Frenchie Basics: Simple Roast Chicken

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Well Guys, I am about to give you THE recipe for the simplest, the best roast chicken ever.

I remember when my mother had no particular time to cook, but wanted to offer us something savory and festive, roast chicken was the recipe to go. It’s the “set it and forget it” type of recipe with a little time to prepare and no surveillance during cooking time.


Let’s get started my frenchies !

Roast Chicken



Yield : 4/6 servings – Prep time : 15min – Cooking : 1h

What you’ll need



  • 1 Chicken (preferably organic, free-range)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of dry herbs mix (thyme, sage etc. Fresh herbs are the best obviously by dry is easier)
  • 1/2 tsp of paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 lemon well washed
  • 3 garlic cloves


First thing first, preheat oven to 450 F.

Then rinse the chicken and pat dry inside and out with a paper towel.

After that, you can put the chicken on the roasting tin.

Then, Pick the skin all over the chicken with the fork.

In the small bowl, combine the olive oil, the herbs, the paprika, the garlic powder and the salt and create the rub.

Then, cover the chicken on all sides and insides with the rub and place breast-side-up on the roasting pan. I like to truss my chicken because it ensures even cooking, but I’ve found this isn’t required if you’re short on time.

Stuff the cavity of the chicken with the lemon wedges and garlic cloves.

Roast at 450 F for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes dependent on the size. Keep the oven door closed the entire time. No basting is needed. Remove chicken from oven and use a meat thermometer to check that the thickest part of the breast has reached a temperature of 165 F. If you do not have a thermometer, just cut the chicken and take a look inside to see if it’s done. I should be white and and not dry.

Finally, allow the chicken to cool for 10 minutes then place on a cutting board and use a knife to section into parts. Serve immediately.

Et voilà!

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Author: Emilie Durand

Emilie is a French food lover, proud Parisian and founder of On her website, she shares delicious recipes, health tips and tricks. Her goal is to gather and share the habits and rules that have been used and approved by French people for decades. That means cooking your own meals efficiently, enjoying whole foods, eating mindfully and never ever using the word diet again while losing weight.

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  1. I made this for dinner this evening, and it was delicious! I couldn’t find a dried herb blend I wanted to use, so I bought a small packet of fresh herbs for poultry (sage, rosemary and thyme) and chopped them finely. I doubled the amount to 2T. and had about a tablespoon left. Next time I’ll just use it all. The flavor of the fresh herbs was so delicious, and my apartment smelled amazing while the chicken roasted! I found I had to use a little more oil with the fresh herbs but not much, about one additional teaspoon. Thanks for the great recipe, Emilie! I’m looking forward to trying more!

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