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)

weeble's picture

I have made this dish a few times. It's been a great success every time.

lucyfer's picture

As a few comments had mentioned that the potatoes were a bit undercooked, I par-boiled my for ten minutes before I put them in. It worked well and the chicken was really moist and really tasty. I was very impressed.

annemiek's picture

I'm actually a vegetarian but I do cook meat for my family who are not and they absolutely loved it. I cooked the potatoes seperately, parboiled and then roasted in the oven. I left out the sage since I found out on a sunday that I didn't have any, but just the rosemary seemed to be working really well.

carolshepherd's picture

This is a lovely recipe. Whilst the chicken was resting for 15 minutes, I returned potatoes to a high oven and then they were perfectly cooked. To prevent the potatoes being too lemony I rested the lemon wedges on the chicken and not nestled in with the potatoes. Will make regularly I'm sure.

silverhill's picture

i didnt add any of the vegetables nor the bayleaves as i did mashed and normandy potatoes instead. I added fresh rosemary and lemon wedges along with the wine and chicken stock. I followed the cooking instructions and it was absolutely cooked to perfection. The legs broke off the bone, they were so tender. Highly recommended, for a change.

elli34567's picture

This recipe is brilliant...I'm a student so as you can imagine the facilities I have are really poor and with this being my first roast I was really impressed with how 'fool-proof' it actually was. In regards to lemony potatoes, I put the lemon inside the cavity of the chicken and it worked beautifully! Yum!

jodiegeorge's picture

I cooked this a week ago. The chicken was lovely, moist and full of flavour, but nobody in my family liked the potatoes, although i did cut them up small as i had read some previous comments. The gravy was also lovely. Would make this again, but would probably use veg instead of potatoes, and just make my own roast potatoes on the side.

sambaker's picture

Tried and tested today with my family, chicken was moist and flavoursome, potatoes were infused with flavour - delicious recipe and I have been told I can definately cook it again.

littlelouise's picture

Nice chicken but I definately agree about the lemon overpowering the potatoes, I would definately try to keep them separate.

berryt's picture

The chicken was so moist and tasty - def one to make again!

wildspiritart's picture

I was out of rosemary so used sage. It turned out juicy and delicious. Yum! :)

shaz0618's picture

Very easy to do and the flavour is fabulous. The chicken stays very moist. I would agree with the previous comments about the potatoes they need to be chopped small.

julieperry's picture

I agree with Stowmarkate - potatoes were nowhere near cooked but couldn't fault the chicken!!

kateherd3's picture

Chicken was gorgeous and v. moist. Potatoes weren't cooked, though - will par-boil them & cut into smaller pieces next time.

fayfumbs's picture

Really easy and very tasty. Also added some shallots.

bevdownes's picture

Lovely recipe and very very easy! Agree with the comment about the overpowering lemon flavour though and so I will be making sure that the lemon is next to the chicken rather than in with the potatoes. The chicken was delicious...

molliebee's picture

I made this this evening for New Year's Eve dinner and was really lovely - however, I used whole carrots instead of spuds and I couldn't find the bottle opener to open the white wine so used Kirsch cherry liquer instead, and used loads - it was gorgeous, the carrots soaked up the flavour of the kirsch and it wasn't strong, lovely and mild - will definately do with the Kirsch again!

dean_tanya's picture

One of the easiest recipes I have ever made, but conveniently, also one of the most impressive! I have never had chicken so juicy and flavoursome. My one caveat is that any potatoes that were sitting right next to a lemon wedge were overwhelmingly lemony. Next time, I'm going to leave the lemon wedges nestled up to the chicken instead.

towrie's picture

Really easy roast chicken. Minimum hassle and flavours were excellent. Will definately make again.

sallyallars's picture

Delicious recipe and very easy to do - just pop it in the oven and forget about it. Love the way the flavours all mingled together. Totally recommended. Will make this one again and again.


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