Roast Chicken with Sage and Lemon Balm

    1 hour 5 minutes

    A simple and classic way to roast a whole chicken with sage and lemon balm. It comes out crispy and moist.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1/4 cup lemon balm leaves, divided
    • 1/4 cup fresh sage leaves, divided
    • 60g softened butter
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 (1.5 kg) whole chicken
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hour5min 

    1. Preheat an oven to 200 degrees C.
    2. Set aside 1/3 of the whole lemon balm leaves and 1/3 of the whole sage leaves. Chop the remaining lemon balm and sage. Place the chopped herbs into a mixing bowl with the butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir until evenly mixed. Loosen the skin of the chicken and rub the butter mixture underneath the skin, over the breast and legs. Rub the skin of the chicken with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Place the reserved herbs into the cavity of the chicken, and place breast-side-down onto a roasting pan.
    3. Roast in the preheated oven 30 minutes, then turn chicken breast-side-up and continue baking until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 20 minutes more. Remove the chicken from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminium foil, and allow to rest in a warm area for 10 minutes before slicing.

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    Easy and oh so good!  -  24 Feb 2013


    basic roasted chicken. I did it on the grill. The recipe caught my eye because I have lemon balm growing in my herb garden and I don't do much with it except to favor tea. Not much lemon flavor came through, although that's probably OK  -  13 Jul 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is the third time I have made this recipe. Why? Because my husband and children ask for it! It is sooooooo moist!!!! And, so flavorful!!!!  -  04 Oct 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)