Roast Chicken

Now that fall is here, roast chicken becomes a weekly staple in our home. Although you can always pick up prepared rotisserie chicken in your local supermarket, nothing beats making it yourself — and you’d be surprised at how easy it is to prepare. My basic marinade calls for fresh lemon zest and whatever herbs I happen to have in the garden, though tarragon and basil are certainly my favorites.

Roast Chicken

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Roast Chicken


  • 1 large sprig of tarragon, leaves removed
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • Juice from the lemon
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1 raw chicken, washed and patted dry
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into cubes


  1. Roughly chop the tarragon leaves and lemon zest into a fine mince.
  2. In a mixing bowl, place tarragon leaves and lemon zest, followed by the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic. Whisk well.
  3. Pull the skin apart from the chicken meat very carefully with your fingers, and tuck cubes of butter in various places under the chicken skin.
  4. Pour marinade over the chicken and under the skin, rubbing to coat well.
  5. Cover with foil and roast in oven at 400 F or in your center grill (on low) with two outer burners on high.
  6. Cook for roughly 1 hour, basting every 15 minutes or so. Pull off at 165 F, tested with a cooking thermometer in the thigh or deep into the breast.

Recipe and video from Jason Hill /