Provençal cuisine is all about taking advantage of fresh ingredients that are readily available in the region’s lush environment. Capture the essence of Provençal cooking with this fresh and easy chicken recipe, a staple in Provence’s kitchens.
Note: Herbes de Provence is easily purchased at any well-stocked grocery store, but you can get in touch with your French roots by making your own. Simply combine the following ingredients: 2 tablespoons dried savory, 2 tablespoons dried rosemary, 2 tablespoons dried thyme, 2 tablespoons dried oregano, 2 tablespoons dried basil, 2 tablespoons dried marjoram, 2 tablespoons dried fennel seed. Use what you need for this recipe, then store the rest in an air-tight container for future French cooking adventure.
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup herbes de Provence
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 3 1/2–4-pound chicken
- Lemon wedges (for serving)
Preheat oven to 475°. Mix garlic, herbes de Provence, oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Rub mixture all over inside and outside of chicken. Place on a wire rack set inside a roasting pan.
Roast chicken until skin begins to brown, 25–30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thigh registers 165°, 25–30 minutes longer. Let rest 10 minutes before carving. Serve with lemon wedges.
We recommend serving with fresh green beans sautéed in olive oil and garlic. Bon appétit!