Roast Chicken with Mustard Vinaigrette


This is fairly easy recipe that I chose because I have TONS of fresh rosemary & sage growing next to my house (though nothing else). It was quite good and Mika proclaimed it very loudly to be the BEST CHICKEN EVER. I thought it was good, not amazing, but I’ll defer to her opinion 🙂 The recipe, as usual, comes from

Roast Chicken with Mustard Vinaigrette

    For the vinaigrette

  • 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt or more
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • pepper

For the chicken

  • 1 5-6 lb chicken
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 fresh rosemary springs
  • 2 fresh sage sprigs
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh sage, chopped

Make the marinade by whisking together the vinegar, mustard, sugar and salt. Slowly add the oil, whisking constantly, until it emulsifies. Season with additional salt & pepper if needed. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Pat the chicken dry. Season the cavity with salt and pepper. Place the shallot and rosemary & sage spring inside the cavity.

Loosen the skin on top of the breast and thighs and spread 2 Tbsp. of the vinaigrette under the skin. Tie the legs of the chicken together and tuck the wings under its body. Place chicken in a roasting pan. Brush 2 Tbsp. vinaigrette over the chicken and sprinkle with chopped rosemary and sage. Season with salt and pepper.

Pat chicken dry. Season cavity with salt and pepper. Place shallot, 2 rosemary sprigs and 2 sage sprigs in cavity. Slide hand between chicken skin and meat over breast to form pockets. Spread 2 tablespoons vinaigrette under skin over breast meat. Tie legs together to hold shape; tuck wings under body. Place chicken in roasting pan. Brush 2 tablespoons vinaigrette over chicken. Sprinkle with chopped rosemary and sage. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook for 20 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 375°F. Cook until the chicken achieves an internal temperature of 165°F and the juices run clear, about 1 h our. Remove and let rest for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with remaining vinaigrette.

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One Comment on “Roast Chicken with Mustard Vinaigrette”

  1. marga says:

    I just made this again today. The chicken wasn’t ready after an hour, so allow at least 15 to 20 extra minutes for it.

    Still, it was very good and Mika raved about it (again).

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