21 July 2023

Garlic Butter Thyme Roast Chicken

Garlic Butter Thyme Roast Chicken

Servings 6



  • 4 teaspoons butter softened
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed or finely grated
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper


  • 4 teaspoons butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup low salt chicken stock
  • pinch pepper


  • 1 whole chicken 1.5 kg
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1 small onion quartered
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary


Garlic Butter - In small bowl, stir together butter, garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper.

    Roast Chicken - Sprinkle cavity of chicken with salt and pepper; fill with onion, thyme and rosemary. Rub chicken all over with Garlic Butter. Place, breast side up, on greased rack in roasting pan.

    • Roast in 190°C oven for 45 minutes, baste and continue to roast, basting occasionally, until instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 85°C, about 30 more minutes. Discard contents of cavity. Using tongs, tip chicken to pour juices into pan. Remove chicken to platter; cover loosely with foil. Let rest for 20 minutes before carving.

    Gravy - Meanwhile, tilt pan so juices collect at 1 end. Skim fat from surface, reserving 1 tbsp. In small bowl, stir together butter, flour and reserved fat; set aside. Place pan over medium heat; whisk in wine. Cook, whisking and scraping up browned bits, until reduced by half, about 1 minute.

    • Whisk in stock, bring to boil. Gradually whisk in butter mixture, 2 tsp at a time, until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Strain through fine-mesh sieve; stir in pepper. If necessary, stir in enough boiling water to loosen and yield 1 cup gravy. Serve with chicken.
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