French Roasted Chicken

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French roasted chicken is a simple yet elegant dinner. A whole chicken is stuffed with lemon, spices and herbs to give the chicken incredible flavor and moistness.

Herb Roasted Chicken-Top Shot

French roasted chicken is a little fancier, but hardly any more work than, Italian Lemon Chicken (Pollo al Limone). I’ve just amped up the herbs and added butter and garlic, to a very simple and delicious lemon chicken recipe.

I used the method that I learned in cooking school, which is to pierce a lemon all over, and stuff it inside the bird. This works, by the way, with chicken, turkey or duck. The result is absolutely the moistest meat ever. Herb Roasted chicken with med. closeFor this French roasted chicken, I’ve used Herbes de Provence to give this bird a decidedly country French accent. Ideally, I would leave the rub on the chicken, (or turkey) overnight, but even on a weeknight, this bird can be roasted in just about an hour, provided you prep it the night before.

Herbes de Provence is a blend that consists of the following dried herbs; savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, oregano and sometimes, lavender. Roasted Chicken top halfWhile you can make your own blend using dried herbs, the proportions of the blends can be tricky. Since rosemary is particularly strong, and therefore should be used more sparingly than savory or thyme, and since Herbes de Provence are readily available in most grocery stores, I prefer to buy a blend. Lift the skin of the bird and slip some of the herb butter under it, as well as between the breast and skin, if you can.Raw Chicken with Herbs and butterUse kosher salt, rather than table salt, which is so much saltier. Make sure you understand your oven’s idiosyncrsies, and are able to gauge temperatures. The temperatures and times, therefore, are a guideline, and you should always test doneness by using a thermometer.

I hope you enjoy this French roasted chicken recipe.

This French Roasted Chicken is rubbed with herbs and butter and stuffed with a lemon, to make the moistest and easiest chicken ever!

French Roasted Chicken

A simple roasted chicken with herbes de provence, butter and garlic give this dish a decidedly French taste.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Entree
Cuisine French
Servings 4


  • 1 4 1/2-5 pound roasting chicken
  • 1/4 cup herbes de Provence
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter softened slightly
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 whole organic lemon pierced all over with a knife or fork


  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.
  • Remove giblets from chicken, pat dry. (This will enable the herb butter to stick to the bird better). Mix herbs, butter, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Slide your hand under the skin, between the breast meat to loosen, and rub herb butter all over, including some under the skin of the bird. Insert the whole lemon into the cavity of the chicken, and truss legs together with twine.
  • Place chicken on a wire roasting rack set inside a pan.
  • Roast chicken until skin turns brown, about 30-40 minutes. Baste with any herb butter in the roasting pan, and reduce heat to 350 degrees F. and continue to cook until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reaches 165 degrees F, about 30-35 minutes more.
  • Let chicken rest on platter, covered loosely with foil for 15 minutes before serving.
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French Roasted Chicken with Herbes de Provence. Juicy and flavorful!
French Roasted Chicken with Herbes de Provence. Juicy and flavorful!

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  1. Perfect! There’s nothing much better than a just roasted chicken. My first was a poulet roti from a French cookbook!

    1. 5 stars
      This is the best chicken I have ever made. Make sure to buy a quality bird. Serve with a white burgundy and crusty bread.

  2. What a beautiful dish Cynthia. I’ve never used Herbes de Provence before, I’m so looking forward to trying this delicious chicken with the lemon baked inside!

  3. I feel like I’ve been stalking this chicken all weekend; every time I see it I get so hungry for roast chicken!! This looks so juicy and delicious; I’ve never tried my chicken French style before, but I need to!

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe a handful of times throughout the years and even have it bookmarked. I plan on making it again for dinner tomorrow. It’s easy with elevated taste, and perfect when having guests over… or not, because the leftovers are so good haha thank you so much for this recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    This is the most moist and juicy chicken recipe!
    Frank and I really enjoyed for a romantic dinner.
    We wanted to make this recipe because we were excited to find herbs de provence locally.
    This is an excellent recipe. We made this with 6 drumsticks and 6 chicken chops (as they call them here – chicken thighs, skin on, bone in)
    We were so happy we made this elegant and romantic dish and highly recommend you do.

  6. 5 stars
    Had this just last night for a family gathering. Absolutely delicious! You can’t imagine how good the house smells while the bird is roasting. The meat is moist and full of flavor! A new favorite.

  7. 5 stars
    O-M-G!!! Excellent with multiple exclamation points!!! This is one of the most DEElicious recipes I’ve tried in a long time! The drippings are to die for – I wish I had made a gravy out of them so will make sure to do so next time! So glad I found this recipe! If I could have given it 10 stars I would have!

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