Lemon, Garlic and Fresh Herbes de’Provence Roasted Chicken and A Slice of Chocolate Cake

Lemon, Garlic and Fresh Herbes de'Provence Roasted Chicken by Spicie Foodie | #lemon #garlic #herbedeprovence #france #roastedchicken

Who doesn’t love a golden, tender, juicy, crispy skinned, perfectly roasted chicken? I think it is a difficult meal for many to resist. I roast a whole chicken quite often and so it is one of my go-to meals, which has also become one of our favorites.

Chicken is great for taking on the flavours of whatever spices and herbs you pair it with. The possibilities of spices and flavours are endless, each time creating a completely new sensation for your taste buds. But it also tastes wonderful with a simple sprinkling of salt and ground black pepper.

Lemon, Garlic and Fresh Herbes de'Provence Roasted Chicken by Spicie Foodie | #lemon #garlic #herbedeprovence #france #roastedchicken

One of the main reasons why roasted chicken is one of my go-to meal is because of the little effort it takes to prepare. I conjure up the particular spice and/or herb mix I’m in the mood for, rub it all over the chicken, and plop it in the oven. Virtually forgetting about it until the savory scents draw me to the oven for a quick peek or when the timer goes off. It’s always easy, simple and most importantly, satisfying!

Lemon, Garlic and Fresh Herbes de'Provence Roasted Chicken by Spicie Foodie | #lemon #garlic #herbedeprovence #france #roastedchicken

The inspiration for this roasted chicken came from our trip to the organic meat shop. This particular day they also had packets of fresh herbes de’Provence. Immediately I was inspired to pair them alongside lemon and garlic for our roasted chicken dinner. The package contained fresh thyme, sage, rosemary and tarragon. I’ve only ever used the dried herb mix so I was excited to work with the fresh herbs.

Lemon, Garlic and Fresh Herbes de'Provence Roasted Chicken by Spicie Foodie | #lemon #garlic #herbedeprovence #france #roastedchicken

Instead of precise measuring I cooked by feel allowing my taste buds and nose to lead the way. Please feel free to adjust the amounts to your personal preference.

Lemon, Garlic and Fresh Herbes de'Provence Roasted Chicken by Spicie Foodie | #lemon #garlic #herbedeprovence #france #roastedchicken

5.0 from 8 reviews
Lemon, Garlic and Fresh Herbes de'Provence Roasted Chicken
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A bouquet of fresh French herbes de'Provence gives this lemon and garlic roasted chicken an exquisite taste. Easy to prepare and your family will love it!
Recipe type: Dinner, Chicken
Cuisine: Dinner, Chicken, French, Fusion
Serves: 4-6
  • Chicken Ingredients:
  • 2 kilo or 4 lb whole chicken, excess fat removed
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • fresh herbes de'Provence*, finely chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 500 gms fresh baby spinach, rinsed
  • 6 garlic, thinly sliced or minced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • lemon juice, optional
  1. Chicken Instructions:
  2. Preheat the oven to 200c or 392 and prepare a large baking dish for the chicken, set aside. In a bowl combine the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, herbs, salt and black pepper. Mix it well and taste before rubbing it onto the chicken, adjust to desired taste.
  3. Rub the herb mix all over the chicken carcass, making sure to also flavor the cavity. A great way of adding extra flavor to your roasted chicken is by gently separating the skin away from the meat, then using your hand or a spoon rub the spices and/or herbs directly onto the skin. Next place the chicken onto the baking dish, roast in center of oven for 2 hours or until the juices run clear and the meat is tender and falls off easily. During the roasting time baste the chicken with it's juices and never allow it to dry out. If it begins drying out, cover with aluminum foil and continue to cook.
Spinach Instructions:
  1. Heat a little bit of olive oil in a large pan and once warm saute the garlic until soft. Add the rinsed baby spinach to the pan and cook until wilted. Sprinkle in some salt and black pepper to taste. If you'd like you can also add a little bit of lemon juice to the spinach -- it gives it a great taste.
  1. Once the chicken is cooked through allow it to sit for 10 minutes before carving. Serve with spinach and mashed potatoes, or vegetables of your choice.
*I used 2 stalks each of thyme, rosemary, sage and tarragon. But be sure to taste the herbs individually to see if you like the taste and how much of it you want in your chicken.


Lemon, Garlic and Fresh Herbes de'Provence Roasted Chicken by Spicie Foodie | #lemon #garlic #herbedeprovence #france #roastedchicken

The chicken tasted of lemon, garlic and a little bit of each of the herbs I used. This is one roasted chicken version that will definitely be on our dinner table again. (I prefer dark meat, it has so much more flavour.)

Lemon, Garlic and Fresh Herbes de'Provence Roasted Chicken by Spicie Foodie | #lemon #garlic #herbedeprovence #france #roastedchicken

As a special treat for dessert we also purchased a couple of slices of this decadent chocolate cake. The bottom cake layer tasted just like a brownie and the top thick chocolate layer had nuts. To quote my husband “This is one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever eaten!” It truly was.

See not everything at the Spicie Foodie home is a spicy meal.:) Some days simple, comfort food like this really hits the spot. Have a great Wednesday amigos.


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  1. says

    Oh yes! Roasted chicken is one of our go-to meals, as well. It’s easy, it’s “cheap” and everyone loves it. I never put it on parchment paper though. It doesn’t burn at the high heat? I made the mistake of using parchment paper for my salmon and I put it on broil to crisp up a little when the paper started to smolder! Duh.

  2. says

    Gosh nancy you are torturing me with your chicken. I am out of chicken today otherwise I d be fine and go to my kitchen and make this now. I am all for the provencal flavors, in fact I am addicted to flavor combinations that involve lemon, garlic, olive oil and herbes de provence.

    • says

      It’s a wonderful combination that brings out all of the flavours wonderfully. I hope you can get some chicken soon to give this a try. Thanks Helene!

  3. says

    Ohhhh loved the red background. It’s makes the dish looks so vibrant!!! Loved the presentation and the photography :)

  4. says

    I love roast chicken! I don’t make one every week, but many. It’s a great meal, and the leftovers are so useful. Lovely photos & good stuff – thanks so much.

    • says

      That’s too bad Evelyne, maybe you can change that.:) Lol, it’s actually a thin slice, since it’s so wide. But you do have to have a good chunk of butter on mashed potatoes.:)

  5. La Torontoise says

    Babby spinach! Love it! This looks like a simple, quick, yet spectacular meal; will do it this weekend! I use organic chicken. Look forward to it!
    Thank you!
    Al the best.

  6. says

    Looks like a beautiful roast chicken. I have never worked with herbs de’provence…but with a chicken this delicious … I must.

  7. says

    What a perfectly roasted chicken! I usually make up my own herb mix, but I just bought a jar of herbs de provence, so it looks like I know what I’ll be using it on this week. We’re planning on grilling our chicken so I might have to adapt this recipe for the grill instead of the oven. It looks too wonderful to pass up!

    • says

      I do too MJ, that way I know exactly what’s going into the mix. Saying that I do always keep a pre-mixed pack of herbs de’Provence. Enjoy your chicken this weekend –grilled would be awesome! xx

  8. says

    Your chicken look fabulous Nancy…love the spices…and yes finishing this wonderful meal with a slice of chocolate cake is just perfect.
    Hope you are having a lovely week :)

  9. says

    Love roasted chicken with fresh herbs and make it a few times a month, thanks for your recipe to try-it’s just looks so good for dinner!
    Your photos are gorgeous Nancy and now I’m also dreaming of having that perfect piece of chocolate cake for dessert tonight ;-)

  10. says

    That looks like a perfect roasted chicken! We eat very little chicken now since I started buying responsibly raised, it’s so expensive to feed Organic a family of 6! When I do buy a whole chicken we really make it stretch by serving lots of veggies on the side and using the bones to make a broth.
    That cake looks heavenly ;}

    • says

      That’s too bad about the price being so high, I really believe good quality and ethically raised food shouldn’t be affordable to everyone. But that’s great that you stretch it out with veggies. Besides vegetables are healthier than meat, right?:) Thank you Gwen!

  11. says

    I am totally with you on that – a roast chicken is one of the best meals, and it’s a go-to of mine as well. Love your spice blend!!

  12. says

    This entire meal looks so delicious and satisfying… the color on your chicken is gorgeous and I love wilted spinach. I have recently resurrected mashed potatoes – what a timeless classic ;-).

  13. says

    Hi Nancy, I sure love your roasted chicken, look extremely good. I like the charred part, must be very delicious and fragrant. The chocolate is awesome, very chocolatey.
    Best regards.


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