Roasted Lavender Honey Glazed Chicken Recipe

Ultra flavorful glazed roasted chicken with lavender, herbs, honey and balsamic vinegar. Jump to the Roasted Lavender Honey Glazed Chicken Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.

Roasted Lavender Honey Glazed Chicken Recipe

Sweet, earthy and sticky. This chicken is so good. I know lavender and chicken might sound a little odd, but trust me, it’s seriously good. We first experienced the lavender honey combination at a little restaurant in Virginia. It was the Red Fox Inn in Middleburg if you are ever in the area ?

They served us quail glazed in a combination of herbs, lavender and honey. It was sticky, earthy and a little sweet. We loved it. The idea really stuck with us because it was years ago that we ordered that quail and now we’re sharing our spin with you.

Lavender is pretty strong, but when you combine it with something sweet — like the honey — it works well. I also love acid in food, which is why we add a hefty amount of balsamic vinegar to the glaze.

Roasted Lavender Honey Glazed Chicken Recipe

If you can find it, use chicken that still has the bone in and the skin on. The final result will be more tender and juicy. We’ve made this with a whole chicken that’s been quartered as well as just drumsticks or chicken thighs.

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We made these for an entire gluten-free menu featured in maché magazine’s Holiday Issue and love it served alongside this Creamy Roasted Parsnip Puree Recipe.

Recipe updated, originally posted December 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Roasted Lavender Honey Glazed Chicken Recipe

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Lavender is pretty strong, but when you combine it with something sweet — like the honey — it works well. You can find culinary grade lavender in spice and tea shops as well as online.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

You Will Need

1 (5 to 6 pound) chicken, quartered

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

2 teaspoons dried lavender

1 tablespoon dried thyme

1 tablespoon dried rosemary

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 cup pure honey

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar


    Position an oven rack towards the middle of the oven then heat oven to 400 degrees F.

    Season chicken quarters with about 1 teaspoon of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Place, in one layer, onto a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.

    Meanwhile, add lavender, thyme, rosemary, red pepper flakes, honey and the balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan over medium low heat. Whisk until well blended. When warmed through, remove from the heat and set aside.

    After 20 minutes of roasting, baste the chicken with the lavender honey glaze every 5 minutes until the chicken is cooked though and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reads 165 degrees F, an additional 15 to 20 minutes.

    Remove chicken from the oven, loosely cover with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Depending on where you buy your chicken, the weight will vary. For our recipe, we call for a 5 to 6 pound chicken, which is quite large. That said, the recipe will still work for smaller chickens (3 1/2 pounds). The bake time will just be slightly less.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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18 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Christina July 6, 2021, 9:38 pm

    I’ve made this so many times, we love it so much. I honey brine the chicken first. Excellent recipe.

  • Trudy July 9, 2020, 4:03 pm

    I found this recipe over a year ago searching for lavender and chicken…what a find! I have made this many many times , year round, and its one of hubby’s top requests. I always use a whole organic chicken that I quarter and bake in my trusty Falconware pan (thanks Jaime Oliver)…Its 100% perfect as written. Thank you Adam & Joanne for this delicious and simple recipe!

  • Irene Plevritis August 15, 2019, 12:14 pm

    I love this recipe so much I did a trial run with a turkey because I thought it would be awesome for thanksgiving. AND, it worked! I will be using for thanksgiving this year. Thank you so much for this fantastic recipe?

  • Louise September 10, 2018, 11:14 pm

    This chicken is incredible. I’ll enjoy it year-round, but it has a nice, light spring/summer flavor. Wouldn’t change a thing!

  • Kram Richard April 23, 2018, 10:23 pm

    Worked quite well modified for whole chicken. Makes a beautiful lacquer-like presentation. Will add to favorites.

  • Fotis July 11, 2017, 3:57 pm

    Very good and delicious recipe. already added to our favorites. Thanks for sharing.

  • Erika August 14, 2016, 8:18 pm

    This recipe was fantastic!! Thanks for sharing it! I used chicken breasts and it was just as good! Paired with a Caesar salad.. Yum yum! Thank you again!

  • Gia July 31, 2016, 11:12 am

    What sides would you recommend pairing this with?

  • MP August 15, 2012, 3:54 pm

    Would this work the same for just chicken breast?

    • Joanne August 20, 2012, 1:16 pm

      Yes, absolutely. Watch the cooking time, though. Since we made this with bone-in chicken, it takes longer than if you were to use boneless chicken breast.

  • LLH Designs January 18, 2012, 1:44 pm

    Thank God for Google! I was in the mood for chicken with honey and couldn’t find the inspiration I was looking for until I found this. AMAZING! My family says this recipe is a keeper! I’ll be sharing your blog and these recipes with readers and friends today!

    Thanks so much!

    • Joanne January 18, 2012, 2:54 pm

      you’re so sweet!

  • Krysta N. January 14, 2012, 8:43 pm

    I’m excited to try this soon – I once had a sweet lavender-glazed turkey dish at a cafe that was DIVINE. I have dreamed about it ever since, but haven’t worked up the energy to experiment and replicate it. I’m going to see how close this recipe is and hope that my longing can be satisfied. 😀

  • Anna December 28, 2011, 10:48 pm

    I have used rosemary with chicken a lot of times, and always ended up a hit on the flavor department. Now, I am ready to try lavender. Looks like an amazing combination. Great for New Year’s dinner.

  • 2peasandapot December 28, 2011, 6:09 pm

    This looks really delicious. Love the herb coating.

  • Cathy @ Savory Notes December 28, 2011, 4:41 pm

    Lavender + honey is such a classic combo, but I’ve never thought about putting them together on chicken before. What a great idea!

  • Cookie December 28, 2011, 3:12 pm

    I’ve never had lavender in food before but I’m tasted it in tea. It’s yummy!


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