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Roast Chicken Recipe @ Recipes From A Pantry

The Perfect Roast Chicken Recipe

How to roast a chicken perfectly.
Cook Time 1 hour


  • 75 g (2.6oz) of butter softened
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 large handful of freshly chopped herbs or 1 tbsp dried herbs
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 1.5 kg (3.3lb) chicken approximately
  • 1 bulb of garlic cut in half and 1 lemon cut in half optional


  • Preheat the oven to fan assisted 190C / 210C / 410F / gas 6.
  • Mix together the butter, minced garlic, herbs, salt and pepper.
  • Remove the string from the chicken and smear the herby butter mix all over the chicken including inside it.
  • Place the chicken in an oven tray along with the cut garlic and lemon (if using) and roast for 20 mins.
  • Then turn down the oven to fan assisted 160C / 180C / 325F / gas 4.
  • Baste the chicken and then roast for about 30-40 mins depending on how big the chicken is.
  • If the juices run clear when the chicken thigh is pierced with a skewer then it is done.
  • Switch off the oven, leave the door open and let the chicken rest in the residual heat for about 15 mins before removing to carve.


You will need a bit more time in the oven if your chicken is bigger. If you don't want your chicken skin to turn golden then cover with foil for the first 20 mins of cooking during the second stage of roasting (i.e. when you turn down the oven temperature).