Chicken with sage, rosemary and garlic

by smth good on May 7, 2011

in meat&poultry

Expecting guests for lunch or dinner is a perfect occasion to roast a whole chicken. So, we decided to roast one with a mixture of sage, rosemary, lemon and garlic. It was fantastic!

Serves 6-8, prep. time 2 hrs and 15 minutes

Utensils: a baking tray with rack, a bowl


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 tbsp chopped sage leaves
  • 2 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 10 garlic cloves (4 cloves, diced)
  • 1 lemon, cut lengthwise in 6 slices
  • 1 onion (cut in big chunks)
  • 100 milliliters olive oil
  • 1 cup of dry white wine  or water
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 160º C / 320º F.

In a bowl, mix sage, rosemary, olive oil, sea salt, pepper and diced garlic (only 4 cloves).

If your chicken has neck and giblets inside, remove them. Rinse with cold water and pat dry with paper towels (inside and exterior).

Lift the skin from the chicken using your fingers (be careful not to tear it cause I did :) ) and spread the herb mix underneath, as evenly as possible. Spread the herb mix on the exterior as well.

Then, stuff the chicken with onion, lemon and remaining garlic.

Place the chicken onto the rack of a baking tray. Add the wine in the tray.

Put the tray into the oven and roast for about 2 hours.

Raw chicken should be handled carefully and never eat raw so check it to ensure that it is well cooked. Th internal temperature should be 82ºC/180ºF .

Serve with rice and/or vegetables. Enjoy!

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sarah May 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Looks fan-tastic!!


Christine May 7, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Looks great! I love chicken, so this is perfect for me.

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Kate@Diethood May 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Oh my, wow… my favorite way to have chicken is with rosemary and garlic… now sage! This is heavenly!!

Your photos are amazing…it looks like I can pick the chicken right off the screen.


Liz May 8, 2011 at 1:12 am

Gosh, such fabulous flavors for chicken. This looks wonderful :)


smth good May 8, 2011 at 5:56 am

@Sarah, Christine, Liz – thanks a lot!
@Kate – my favorite way to have potatoes is with rosemary and garlic, baked in the oven; so, this chicken was the next obvious step :D


ping May 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm

That’s a beautiful looking roast! And the pix are just gorgeous! I could eat that all by myself … forget the guests! Hehe … sorry, just got really hungry looking at it :D


smth good May 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm

@ping, yes, indeed, I could it by myself as well :) but it’s so damn difficult to admit it :) )


Ellie (Almost Bourdain) May 8, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Absolutely fantastic! Love the flavours.


something_good May 9, 2011 at 7:15 am

thanks, Ellie.


Cari May 9, 2011 at 3:41 am

Your chicken looks amazing! I would love to feature your recipe with full credits and links back to yours if you are keen! Please let me know via email!


Bunny Eats Design May 9, 2011 at 4:25 am

Looks good! I hope you made a gravy with all those lovely juices. I adore gravy. I’d eat it like soup if it was socially acceptable. I made gravy and roast chicken for my mother for Mother’s Day. It’s such a good crowd pleaser. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t love a good roast chicken (excepting vegetarians of course).


something_good May 9, 2011 at 7:15 am

@Bunny Eats Design, gosh, you shouldn’t mention the gravy (my nutritionist is watching :) )
I have to confess we made one with all those juices and it was super super tasty (and around 1 million callories) :)


Tiffany May 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I feel like I can almost smell these fresh herbs and garlic!


RavieNomNoms May 9, 2011 at 6:04 pm

THAT is a gorgeous chicken…looks really really great! I love having herbs and garlic on just about anything so this is just RIGHT up my alley!


Nami @ Just One Cookbook May 13, 2011 at 4:06 am

Hi Something_Good! I love the garlic & herb mix! This chicken must be very good…sometimes you don’t need a heavy taste like BBQ etc…I love the simplicity of this dish.


something_good May 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm

@ Tiffany, RavieNomNoms, Nami – thanks, ladies, for stopping by and for your kind words. Have a great weekend.


Eftychia June 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I usually cook chicken this way but instead of using rosemary I use thyme. The next time I will use your recipe. Thanks for sharing!


smth good June 13, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Thyme is gooood :) . I use it too in so many combinations.


Cathy September 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I thought I would leave commenting until I had made the roast! So it wasn’t for ages….
But first roast I have ever cooked (in my life) for my boyfriend and his family. Went down a treat they all loved it and couldnt believe i had never done one before.
Thanks so much it was gorgeous!


something_good September 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Cathy, I’m glad to hear it! It’s one of my favorite roasts :)


Mrs. Measurement September 16, 2011 at 1:26 am

I’ve been searching for a simple, yet delicious roast chicken recipe. This looks amazing! I have two whole chickens in the freezer that I have no idea what to do with. I can’t wait to try out your recipe. I’m sure it will turn out great.


something_good September 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Let me know how it turned out. A great weekend!


Shanelle November 24, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Thank you so much for this recipe! We are hosting a turkey-free Thanksgiving this year and the chickens aren’t even done yet and people are complementing us!


Sherlly December 5, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I made this for dinner last night with some potatoes in the pan with the chicken. It was really delicious! Easy and stress-free! Thanks!


something_good December 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Glad to hear it, Sherlly!


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