Foolproof slow roast chicken

Foolproof slow roast chicken

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(164 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 20 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • butter, for greasing
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

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

  • 1.6kg chicken
    Chicken

    Chicken

    chik-en

    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
    Potato

    Potato

    po-tate-oh

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

  • 2 whole garlic heads, halved through the middle
    Garlic

    Garlic

    gar-lik

    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

    Rosemary

    rose-mar-ee

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

  • 6 bay leaves
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

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

Method

  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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v-lucas
7th May, 2012
5.05
Really easy and very tasty- the chicken was lovely and succulent with a nice crispy skin.
cebryder
29th Apr, 2012
4.05
this was very good, but beware of using the juices for the gravy, it'll be very lemony!! we used charlotte potatoes and they cooked no problem. very moist chicken and we would certainly have it again.
maddywhyler
28th Apr, 2012
Really nice chicken - it was very juicy! I would recommend to either only use half the lemon and squeeze it on the chicken and put it inside with the herbs, or not to use it at all! It made the potatoes taste slightly odd! Also used a little bit more stock and wine :) Was really nice though!
lfletcher1511
16th Apr, 2012
3.05
Only three stars from me, the chicken was beautifully cooked, tender & moist. However the potatoes were a soggy mess, even after being put in the oven separately in an attempt to crisp them up. Had to scrap them and do another lot which was a real waste.
supercoolleese
9th Apr, 2012
4.05
easy peasy and delicious!
blacklabrador
25th Mar, 2012
Using forsecond time but only had red wine open! Brilliant last time and potatos so tasty.May an odd colour with the red!!
noisysmurf
25th Mar, 2012
5.05
I meant toxic to cats:)
noisysmurf
25th Mar, 2012
5.05
Just cooked this again for the 3rd time. It's amazing! So easy. I added some new charlotte potatoes and quartered some red onion instead of garlic as we use the leftovers for the cats. (Garlic is to is to cats). Also used white wine vinegar instead of wine. We had with salad, couscous and cold pesto pasta as it was a hot sunny day. Wonderful. Will definitely cook again and have with salad during the summer months.
annturner28
11th Mar, 2012
5.05
I just made this and it was brilliant, my poatoes were perfect and I followed the advice given and put my lemon inside the chicken. I will be making this again very soon.
whats4t
11th Mar, 2012
Hello Karen, Normandy potatoes? sound nice, recipe please? Just assembled chicken dish as above, in the oven at moment, curious to see how potatoes will "roast" in stock and wine but sounds lovely anyway, I put lemon inside chicken with half a red onion, also added small pieces of parsnip with carrot and potatoes, might as well go for it while the the oven is in use!

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