Connie's roasted chicken with honey & thyme

Connie Ottman


Moist and delicious with a wonderful sauce, this recipe always turns out just right. Orginally off a recipe card from somewhere I don't remember, the recipe has been tweaked over the years to suit my family. You can use chicken legs, thighs or a whole chicken with this recipe. It's easy and, oh, so good!


★★★★★ 2 votes

15 Min
1 Hr 10 Min


  • 1
    chicken legs (you can increase or use a whole chicken)
  • 1
    kosher salt to taste
  • 1
    ground black pepper to tast
  • 1
    shallot, sliced
  • 1 bunch
    thyme, leaves
  • 1
    lemon, zest peeled in large strips
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1
    medium large onion, quartered
  • 2
    medium carrots, quartered
  • 2
    celery ribs, peeled and quartered

  • 3 Tbsp
  • 1
    freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp
    extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1
    shallot, minced
  • 2 tsp
    chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 tsp
    kosher salt
  • ·
    fresh ground pepper to taste

How to Make Connie's roasted chicken with honey & thyme


  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Gather ingredients.
  2. Season chicken cavity (or under legs) with salt and pepper.
  3. Stuff under skin with sliced shallot, half the thyme and lemon zest.
  4. Whisk honey and oil together in a small bowl.
  5. Dip remaining thyme in honey mixture and use it to brush the mixture all over the chicken. Set thyme aside; you'll use it later as a basting brush. Season bird with salt and pepper.
  6. Scatter onions, carrots and celery in roasting pan. Roast 50 minutes until just golden bown. Using thyme spsrigs as a brush, baste the chicken with the pan drippings; continue roasting (about 20 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted in the thigh registers 170 degrees.
  7. Sauce: Whisk roast drippings, lemon jusice, olive oil, honey, shallot, thyme, salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle sauce over chicken.

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About Connie's roasted chicken with honey & thyme

Course/Dish: Chicken, Roasts
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtags: #honey, #thyme

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