Grandpa’s Herb Roasted Chicken


In early September I visited Chicago for back to back wedding weekends. While I was there, I had the pleasure of stopping in and spending the day with my grandpa. He lives in the most beautiful modern home that he designed, overlooking a scenic, wooded backdrop. I love visiting that house as I have so many memories of it, and my grandpa has been doing some serious remodeling that is making it a dream house for mid-century lovers like me!

While sitting around the kitchen table, Grandpa Tom pulled out his old recipe binder filled with tried and true recipes that he loved to make for him and Grandma Ginny. Some of them I had remembered, and my Aunt Marilynn mentioned that she had made many herself out in California. One recipe that really got me excited was Grandpa’s roasted chicken.


This roasted chicken recipe was so simple and fresh sounding, I just had to take advantage of having a full family around to help me eat it! Stuffed with lemons, limes, and onions and glazed with butter and sesame oil, the chicken gets SO juicy and tender. I added my own twist by covering it with herbs, which I felt added a little more flavor into the chicken and made the skin extra special.


If you need something easy to make that will feed a family, look no further than this chicken! It’s about 10 minutes of prep and an hour of baking – you can’t find a simpler, homemade dinner. Thanks Grandpa Tom for the visit and the lesson on cooking!


See below for the recipe for Grandpa’s Herb Roasted Chicken.

Grandpa's Herb Roasted Chicken

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 4-5 lb. Roasting Chicken
2 Tbs. Melted Butter
2 Tbs. Sesame Oil
1/2 Lemon
1/2 Lime
Small Yellow Onion, quartered
About 1 tsp. of each Thyme, Sage, Oregano, Salt, Pepper

Let your chicken rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 425 deg F. Rinse and dry the chicken and place into a roasting pan or a large pot with the breast side up. Stuff the chicken with the lemon, lime, and onion. Brush the chicken with butter and sesame oil. Mix all of the spices together and rub over the entire chicken. Bake the chicken in the oven for 1 hour, or until the chicken reaches 160-165 deg F.

Recipe by Bunny Baubles Blog


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