“Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes” (Rosemary Garlic Roast Chicken)

Did you know the fastest climbing #1 hit record in history was “Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes”?  It was.  Deemed a one-hit wonder, the song was lip-synched by The Greenfields — aka Edison Lighthouse.

Music history aside, rosemary tops the charts at my house, too.

This Rosemary Garlic Roast Chicken is infused with flavor and, best of all, it’s easy peasy.

Rosemary Garlic Roast Chicken

1 whole roasting chicken

Olive oil

Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper

2 sprigs of rosemary (reserve one for garnish)

1 whole head of garlic

Preheat oven to 325° F.

Remove giblets and neck from chicken cavity.  (Save “parts” to simmer for stock, or discard.)

Rinse chicken inside and out with cool water; drain, then pat dry with paper towels.

Place the chicken breast-side-up in a shallow roasting pan; rub skin with olive oil.  Season liberally with salt and pepper.

Insert one rosemary sprig into the chicken cavity.  Cut the garlic head in half horizontally (peel & all) and insert into cavity with rosemary.

Lasso the legs together :) — truss or tie the drumsticks together with kitchen twine.

Roast uncovered for 2 hours (adjust roasting time as needed, depending on the size of your chicken — mine was 5 pounds) and baste once, halfway through cooking time.

Chicken is done when juices run clear.  (Test by slicing between the drumstick and thigh; if in doubt, use a meat thermometer.)

Remove twine; discard rosemary and garlic.

Transfer chicken to a warm platter and garnish with the remaining rosemary sprig.

(For a printable version of this recipe, please click here.)

By the way, Rosemary is alive and well…

And growing.

Enjoying life’s musical interludes,

~ Kim


20 thoughts on ““Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes” (Rosemary Garlic Roast Chicken)

  1. That’s your Rosemary bush???!!! It’s huge. I took a hand at growing it last year and it was 3 little stems. I’m doing something wrong. Speaking of..is it wrong if I just wanted to place my mouth on that chicken as if I were a dog and eat? Just sayin’, that looks so good.

  2. Oooh, what I’d give for that rosemary bush! I’ll bet it perfumes the whole area. I always have a bunch in my fridge. The song title sounds familiar … must be one of those things mum used to sing to herself when pottering about the house.

  3. I love rosemary… I can almost smell the chicken from your photos. While I don’t think I’ll be doing any roasting today, I might have to go out in the garden and pick some rosemary just to make my hands smell good. :)

  4. Only today did I speak with two different women friends about herbs, and both had very different opinions of rosemary.

    One HATED IT! I acknowledged that it can be overpowering. The other appreciated it when wielded properly. I am in the latter category.

    Your chiLcken looks so savory and comforting; wonderful pics, Kimby.

    • Ann, my “tuckered out” notation had to do with the impending Daylight Savings Time switch. Lol, I started a day early — we moved the clocks ahead tonight! The Springtime transition messes with me… at least I can take a nap tomorrow AND Sunday! :)

  5. Rosemary can make any dish yummier. I am going to have to try this.

    I have never heard that song…sounds interesting.

    And your rosemary looks lovely! I must do an herb garden this year. :)

    • Christy, I believe that song was popular before you were born. :) My “herb garden” consists of a one-hit wonder, too — the rosemary plant is the only inhabitant so far. But I’m planting basil, oregano, cilantro, sage, dill, parsley… a symphony of flavors!

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