Roasted Lemon-Balm Chicken


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With a fresh and surprising taste and aroma, this is no ordinary roasted chicken.

In the Kitchen: Lemon Balm

For best aroma and taste, use fresh lemon balm leaves. The herb is used whole, crushed, or chopped in beverages, fruit cups, teas, jams, salads and dressings, sauces, and soups. Add chopped fresh leaves to fish, chicken, or mushroom dishes or mix into soft cheese, as well as vinegars, wines, and liqueurs.


2 tablespoons olive oil
15 to 20 lemon balm leaves on sprigs
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
salt and pepper, to taste
1 large roasting chicken
1 teaspoon paprika


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a large roasting pan with the olive oil. Trim the lemon balm leaves from the sprigs. Set the sprigs aside. Chop two-thirds of the leaves and combine them with the butter, salt, and pepper. Loosen the chicken’s skin in several places and insert lemon balm butter underneath. Rub the chicken with salt, pepper, and paprika. Insert the lemon balm sprigs into the chicken cavity. Place the chicken breast side down in the prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes, then turn the chicken over. Bake for 20 minutes longer. Strew the remaining lemon balm leaves on the chicken before serving.

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Makes 4 to 6 servings

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The many uses for lemon balm

The many uses for lemon balm in cooking.

Your recipe says to rinse

Your recipe says to rinse chicken and that is "a no no"!!! It spreads bacteria!!

So, you will cook a un-

So, you will cook a un- rinsed chicken that may have been dropped on the floor or mishandled before packaging? Have you ever been to a chicken farm?? Disgusting! THAT'S 'a no-no' in my book! That's why you use 'bleach' or a cleaner after you rinse the chicken! If there IS bacteria, the bleach will kill it. Sheese!!

I agree - I was raised on a

I agree -
I was raised on a chicken farm. Chickens are a nasty animal. When we gathered eggs we washed them for shipping and our own use.
The handling of chicken meat was to wash in cool water pat dry with paper towel then prepare and cook. Wash down was always with bleach or strong soap depending on what you used. Keep utensils separate from other items you are cooking. Salmonella is mean. Clean and Dispose!!!!

As always, a recipe is a

As always, a recipe is a guideline. We edited this recipe. The comment about rinsing the chicken was confusing. We do agree that it's best to avoid spreading around raw chicken bacteria on counter surfaces and such. Cooking the chicken fully will kill the bacteria on it own. It is advisable, if you do rinse/wash chicken, to wipe down all surfaces and utensils using a bleach solution. We do hope you will enjoy the recipe.

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