Two Simple Herb-Roasted Chickens

Two Simple Herb-Roasted Chickens

We’ve included a basic herb combination in this recipe for roasting two chickens at once, but season your chicken with whatever herbs you like. Though we like to roast two chickens at once, you can also easily halve all the ingredients and just roast one.

From EatingWell: The Simple Art of EatingWell
Yield: 12-16 servings (depending on size of chickens)
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours


  1. 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, sage, rosemary and/or thyme
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  4. 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  5. 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  6. 2 4- to 5-pound whole chickens, giblets removed


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat a large roasting pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix herbs, garlic, oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl to form a paste. Rub the herb mixture all over the chickens, under the skin and over the breast and thigh meat. Tie the legs together with kitchen string. Place the chickens in the prepared pan, breast-side up, preferably not touching each other.
  3. Roast the chickens for 45 minutes. Rotate the pan 180 degrees and continue roasting until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, without touching the bone, registers 165°F, 45 minutes to 1 hour more. (Be sure to check the temperature of each chicken. One might be done before the other.) Transfer to a clean cutting board; let rest for 10 minutes before removing the string and carving (see How To).

Tips & Notes


Nutrition Per Serving: 165 calories; 7 g fat (2 g sat, 3 g mono); 69 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrates; 23 g protein; 0 g fiber; 206 mg sodium; 201 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus:

0 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 4 lean meat