My perfect roast chicken from The Naked Chef (page 120) by Jamie Oliver

  • bay leaves
  • whole chicken
  • rosemary
  • lemons
  • herbs of your choice

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Notes about this recipe

  • mharriman on November 18, 2020

    I really liked the use of fresh herbs and EVOO under and over the skin of the chicken and in the thighs. Very moist chicken meat! I chose marjoram, rosemary, and thyme. The aroma and taste of those herbs reminded me of wonderful Thanksgiving turkey with stuffing. My husband’s and my favorite roast chicken recipe is Thomas Keller’s, but this one was a very close second. I did stuff my chicken with the recommended lemon and herbs, which enhanced the flavor outcome. Served with baked potatoes, a Romaine salad, and Oregon Pinot noir. Chef’s kiss!

  • imaluckyducky on December 13, 2013

    Pg. 120 This was one of the first cookbooks I tried out and bought when I started cooking over a decade ago. This recipe is responsible for making roast chicken less-scary (before I thought it took lots of work), and his suggestion to put herbs under the skin goes a long way to flavor the meat. In fact, that technique I use in almost all my roasted chicken dishes even if it's not called for. The chicken comes out juicy, the skin is crisp, and the flavor is dynamite.

  • fprincess on October 28, 2010

    Inserting butter and herbs directly under the chicken skin before roasting was a revelation for me.

  • wester on September 03, 2010

    I don't roast whole chickens that often, but if I do I will probably use this recipe. It's a classic, and rightly so. I do prefer not to use parsley, as that has a tendency to become bitter when heated. ETA: this was written before I found out about Zuni Cafe and Thomas Keller. I definitely prefer those two.

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