Garlic & Herb Butter Roast Chicken with Vine Tomatoes

Serves 4

Whatever the season, this fresh take on garlic herb butter roast chicken is such a tasty way to prepare a whole chicken. The garlic and herb butter infuses the skin and the meat with a really fantastic flavour. Serve with a crisp salad or hearty roasted veg and enjoy your butter garlic roast chicken together with the whole family.


1 Bird & Barrow Free Range Chicken

100g room-temperature butter

2 garlic cloves, finely diced

Zest of 1 lemon

1 tsp fresh thyme leaves

½ tsp dried or 1 tsp fresh oregano leaves

Handful fresh parsley or coriander, finely diced

1 tsp salt

8–10 vine tomatoes

300g new potatoes, halved

2 courgettes, cut into bite-sized pieces

Handful fresh thyme (additional)

Olive oil

Sea salt and cracked black pepper


  1. Place the butter in a bowl along with the garlic, lemon zest, herbs and salt. Use a fork to mash together and mix well until all ingredients are incorporated evenly.
  2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Rub the herb butter all over the chicken. Lift the skin around the cavity and gently to push butter right up under the breast skin.
  3. Drizzle the potatoes and tomatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place around the chicken on an oven-proof tray. Scatter the fresh thyme on top.
  4. Roast for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Drizzle the courgette pieces with olive oil and add to the tray. Roast for around 20 minutes more or until the chicken is well-browned and the juices run clear when a skewer is inserted into the thickest part of the thigh.
  5. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving and carving.

Serving Suggestion

To enjoy this delectable dish, pair the garlic herb butter roast chicken with your favourite sides like roasted vegetables, creamy mashed potatoes, or buttery dinner rolls.

The juicy chicken and flavourful herb butter will complement any accompaniment, creating a delicious and satisfying meal.

Whether you’re hosting a special dinner or simply craving comfort food, this butter garlic roast chicken is sure to please.

Treat yourself and your loved ones to the comforting flavours of Bird & Barrow Free Range Chicken and true home-cooked goodness.