8 servings (serving size: about 4 1/2 ounces meat)

Chef John des Rosiers prefers to marinate his chickens for two days to allow the flavors of the herbs to infuse the chicken. We found that even a four-hour soak yields satisfying results. Roasting the chicken at a high temperature seals in juices and keeps the meat tender. Use sturdy kitchen shears to easily cut the chickens in half.

How to Make It

Step 1

Remove and discard giblets and necks from chickens. Rinse chickens with cold water; pat dry. Trim excess fat. Place chickens on a cutting surface. Split chickens in half lengthwise. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breasts and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat.

Step 2

Combine rosemary and remaining ingredients except cooking spray. Rub mixture under loosened skin and over breasts and drumsticks. Place chicken halves in large zip-top plastic bags; seal and marinate in refrigerator 4 hours or up to 2 days.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 500°.

Step 4

Remove chicken halves from bags. Place chicken halves, skin sides up, on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 500° for 30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into meaty part of thigh registers 175°. Remove chicken halves from pan; cover and let stand 15 minutes. Discard skin.

Ratings & Reviews

LadyShay's Review

June 05, 2014
Made this last night and my kitchen is still recovering from the smoke-filled oven. I didn't cut the chicken in half but simply butterflied it, otherwise I made the recipe exactly as written, marinated it first for 2 days. A 500-degree oven for 30 min. made a huge mess, and I really didn't care for what it did to the bird. For one thing, the breast meat was too dry . . . and the texture of all of it was just not the same as a chicken roasted at a more "normal" temperature. I'm surprised that other reviewers didn't have the same experience.

MWhets's Review

August 19, 2013
I used this recipe to marinate some chicken breasts before grilling. I used fresh herbs, and only marinated for 2 hours. It was delicious!

ChristineOCliff's Review

December 27, 2012

theloo007's Review

December 12, 2010
Awesome Recipe and very simple! I would highly recommend getting the herbes de provence because it is a very versatile seasoning that you can use over and over again (Great on Roasted Potatoes). I baked a 5 lb chicken for about 2 hrs at 350, it came out golden and delicious! I also roasted some turnips, parsnips and carrots on another rack, simultaneously. Definitely making this again!

KLWWW32's Review

November 17, 2009
This chicken was fantastic! I only marinated it for 24 hours and instead of the fresh herb mixture, I used a handful of dried Herbs de Provence with the garlic, pepper, salt, and oil. I was surprised with how fast it cooked... only 35 min and it was tender and juicy. Definitely the best chicken I've ever roasted. I think this is a staple in our house. I liked cutting the chicken in half because my husband and I cooked one half last night and are planning to cook the other half tonight. Perfect for two people.