Lavender & Honey Roasted Chicken

by Chef Mark Tafoya

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This marinade is great for roasted chicken, duck, hens, or any poultry.  The sweetness of the honey and balsamic vinegar bring out the aroma of the lavender, and create a lovely brown glaze on the bird.  You may also use this as a glaze for grilling chicken pieces, but be sure to baste it near the end of the cooking time to ensure that the glaze doesn’t burn.

Makes about 1 cup of marinade

Ingredients

1 tablespoon thyme
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 teaspoon lavender
½ cup honey
1 ½ teaspoons marjoram
1 garlic clove, minced
1 shallot, minced
¼ cup aged balsamic vinegar

Whole chicken, chicken pieces, or smaller poultry such as a poussin, quail, or cornish hen

Equipment

Non reactive mixing bowl
Pastry brush
Roasting pan
Meat thermometer

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive bowl and stir thoroughly.

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Season a whole chicken or chicken pieces (leave the skin on) with salt and pepper. Roast the chicken for 30 minutes (reduce time for a smaller bird such as a poussin or cornish hen).

Baste with the lavender honey marinade every 5 minutes or so for an additional 30 minutes or until completely cooked. The bird is done when a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165° F. Do not overcook.

[Chef’s Note: Once the bird has browned nicely, you can cover it with foil until it is finished cooking to prevent the skin and marinade from burning. Once finished, you can brush additional marinade between the flesh and the skin.]

Recipe and photo by Mark Tafoya

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Colleen Robichaud March 13, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Can anyone tell me where I can purchase lavender honey (or even food quality lavender buds to make my own) in Saint John, NB?

Sue June 15, 2009 at 12:13 pm

We are a local organic lavender farm near Markdale, Ontario. We sell culinary lavender.

DebIFF July 18, 2009 at 11:56 am

Mark,

Was searching for lavender recipes to use up some of the lavender growing on our property here in Umbria and found these recipes. Can’t wait to try them!

Thanks
Deb

Chef Mark Tafoya July 18, 2009 at 12:09 pm

You’re just TRYING to make us jealous, aren’t you?? Enjoy!

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