Organic Balsamic Chicken Roaster with Fresh Herbs and Lemon Recipe

Monday, July 16, 2012
I just love fresh herbs and this year I planted everything we love. What a great crop so far. Fresh rosemary, Italian basil, parsley, mint, dill, and oregano. We also planted a fig, lemon, key lime tree. Then we have a crop of tomatoes, corn, peppers, and cucumbers. Every summer my dad use to have a huge garden, the fresh tomatoes were like eating candy so sweet! I just love making everything with the freshest ingredients whenever possible, even the chicken is organic! I freeze all the herbs in ice cube trays and just drop them into stews in the winter months. You can also wash and freeze them in freezer bags for your favorite sauces and a fresher taste well after the summer is over.

I usually add water in the bottom of the pan to keep the bird juicier while cooking.

These are my herbs growing all in one big pot on the patio.  

1- 5lb organic roasting chicken 1 lemon sliced and pitted

3 cloves minced garlic

celery stalk

1 sprig each oregano, rosemary, basil, parsley

aged balsamic vinegar (balsamic vinegar 18 years aged is what I used)

olive oil

salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste

Clean the inside of the chicken removing bag and cutting the neck off. Rinse well under cold water.

Place 1 minced garlic clove inside the chicken cavity along with 2 lemon slices, add a cut up celery stalk. pour a small amount of olive oil and balsamic vinegar inside the chicken around 2 tablespoons each. Then do the same on the outside of the chicken, drizzle balsamic vinegar over the tops of the legs and evenly over the bird. Place the herbs on the of the chicken and some inside. Sprinkle with salt pepper, cayenne, rest of the garlic and place lemon slices on the top. Spray rack of roasting pan with cooking oil. Add some water to the pan for steam while cooking. Roast around 2 hours on 300 degree low heat over covered for the first half-hour. Remove foil turn heat to 375 degrees and cook till the bird is golden brown and juices run clear when pierced with a fork around another 45 minutes or so. the celery and lemons inside the chicken. Slice and put on a serving plate with lemons on top for garnishing.

Do you like chicken? Here are some other recipes you may enjoy:

Chicken Cacciatore Wings with Chickpeas
Baked Coconut Spiced Chicken (has a secret ingredient!)
Chicken Wine Primivara Sauce and Pasta
Cornflake Coated Chicken Drummies
Grilled Beer Orange Chicken
Glazed Orange Chicken
Baked Honey Orange Chicken
Leftover Roasted Chicken


  1. Your roasted chicken looks great :) Bye, have a good week

  2. Your chicken does look amazing. I love lemon on chicken like that. And all those fresh herbs; I could just dive in. It's delicious.

  3. flavourful and aromatic looks delicious

  4. Annette and I have been having roasted chicken about once every 2 weeks lately. I will have to give this version a try, lots of good flavors in this one.

  5. This chicken looks amazing...sounds super good with fresh herbs! Yours look so bountiful! I like to use roesmary stuffed inside the cavity while roasting. My rosemary grow very well in my yard. I can't seem to grow a key lime tree, but my lemon tree is doing well. You are lucky I love key limes. How big does a fig tree get?

  6. Your chicken looks delicious! I'm really enjoying all the herbs in my garden too. It's funny how I never used to like herbs as a child. I guess it's something one appreciates with age.

  7. This roasted chicken looks amazing with herbs. I will try this chicken recipe soon.

  8. This sounds like a very flavourful way to roast a chicken.

  9. I make roast chicken every week. I have never done it like this. It looks just like a barbecued one! I love the herbs you have used.
    Organic chicken tastes so much better than non-organic one.
    Ciao bella!

  10. Dear Claudia, Simply beautiful. I love growing fresh herbs, especially since they are too expensive in the stores.
    The chicken looks beautiful, full of flavor.
    Have a beautiful afternoon and keep cool. Blessings dear friend. Catherine xo

  11. wow I love your herb garden! this chicken looks so refreshing and Good!

  12. Your amazing roasted chicken with the fresh herbs, is totally amazing, and mouthwatering. With awesome homemade roasted chicken like yours, who would want to get take-out?


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