Engagement Herb Roast Chicken |

Engagement Chicken

Engagement Chicken, an herb roast chicken, has that magical home-cooked goodness that will make your sweetheart fall for you all over again.

Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 270 kcal
Author Tara Leung


  • 1 (5-6 pound) whole chicken
  • 1 lemon, washed and cut in half
  • 1/2 sweet onion, cut into 2 pieces
  • 4-5 cloves garlic (no need to peel)
  • sprig each of marjoram, thyme, and sage, plus additional for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped sage
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped marjoram
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Remove giblets and set aside for another use or discard. Pat chicken completely dry with paper towels. Place chicken in a large oven-safe skillet or roasting pan, breast side up.
  3. Stuff the cavity of the chicken with the lemon halves, onion pieces, garlic, and a sprig of each herb. Tie the legs together with cooking twine.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together oil, chopped herbs, salt, and pepper. Rub the mixture all over the entire chicken.
  5. Roast for 1 hour 15 minutes. Rotate the skillet or pan halfway through the roasting time if you notice one spot browning more than the rest. To check if the chicken is done: Check the temperature in the inside part of the thigh, between the leg and the breast, for an internal temperate of 165 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer, poke the meat in this spot with a knife to check the juices run clear.
  6. Let rest at least 10 minutes before carving. Serve with pan juices.