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Herb Roasted Chicken with Cranberry Barley Pilaf

The variety of textures and flavours in this hearty pilaf pair beautifully with the French-inspired herbs in this mouthwatering roast chicken.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 min


Roasted Chicken

3 lb whole chicken
2 tbsp butter, softened
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp mustard powder
1 tsp thyme, dried
1 tsp marjoram, dried
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper

Cranberry Barley Pilaf

½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup unsweetened apple juice
2 tbsp canola oil
½ onion, medium, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
8 mushrooms, quartered
¾ cups pearl barley
2 cups chicken broth
½ cup almonds, toasted

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. Remove and discard giblets and neck from the chicken. In a small bowl, combine butter and seasonings; mix well.

  3. Set chicken, breast side up, on a rack in a foil-covered roasting pan. Using your fingers, gently separate the skin from the meat over the chicken breast and legs. Spread half of the herb butter under the skin. Spread the remainder over the skin on the wings, legs and breast. Tuck the wing tips under the back and tie the legs together with cotton string.

  4. Cover the chicken loosely with a tent of foil and roast until a thermometer inserted into the breast meat reads 180°F (82°C) (about 90 minutes). Remove from oven and let stand 15 minutes before carving.

  5. While the chicken is cooking make the barley pilaf. In a small bowl, soak cranberries in apple juice for 30 minutes.

  6. In a large skillet, heat oil and add onions, garlic and mushrooms. Cook until tender.

  7. Stir in cranberries, apple juice, barley and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until barley is tender and liquid has been absorbed (about 30 minutes).

  8. Remove from heat and stir in almonds. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with the chicken.

Nutrition Info

Per 400 g serving Amount
Protein47 g
Fat56 g
Saturated Fat16 g
Carbohydrate34 g
Fibre6 g
Sugar11 g
Cholesterol185 mg
Sodium430 mg
Per 400 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A10
Vitamin C15
Vitamin B650
Vitamin B1239