Summer Roast Chicken

A whole roast chicken with herbs on wooden board.
Making the perfect roast chicken is easier than it sounds, and this recipe is a guaranteed winner. Flavoured butter nestled under the chicken skins packs in lots of flavours and results in a juicy bird.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Dinner
Servings 4 people


  • 1 Waitoa Free Range whole bird 1.5 kg
  • 200 g salted butter softened
  • ¼ cup Superb Herb thyme, parsley and sage chopped
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and minced


  • Preheat your oven to 180° C.
  • In a bowl, combine the softened butter with the chopped herbs. Zest the lemon and orange into the bowl, add the garlic and pepper, then stir to combine.
  • Place the chicken into a roasting tray. Use your hands to carefully loosen the skin from the chicken, while keeping the skin in tact. Next, take handfuls of the butter and place all over the chicken beneath the skin. Spread out until the chicken is evenly covered.
  • Chop the lemon and orange in half, and place in the cavity.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes per 500g, then remove from the oven and rest for 10 minutes before carving.
  • Serve with new spuds and a green salad.
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