Citrus Herb Roasted Chicken is finger-licking dish prepared from whole chicken, herbs, and a generous dash of lemon. Do read its recipe.

Citrus Herb Roasted Chicken

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Continental
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 386 kcal
Author: Neha Mathur

Citrus Herb Roasted Chicken is finger-licking dish prepared from whole chicken, herbs, and a generous dash of lemon.



  • 1 Whole Chicken
  • 10-12 sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 10-12 sprigs Fresh parsley
  • 10-12 sprigs Fresh thyme
  • 2 Lemon Cut into halves

To Brine the chicken

  • 1/2 litre Buttermilk
  • 4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Freshly cracked black pepper

For the herbed Butter

  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tsp Lemon Zest
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Thyme
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Parsley
  • 1/4 cup Fresh sage
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Freshly Cracked Black Pepper - 1 tsp


  1. Combine buttermilk, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  2. Add chicken so that it is completely submerged in the buttermilk.
  3. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours.
  4. Add all the ingredients for herbed butter in a food processor and blend till nicely combined.
  5. Keep aside.
  6. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk brine.
  7. Tie the legs with a twine.
  8. Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees C.
  9. Place the chicken in a large roasting pan with breast side up on a metal rack.
  10. Smear the herb butter all over the chicken.
  11. Stuff the cavity with sage, parsley, thyme and lemon halves.
  12. Place the chicken in the oven for 20 minutes.
  13. Reduce the temperature to 150 degrees C and cook for another hour.
  14. Keep basting the chicken with the dripping in the pan at regular intervals.
  15. Use a thermometer to check the temperature at the thickest part of the chicken and it should be 75 Degrees C.
  16. Increase the heat to maximum until chicken is nicely browned from outside.
  17. Remove the chicken from the oven and cover it with aluminium foil until it is ready to be served.
  18. Keep again the oven at 180 degrees for 10-12 minutes just before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Citrus Herb Roasted Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 386 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 120mg40%
Sodium 1630mg71%
Potassium 310mg9%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 1220IU24%
Vitamin C 33.3mg40%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.