Royal Engagement Chicken Recipe |
Royal Engagement Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

The BEST EVER Roast Chicken Recipe, garlic-y, butter-y perfection.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: roast chicken
Servings: 8
Calories: 551 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 1 4-5 pound roasting chicken giblets removed and patted dry
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 lemons cut into quarters
  • 2 whole heads of garlic cut in half
  • 2 spanish onions peeled and cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch or flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Season the inside of the chicken with salt and pepper. Place half a lemon and half a head of garlic inside the chicken with a few sprigs of thyme and rosemary. Reserve the remaining lemon, garlic and herbs for later.
  3. Brush the entire surface of the chicken with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season liberally with salt and pepper.
  4. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine and tuck the wings under the body.
  5. Place the chicken in the roasting pan breast side up.
  6. Place the remaining lemon, herbs and garlic in a large bowl with the onion. Toss to coat with the remaining olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Arrange the onions and lemon around the chicken in the roasting pan. 
  8. Roast the chicken for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and thigh. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter and cover with foil to keep warm.
  9. Place the pan on the stove and turn the heat to medium-high. Add the wine to the pan and deglaze by using a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the cornstarch over the sauce and cook for 30 seconds.
  10. Add the stock to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes until the sauce thickens. Stir in the butter and any juices that collected on the serving platter. 
  11. Carve the chicken and serve with the lemons, onions and pan sauce.
Recipe Notes

Best if served the same day it's made.

Nutrition Facts
Royal Engagement Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 551 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 168mg56%
Sodium 852mg37%
Potassium 0mg0%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 0IU0%
Vitamin C 0mg0%
Calcium 0mg0%
Iron 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.