- 3 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 500g new potatoes
New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…
- 140g large pitted green olives
- 1 lemon, quartered
Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…
- 8 fresh bay leaves
- 6 garlic cloves, unpeeled
- 4 large chicken thighs
- bag watercress or salad leaves, to serve
With deep green leaves, and crisp, paler stems, watercress is related to mustard and is one of…
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Pour the olive oil into a large roasting tin and add the potatoes, olives, lemon quarters, bay leaves and garlic. Toss everything together so it’s coated in oil and evenly distributed. Add the chicken thighs, skin-side up, and season.
Put the roasting tin in the oven and roast for 1 hr, basting with the pan juices halfway through cooking. After 1 hr, check that the potatoes are soft and the chicken is cooked through, then return to the oven for a final 15 mins to crisp the chicken skin.
Remove the roasting tin from the oven. Press down on the roasted garlic cloves with the back of a spoon, discard the skins, and mix the mashed garlic with the meat juices. Serve with watercress or your favourite salad leaves on the side.