Homemade Method

Easy Whole Roasted Chicken with Gremolata

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Serves: 4


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August 26, 2017Anna Rakoczy
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Serves: 4


  • 1 ea 4-5lbs Chicken
  • ¼ cup Unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tbs Minced Parsley
  • 2 tbs Minced fresh garlic
  • 2 tbs Minced lemon peel/zest
  • ¼ cup Olive oil
  • to taste Kosher salt, fresh ground pepper


  • 1)

    Preheat oven 425°, arrange a rack in the middle.

  • 2)

    For the Gremolata: Using a vegetable peeler, remove peel in long strips from lemon. Mince lemon peel. Transfer to bowl and mix in parsley, garlic, salt and olive oil.

  • 3)

    Preparing the chicken: Remove the chicken giblets (if applicable). Rinse the chicken inside and out. Trim any excess fat and pat the outside dry.

  • 4)

    Separate the skin from the meat in the breast and legs using your fingers, then add the gremolata or herb mixture, liberally. Drizzle the outside & under the skin of the chicken with the butter, then liberally sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  • 5)

    Tie the legs together with kitchen string (or dental floss!) and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken.

  • 6)

    Roast the chicken for 1 hr 15min, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Halfway through cooking baste the chicken by coating with its juices.

  • 7)

    Let rest for about 20 minutes, covered with tin foil.

  • 8)

    Once rested, cut chicken into parts and serve alongside roasted vegetables!


~Gremolata is traditionally a mixture of minced lemon peel, garlic and parsley. However, thyme or rosemary can be substituted for the parsley. You can also add all three herbs for herb roasted chicken.

~Once all the meat has been taken from your chicken carcass, you can use the bones to make stock! Just add your bones, ½ cup of celery, ½ cup onion, and ½ cup carrots along with any other vegetable or herb scraps you have to a pot. Cover with cold water, and let simmer for at least 4 hours or overnight. Once finished, strain!

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