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Roast Chicken with lemon & fresh herbs

Roast Chicken with lemon  & fresh herbs

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This recipe takes cooking a simple chicken up a few notches. It's finger-licking good! You'll get your hands a little messy but will be well worth the effort. It is super tasty and the leftovers are even better the next day!
Pour yourself a glass of wine and let's get cooking...

This recipe serves 4 people.

Wine Match

Tahbilk Marsanne

With age, Marsanne develops into a wonderfully rich and complex honeyed gem. The palate is light, bright & nicely balanced with a good refreshingly dry finish. Tahbilk Marsanne pairs beautifully with tasty dishes such as roast chicken.


  • 2 bunches of fresh soft herbs, such as basil, flat-leaf parsley, thyme, oregano or marjoram (60g)

  • 2 large slices of butter

  • 1 lemon (boiled)

  • 1 x 1.4 kg whole free-range chicken

  • olive oil

  • 4 fresh bay leaves

  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

  • butchers string for trussing


  1. Preheat the oven and a roasting tray to 220ºC.

  2. Pick and finely chop the soft herbs. Pour a glug of olive oil over the herbs as this will help infuse the flavour.

  3. Lift the skin from the breast and stuff the fresh herbs under the skin carefully pushing them down with a small spatula or spoon.

  4. Insert a large slice of butter on either side under the skin.

  5. Season generously with salt and black pepper and rub into the skin with a glug of olive oil.

  6. Prick the boiled lemon and insert it into the cavity along with the bay leaves and rosemary. The boiled lemon acts as a flavour bomb and will infuse its flavour beautifully.

  7. Truss the chicken into a compact bundle and tie as firmly as possible.

  8. Cook for 1 hour or until the juices run clear. The skin should crisp-up nicely on top.

  9. Remove from the oven and rest for 5-10 minutes while you prepare a generous garden salad packed full of your favourite fresh ingredients. 

  10. Carve your chicken and place on a serving plate ready for the table.

Pour yourself and your guests a glass of Tahbilk Organic Chardonnay and enjoy.

If you have enjoyed this recipe and would like to share one of your own with the Tahbilk Wine Club, please write to us at wineclub@tahbilk.com.au we'd love to hear from you!