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Garlic Herb Butter Roast Chicken

This mouthwatering Garlic Herb Butter Roast Chicken recipe is sure to become a favorite in your kitchen. With its tender, juicy chicken and an irresistible garlic herb butter sauce, this dish is perfect for any occasion, be it a cozy family dinner or a special gathering.

Garlic Herb Butter Chicken

If you have been looking for a flavor-packed and easy-to-make chicken recipe that will impress your family and friends, this Garlic Herb Butter Roast Chicken is the one. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, this dish is really flavor loaded.

Garlic Herb Butter Chicken is a versatile dish that pairs well with a variety of side dishes. You can serve it over rice, pasta, or mashed potatoes. For a lighter option, serve the chicken alongside steamed or roasted vegetables, such as green beans, asparagus, or broccoli.

This recipe is very simple to make, and the ingredients needed are ones you can find in your nearest grocery store. Let’s get into it.

Garlic Herb Butter

The star of this dish is undoubtedly the garlic herb butter. It’s a delicious combination of garlic, butter, herbs, and seasonings that elevates the chicken to new heights of flavor. Plus, it’s incredibly versatile – you can adjust the herbs and seasonings to suit your taste or to complement other dishes you’re serving.

Oven Roasting

Oven roasting is a fantastic way to cook chicken, as it allows the meat to cook evenly and retain its natural juices. Plus, the high heat of the oven helps to create a beautiful, golden-brown crust on the outside of the chicken, sealing in the flavors and keeping the meat tender and juicy. This cooking method also allows the garlic herb butter sauce to meld with the chicken, infusing it with incredible flavor.

Ingredients needed for Garlic Herb Butter Roast Chicken 

  • Whole chicken: This is the main ingredient.
  • Unsalted butter: Adds richness and moisture to the dish, as well as helping to create the garlic herb butter sauce.
  • Parsley, thyme, rosemary, and oregano: Combination of any two or more of these aromatic herbs to add depth of flavor and a pleasant fragrance to the dish.
  • Onion and Garlic: Provides a strong, aromatic flavor that complements the chicken and herbs
  • Lemon zest & Lemon juice: Adds a touch of tanginess and brightness to the garlic herb butter sauce, balancing the richness of the butter.
  • Salt and pepper to taste: Basic seasonings that enhance the natural flavors of the chicken and other ingredients
  • Chicken broth or White Wine: this is optional 

How to make Garlic Herb Butter Chicken

  • Preheat oven to 425°F
  • Prep the chicken by removing the giblets, cleaning and patting it dry with a paper towel
  • Make the garlic herb butter by mixing softened butter with herbs, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  • Loosen chicken skin and spread butter mixture underneath and outside.
  • Stuff the cavity with onion, lemon, rosemary, and thyme. Tie legs with twine and tuck wing tips.
  • Tie the legs together with twine and tuck wings under the body.
  • Place chicken on a rack in a roasting pan, breast side up, and pour broth or wine into the pan. Roast until internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  • Let chicken rest for 15-20 minutes, then carve and serve.
Roasted Garlic herb butter sliced to show the beautiful texture of the chicken

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Garlic herb butter roast chicken made of?

Garlic herb butter chicken usually is made with chicken, with the skin on, garlic, and a mixture of butter and herbs such as parsley, thyme, and oregano. The chicken is typically seasoned with salt and pepper, and then cooked in a skillet or roasted in the oven with the garlic herb butter mixture to give it a flavorful, tender, and juicy taste. 

What is the best herb combination for chicken?

Many herb combinations work well with chicken. Mixing any two or more fresh herbs, such as parsley, thyme, rosemary, and oregano. These herbs provide a depth of flavor and a pleasant fragrance to the dish, making it a delicious and aromatic meal.

Can I use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs?

While you can use any chicken part, the bone-in, skin-on pieces help keep the meat moist and flavorful during roasting.

What can I substitute for unsalted butter?

You can use salted butter but adjust the added salt accordingly. Alternatively, you can use olive oil or a dairy-free butter substitute.

Can I use dried herbs instead of fresh?

Yes, you can use dried herbs, but the flavor may be slightly different. Use 1/3 the amount of dried herbs compared to fresh herbs.

How do I know when the chicken is cooked?

The chicken is cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C), and the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh.

Roasted garlic butter chicken served over white rice

What to serve with Garlic Herb Butter Roast Chicken?

There are a variety of meals that you can serve with Garlic Herb Butter Chicken. The possibilities are endless when it comes to enjoying Garlic Herb Butter Chicken. 

  • Sautéed Green beans: Even if you are a picky eater, this combination is sure to delight your senses. It is hearty,  delicious, and perfect. 
  • Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes make a delicious and comforting side, perfect for soaking up the flavorful juices from the chicken.
  • Roasted Vegetables: Roast vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and Brussels sprouts in the oven alongside the chicken for a flavorful and easy side dish.
  • Rice: Rice dishes such as brown rice, dirty Rice, Jollof rice taste absolutely divine with this easy Garlic Herb Butter Chicken Recipe.
  • Couscous: Fluffy couscous pairs nicely with the garlic herb butter chicken.

Storage and Reheating Tips 

How can I properly store Garlic Herb Butter Chicken to keep it fresh?

Have leftovers? Here’s what you should do first, let it cool down to room temperature. Once cooled, place it in a sealed container of the appropriate size to avoid crowding the chicken pieces and prevent spoilage.

It can be stored in the refrigerator for three to four days or in the freezer for up to three months. 

How to reheat Garlic Herb Butter Chicken 

Reheat the chicken by baking it in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for around 20-25 minutes, ensuring it is thoroughly reheated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit before serving. That way, you can enjoy your delicious meal again without any inconvenience!

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Oven Roasted Garlic Herb Butter Chicken served on a plate

Garlic Herb Butter Chicken

If you have been looking for a flavor packed chicken recipe, this Garlic Herb Butter Chicken is the one. Pair this with my creamy mashed potatoes recipe to fully enjoy the deliciousness of this meal.
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Keyword: Baked chicken, Butter chicken recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 238.4kcal


  • 1 whole chicken 3-4 lbs
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1/4 cup mixed fresh herbs combination of any two: parsley, thyme, rosemary, and oregano, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large onion peeled and quartered
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or white wine optional


  • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  • Remove the giblets and excess fat from the chicken cavity. Rinse the chicken inside and out with cold water, then pat dry with paper towels.
  • In a small bowl, combine the softened butter, chopped herbs, minced garlic, lemon zest, and lemon juice—season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Carefully loosen the skin from the chicken breasts and thighs, being careful not to tear the skin. Spread about 2/3 of the garlic herb butter mixture under the skin, covering the breasts and thighs. Rub the remaining butter mixture all over the outside of the chicken. Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper.
  • Place the onion quarters, lemon halves, rosemary sprigs, and thyme sprigs inside the chicken cavity.
  • Tie the legs together with kitchen twine and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken.
  • Place the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan, breast side up. Pour the chicken broth or white wine (if using) into the bottom of the pan. Roast the chicken for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and transfer it to a cutting board. Tent the chicken with foil and let it rest for 15-20 minutes before carving. This will allow the juices to redistribute and result in a juicier, more tender chicken.
  • Carve the chicken and serve.


Calories: 238.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.9g | Protein: 1.6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.9g | Trans Fat: 0.9g | Cholesterol: 60.4mg | Sodium: 8.5mg | Potassium: 172.8mg | Fiber: 2.4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1054.2IU | Vitamin C: 38.2mg | Calcium: 42.7mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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