Bistro Roast Chicken

Bistro Roast ChickenRecipe
Photo: Raymond Hom; Styling: Pamela Duncan Silver
Fresh herbs, butter, and Dijon mustard provide big flavor in this simple roast chicken. It first cooks breast side down, then is turned over to finish cooking. This method ensures moist breast meat. Look for a bird labeled "roasting chicken" or "roaster"—these usually have more meat and are more tender than broiler-fryers.


Serves 5 (serving size: about 4 ounces meat)
Total time: 1 Hour, 55 Minutes

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 15 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 55 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 262
Fat 8.7 g
Satfat 3.3 g
Monofat 2.5 g
Polyfat 1.5 g
Protein 42.5 g
Carbohydrate 0.6 g
Fiber 0.1 g
Cholesterol 143 mg
Iron 2.2 mg
Sodium 556 mg
Calcium 32 mg


2 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
4 teaspoons butter, melted
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (4 1/2-pound) roasting chicken
Cooking spray


1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl.

3. Remove giblets and neck from chicken; discard. Trim excess fat. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Rub herb mixture under loosened skin and over breast and drumsticks. Tie legs together with kitchen twine. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under chicken. Place the chicken, breast side down, on the rack of a broiler pan or shallow roasting pan coated with cooking spray; place rack in pan.

4. Bake chicken at 375° for 40 minutes. Carefully turn chicken over (breast side up). Bake an additional 40 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the meaty part of thigh registers 165°. Place chicken on a cutting board; let stand 10 minutes before carving. Discard skin.

Also featured in: Cooking Light, November 2008;