.
  • Then, reduce the oven temperature to 350F. Roast chicken for more 1h and 10 minutes. When the chicken is done the internal temperature should be 165F. Don’t forget to spoon some juice over the chicken skin every 30 minutes.
  • Rest for 15 minutes before serving.

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Serving: 1/5, Calories: 563kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 74g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 294mg, Sodium: 707mg, Potassium: 47mg, Fiber: 1g

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Garlic Herb Butter Roast Chicken