Foolproof slow roast chicken

Foolproof slow roast chicken

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 20 mins


Serves 4
Slow-roasting is a great way to keep the chicken nice and moist. Adding the potatoes to the roasting tin infuses them with plenty of flavour, too

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal634
  • fat27g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs56g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre5g
  • protein44g
  • salt1.76g
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  • butter, for greasing



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1.6kg chicken



    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 1kg roasting potatoes, halved or quartered if large



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 2 whole garlic heads, halved through the middle



    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…

  • 100ml white wine
  • 100ml chicken stock
  • 2 stems rosemary, broken into sprigs



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 6 bay leaves
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…


  1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Brush a large roasting tin all over with butter and smear some over the skin of the chicken.

  2. Place the chicken in the tin and arrange the potatoes around it. Put the halved garlic heads in the tin, pour over the white wine and stock, then cover with foil and place in the oven. Cook for 1 hr then remove the foil and give the potatoes a shake. Add the herbs and lemon wedges, then cook uncovered for 50 mins.

  3. Turn the heat up to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Cook for 30 mins more, then remove the chicken and potatoes from the pan. Cover the chicken loosely with foil and leave to rest on a plate for at least 10 mins before carving. Keep the potatoes warm. Serve with any pan juices.

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Comments (183)

sylvia's picture

This is the easiest meal to cook. Will be making often. As with others did find potatoes very lemony will put lemon in cavity of chicken in future. Also my potatoes did not crisp up enough for my family's liking so will probably roast the separately next time. Chicken was great though very moist and lovely flavour.

sknapton's picture

I didn't have any wine or chicken stock, so I added vegetable stock instead. Tasted delicious, & very easy to cook too!

phish960's picture

Absolute perfection. The chicken was wonderfully moist with the potatoes cooked beautifully. Great for a Sunday lunch, or even special occasions.

blackcurrant's picture

I use this method for roast chicken every week. The family love it. I don't do any of the extras, just the chicken in the stock cooked really slowly. Use the leftover stock to make gravy. Gorgeous!!! Also, gives you loads of time to get on with other stuff whilst the chicken is cooking.

noisysmurf's picture

This is a brilliant recipe. Have cooked as stated and and currently experimenting by cooking our Christmas turkey this way; smelling good!

rainbowrosebuds's picture

Having read previous comments I made some alterations to the recipe; I par boiled the potatoes for 10 minutes and cut them quite small and also put the lemon wedges inside the chicken to prevent over-lemony roasties. The stock and wine also dried up during cooking so I had to add more. Both the potatoes and gravy made with the juices had a lovely flavour and the chicken was well cooked. In future I would turn the heat up a bit higher during the last 30 minutes to crisp the potatoes a bit more.

lilygrace6493's picture

Brilliant moist chicken!!

bakedinfontenay's picture

I made this recipe today and even though I forgot the Bay leaves and the Rosemary, it was delicious.
The chicken was moist and perfectly cooked and the roast vegetables were perfect.
Thank you for posting this recipe.
p.s. being English I did put some balls of sage and onion stuffing in for the last half hour.

baldrych's picture

I thought I'd give this recipe another try, and I'm glad i did. I can't have followed the recipe as diligently the first time as I thought i had. This time it was delicious.

neepur's picture

I am indian and dont know a thing about roasting a chicken and this was my first attempt! delicious and moist... it was lovely!

baldrych's picture

I followed the recipe religiously, but was a bit disappointed in the result. I shall go back to my own way of preparing the chicken which relies on basting on a regular basting. I feel that covering it with foil means that it is more steamed than roasted.
The potatoes were cooked but not as soft inside as I like them, neither were they crisp and a rich brown.
I had no cloves of garlic, so I substituted a quartered onion and some chopped carrots. Those are two things that I'll carry forward.
There are some points about the 'sauce', and resultant gravy that are worth exploring, but, all in all, I'll pass on this one.
Now lets have a look at the double chocolate cheesecake. that looks lovely!!!!!

charlotte-cooks's picture

This was good, nice flavoured chicken. I put the lemon inside the chicken and did the potatoes separately using the ultimate roast potato recipe. I put carrots in with the chicken and they tasted amazing.

heathben's picture

Excellent!very tasty and had strength of flavours!was easy to do and will do it again defiantly.put the lemon inside the cavity instead

ally_2301's picture

The chicken was lovely and moist but the potatoes were not cooked. I had to put them back in the oven for 20 minutes and they were still a little hard. Next time I will cook the chicken the same but cook the potatoes separately.

thecakefairy7's picture

I don't like wine in cooked dishes, so I just use extra stock but I absolutely love this dish.
Sometimes I use a whole chicken and sometimes portions but either way, from the time I can smell it cooking to while I'm devouring it, my mouth is watering!

kennedyd1's picture

Mmmmm....yummy! Didn't add bayleaves....forgot! But added smoked Paprika and made a lovely gravy with the nice!

Tiffany1983's picture

This looked and smelled amazing, however I found the potatoes were a bit too bitter for my tastebuds with the lemons. The chicken was very tasty though, and my guests all loved it :-)

tarinb's picture

Loved it! We didn't mind the Lemony potatoes. Kids thought it was a game to find them! lol

colldoll's picture

This is extremely good. I cooked it just as it said and was perfect.

miffycat's picture

Have made this many times and did it again for lunch today. Followed the recipe except sat the chicken on thickly sliced onion and at the end I added more chicken stock to make fab gravy! Always a winner.


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