Roast Herb and Garlic Chicken

Rather than rubbing butter over chicken before roasting, here a paste of fresh herbs and reduced-fat ricotta cheese is pushed under the skin. This keeps the roast herb and garlic chicken beautifully moist as well as adding a wonderful flavour.

Source: Cook Smart for a Healthy Heart, Reader’s Digest Canada


Servings Prep Time Cook Time
4servings 15minutes 1 3/4 - 2hours
Servings Prep Time
4servings 15minutes
Cook Time
1 3/4 - 2hours
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  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grate the rind from the lemon, then cut the lemon in half. Hold the chicken on end in a small roasting pan and squeeze the lemon juice inside the cavity. Push the lemon halves inside the cavity and sprinkle in half the rind.
  2. Place the chicken in the pan, breast side up. Very carefully ease your fingers under the skin, starting at the neck end. Loosen the skin over the breasts and thighs, without breaking it.
  3. Combine the coriander, parsley and garlic in a blender or food processor and process until finely chopped. Add the ricotta cheese, remaining lemon and pepper, and process again briefly to mix. Push the paste under the skin, easing it along so that it covers the breasts and thighs evenly in a thin layer. Secure the end of the neck skin by folding the wing tips underneath it.
  4. Cover the chicken with foil and roast for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and roast, uncovered, for a further 1–1 1⁄4 hours or until the juices run clear when a knife is inserted into the thickest part of the thigh. Baste once or twice with the pan juices.
  5. Tip the chicken so that the juices can run out of the cavity into the pan. Set the chicken aside on a wooden board to rest. Skim all the fat from the surface of the juices in the pan, then bring to a boil on top of the stove. Add the wine and bring back to a boil, scraping up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Boil the pan sauce for 1 minute. Season with pepper. Carve the roast herb and garlic chicken and garnish with lemon slices and sprigs of coriander or parsley, and serve with the pan sauce.
Recipe Notes

Per serving: 276 calories, 36 g protein, 12 g total fat, 4 g saturated fat, 135 mg cholesterol, 1 g total carbohydrate, 1 g sugars, 1 g fibre, 153 mg sodium

Garlic contains sulphur compounds that may speed the breakdown of carcinogens, which are cancer-causing substances.