Rosemary and Thyme Roasted Chicken Breast

Fresh rosemary and thyme mixed with garlic and a little olive oil bring this succulent roast chicken recipe to life. Eating a well-roasted chicken is one of life’s simple pleasures and is a lot easier to make than you might think.

There are a couple of things that help this roast chicken recipe stand out. The first is cooking it in a 400℉ oven rather than the normal 350℉ helps to crisp up the skin on the outside and produces a more full-flavored bird. The second is using fresh herbs, which provide a lot more flavor than dried herbs.

This roast chicken works great as a centerpiece to build dinners around. If you want to cook a special dinner try this recipe along with our Savory Pancetta and Leek Bread Pudding or Roasted Rosemary Red Potatoes.

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Rosemary and Thyme Roasted Chicken

Rosemary and Thyme Roasted Chicken Breast

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Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


  • 2 chicken breasts, bone-in, skin-on
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rosemary
  • 1 1/2 tbsp thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt for the chicken
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp salt for brine


  • To start, we're going to brine the chicken, which helps to make sure it's nice and juicy. To make the brine mix 1 tbsp of salt with two cups of water in a bowl big enough to hold the chicken and the water. Drop the chicken in, making sure it's completely submerged, for at least 30 minutes.
  • While the chicken is brining prepare the herb mixture by finely mincing the rosemary, thyme, and garlic. Make sure to use fresh rosemary and thyme for this recipe; using fresh herbs makes a big difference in how the dish tastes. Mix the herbs and garlic together with the salt, pepper, and olive oil to form a paste.
  • When the chicken has finished brining, take it out of the water, and pat dry with a paper towel. Spread the herb mixture over the whole chicken, making sure to get some under the skin.
  • Roast the chicken in a baking dish at 400℉ for 32 to 36 minutes. The chicken is done when it is firm to the touch and cooked to 165℉. When you take it out of the oven cover it with foil and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
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