Nutmeg, Tarragon Roasted Chicken

The ultimate flavor packed perfect roasted chicken.
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One look at this perfectly browned roasted chicken when it’s out of the oven and you will be sure to pinch a piece of it and pluck it into your mouth. And I won’t blame you. After all, you will be drooling from that aroma of the nutty sweetness of nutmeg coupled with the bittersweet flavor of tarragon and sweet fennel that has been permeating throughout the house. The chicken is very tender and juicy and will be a new favorite of anyone who eats it.

The original idea for a nutmeg seasoned chicken was from a Weber grill book. I remember being skeptical about adding the flavor to grilled chicken. It was a great recipe. Since making their version of the grilled chicken, I have worked diligently to create this recipe. Some notable differences – the fresh tarragon, fresh grated nutmeg, and addition of fennel. These changes took the flavor profile to another level. Also I normally roast it in the oven, but it can be easily grilled over indirect heat – whole or butterflied.

Note that bake time will vary even when you cook it in the oven. I like to take the chicken internal temperature to 175 degrees – recommended safe temperature for chicken starts at 165 degrees. Also the oven temperature will determine how long to cook – I use a lower temperature at 350 degrees so for my four pounder, I was able to achieve 175 degrees in just under 1 1/2 hours.

I served this chicken with my Smashed Duck Fat Roasted Fingerling and my Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts.

I hope you will try this recipe and enjoy it as much as we do. Happy Cooking!

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5 from 2 votes

Nutmeg, Tarragon Roasted Chicken

The ultimate flavor packed roasted chicken recipe. An easy entree that is fit for any day or holiday dinner table.

Course Dinner, Entree, Gluten-free, Main Course
Cuisine American, Baked, Chicken, Easy, Gluten free Cuisine, Low Carb, Roast
Keyword American Cuisine, Baked Chicken Recipes, Chicken Marinade, How to bake a perfect whole chicken, Low carbs recipes, Marinade, Whole Roasted Chicken
Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 46 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 364 kcal
Author Yasmin Jackson


  • 4 pounds chicken (1 whole chicken) Remove and reserve any included giblets for another use.


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon leaves finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic crushed
  • 3 teaspoons sea salt or kosher. Adjust for your diet.
  • 3 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds


Preheat oven 350F. (I used the roast setting).


  1. In a small bowl, add all the marinade ingredients. Use a small spoon to mix together to form a lose paste.


  1. OPTIONAL: rinse and dry chicken thoroughly.

  2. Place the chicken on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

  3. Place the chicken on the lined sheetpan.

  4. Use the marinade to season the chicken thoroughly, including inside the cavity.

  5. Bake/roast the chicken until it reaches 175 degree internal temperature (or your prefered temperature – no less than 165 degrees). I baked my 4 pounder for 1 1/2 hours.

  6. Remove the chicken from the oven and tent loosely with aluminum foil. Rest for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting.

  7. Plate and serve with your favorite side dish. [See recommended sides in notes section]. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Video Tutorial available – link in summary.

I served this recipe with:

Smashed Fingerling Potatoes

Stovetop Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Nutrition Facts
Nutmeg, Tarragon Roasted Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 364 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 109mg36%
Sodium 1266mg55%
Potassium 329mg9%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 252IU5%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 Comments Add yours

  1. I often cook chicken with tarragon. They pair so well together. The addition of nutmeg and fennel seeds is brilliant. I’ll give it a try next time. 🙂

    1. julietkitchen says:

      Thanks Ronit. It’s truly special.

  2. Kate says:

    What step am I adding the marinade?

    1. Julietkitchen By Chef Yasmin says:

      Step 4 where is says season the chicken. Use the marinade to do this. Thanks. I will up date the recipe to say use the marinade in step 4. Appreciate your question. Best Regards.


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