Roasted Chicken with Leeks

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Roasted Chicken recipe with leeks on a serving platter. Delicious moist juicy chicken covered with a herb butter and baked until golden brown

Simple juicy Roasted Chicken recipe with Leeks is one of my usual weekend go-to recipes. 

I almost always roast 2 chickens at once to use the leftovers for things like Chicken and Dumplings,  Chicken Noodle Casserole Skillet, or even Chopped Chicken with Gravy on a busy weeknight. The roasted chicken bones are great for Homemade Chicken Stock.

Herb Butter under and over the chicken skin ensures a delicious moist and juicy chicken every time even for the breast. Plus the best crispy chicken skin ever!

Here's how to make Roast Chicken with Leeks:

A small white bowl with butter, minced garlic, lemon zest, fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, sage, and salt.

To make the Roasted Chicken with Leeks herb butter combine: 
  • 1/4 cup Softened Butter
  • 5 cloves Minced Garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Zest
  • 2 teaspoons Chopped Fresh Thyme
  • 2 teaspoons Chopped Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Sage
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

Butter with herbs and lemon zest in white bowl.

Stir together until well combined.

A whole chicken in a roasting pan with a hand holding up chicken skin and one hand with herb butter going under skin.

Rinse Chicken, and pat dry. 

Rub half the butter herb mixture under the chicken skin over the breast.

A whole chicken in a stainless steel roasting pan with leeks and the chicken is covered with herb butter.

Place a quartered Lemon into the cavity. Rub remaining butter mixture over the chicken skin. Tie legs together with kitchen string. 

Cut the dark green tough part off of 4 leeks. Slice leeks in half and wash well. Toss leeks with 1 tablespoon Olive Oil, and 1/4 teaspoon of Salt and Pepper. Spread leeks in bottom of roasting pan. 

Roast Chicken in a 425 degree oven, basting every 20 minutes to promote even browning, until thickest part of thigh reads 170 degrees, about 1 hour 25 minutes.

Roasted Chicken in the back ground on a platter and cauliflower rice and mashed yams in bowls at the front with a sprig of rosemary and sage on a wood board.

Simple juicy Roast Chicken with Leeks is a dinner time favorite in our house. The flavors are incredible, yet simple to make.

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Yield: 5

Roasted Chicken with Leeks

Roasted Chicken with Leeks

Roasted Chicken recipe with Leeks is a juicy dinner time favorite from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
Prep time: 15 MCook time: 1 H & 25 MTotal time: 1 H & 40 M


Herb Butter Mixture
  • 1/4 cup Butter, Softened
  • 5 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 teaspoons Grated Lemon Zest
  • 2 teaspoon Fresh Thyme, Stems Removed and Chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Fresh Rosemary, Stems Removed and Chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Sage, Stems Removed and Chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
Roasted Leeks
  • 4 whole Leeks
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
Juicy Roasted Chicken
  • 6 pound Whole Roasting Chicken
  • 1 whole Lemon, Quartered


How to cook Roasted Chicken with Leeks

Herb Butter Mixture
  1. Mix all ingredients together until well combined, and set aside.
  1. Slice dark green parts, and root off of leeks. Leaving only white, and light green parts. Slice leaks in half length wise and rinse well.
  2. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place leeks in bottom of roasting pan.
Juicy Roasted Chicken
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Rinse chicken, and pat dry.
  3. Rub half of the herb butter mixture under the skin over the top of breasts.
  4. Place lemon into chicken cavity. Rub chicken all over with remaining butter mixture. Tie legs together with kitchen string.
  5. Place chicken in pan over leeks.
  6. Baste chicken, and leeks every 20 minutes with pan juices, until thickest part of chicken thigh reaches 170 degrees, about 1 hour 25 minutes.
  7. Cover and rest 10 minutes before slicing.
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Juicy Roasted Chicken with Leeks recipe is a family favorite way to roast a whole chicken.

Juicy Roasted Chicken with Leeks is a delicious way to bake a whole chicken with a lemon herb butter from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.


  1. Hi
    You are only using 4 tablespoons of butter, with a teaspoon of salt would the butter mixture be too salty.

    1. Hi Jackie, Most the butter melts off as it bakes, so not all the butter or salt stays on the chicken. Also the butter helps to distribute the butter over the chicken. Think of it more like a teaspoon of salt to one chicken.

  2. I made this recipe yesterday. I used 2 large chicken breast instead of a whole chicken. Yum


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