Lavender, honey, lemon and thyme is an intoxicating combination. Their fragrance seems to take all drama out of the day, you can almost make believe you’re in the warm sunny Mediterranean. Roast chicken is perhaps the most comforting of all home cooked meals, combine it with these ingredients and you have a very special offering. This recipe is an adaptation of one by Rachel Khoo of The Little Paris Kitchen. It’s lovely, it makes you feel happy and turns the ordinary into extraordinary. Do try it. Culinary lavender seems to be available pretty easily these days, I found mine in Target!
Roast Chicken with Lavender and Honey.
adapted from a recipe by Rachel Khoo
1 4lb chicken, organic if possible
2 tablespoons culinary lavender
1/3 cup runny honey
A generous handful of fresh thyme
1 garlic bulb
Heat the oven to 375 F
In a bowl mix together the honey, lavender, juice and zest of 1/2 a lemon.
Dry your chicken and place in a roasting pan. Rub the marinade all over the chicken, give it a nice massage. Stuff the chicken with a 1/4 of a lemon and a few cloves of the garlic bulb.
Sprinkle over a few fresh thyme leaves, tuck the rest of the lemon and garlic bulb around the chicken. Place in the oven and roast for approximately an hour to an hour and a quarter basting frequently. If the top of the chicken is browning too quickly place some aluminum foil over the top.
When the chicken is fully cooked, remove from the oven. Cover with foil, allow to rest for 10-15 minutes. Remove to a platter and serve.