- Thaw your chicken a few hours in advance by placing it in a bowl of cool (not hot!) water. To speed the process, replace the water with fresh water once in a while.
- Preheat oven to 500°F. Place chicken on a wire rack inside a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. The chicken breasts should be in the middle of the pan so it cooks evenly.
- Using a pastry brush, brush the chicken with olive oil, about one to two tablespoons.
- Then in a small bowl, combine chopped herbs with salt, pepper, and an additional splash of olive oil, and rub the mixture into chicken to evenly.
- Into the oven! You’re using a high-heat method, so you’ll roast about 45 minutes (the thickest part of the breast close to the bone should be about 150°F). As it cooks, if it’s getting too dark too fast, reduce the heat to 450°F.
- Now the jus! While your chicken is cooking, add a splash of olive oil to a cast-iron or stainless steel pan, and heat it over high. When it’s shimmering, add onion and carrot and continue stirring often until browned. Add the bay leaf, then add the white wine and a cup of water. Scrape the bottom, reduce heat, and continue cooking for 20-25 minutes. Strain out solids and return liquid to pan. Boil until all but ⅓ cup is evaporated. Whisk in lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, butter, salt, and pepper.
- Remove chicken from oven and let rest. Internal temperature should reach 165°F for safe consumption. Plate beautifully. This is a wonderful chicken. Serve with jus.