Foolproof slow roast chicken

Foolproof slow roast chicken

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(224 ratings)

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



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  • 1.6kg chicken



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  • 1kg roasting potatoes, halved or quartered if large



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  • 2 whole garlic heads, halved through the middle



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



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  • 6 bay leaves
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges



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  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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20th Jan, 2009
This is definately my favourite Sunday lunch! The chicken is so tender and tastes devine! I add the juices in with my gravey mix as this gives it a lovely flavour. It is also very easy to make. A real winner in our home.
Frantic Flapjack
19th Jan, 2009
This was very good, but instead of putting the butter on the skin, I pushed it under the skin and the result was a moist chicken. I cooked roast potatoes separately and they crisped up nicely. Also served with roasted carrots and parsnips and sprouts.
7th Dec, 2008
The best. I usually do the potatoes on their own and add extra stock to the remaining liquid with a bit of flour to thicken and then strain for top notch gravy. Like i said, the best!
17th Nov, 2008
This turned out fantastic! I did the potatoes fairly small, and tucked the lemon on and around the meat istead of the potatoes due to other peoples comments. was so juicy and the flavour in both chicken and pots were really lovely. Would definatley reccomend it.
1st Nov, 2008
I add parsnips and carrots after an hour. Lovely!!!
24th Oct, 2008
I made this last evening and it was amazing! I did find that the potatoes did not not get as golden as I would hve liked. I removed the chicken and turned up the oven and let the potatoes cook a little longer until browned. I also added a bit more chicken stock to the pan and thickened with "thickening granules". Very yummy! I was not planning on having guests for dinner, but I did!They said it was the best chicken they had ever had!
1st Oct, 2008
This really is the best roast chicken yet! Will do this again and again. I left the skins on the potatoes for extra flavour.
29th Sep, 2008
Cooked to perfection - including the potatoes - did leave them in for a little longer while the chicken rested and turned once or twice during cooking and came out great - this really is a super easy and tasty receipe - highly recommend to even the most novice of cooks
14th Sep, 2008
I don't understand why this is so highly rated. Ok the chicken is good but the potatoes are useless. Siting in all that liquid is never going to make them nice and crispy. I'm in the middle of cooking chicken this way for a change to see if it is easier and I've taken the potatoes out into a separate tray now to crisp them up. They are certainly nice and soft in the middle, but simply not good enough to serve that way! So in short, decent chicken - roasting over long periods on a low temp will invariably give great results, but useless potatoes.
20th Aug, 2008
Never cooked roast chicken before, i made this and was surprised at how easy it was. The chicken was gorgeous and moist, the potatoes very tasty. Would recommend this to anyone.


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