Foolproof slow roast chicken

Foolproof slow roast chicken

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(225 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



    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



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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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22nd Jan, 2008
Nice chicken but I definately agree about the lemon overpowering the potatoes, I would definately try to keep them separate.
20th Jan, 2008
The chicken was so moist and tasty - def one to make again!
19th Jan, 2008
I was out of rosemary so used sage. It turned out juicy and delicious. Yum! :)
16th Jan, 2008
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.
15th Jan, 2008
I agree with Stowmarkate - potatoes were nowhere near cooked but couldn't fault the chicken!!
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14th Jan, 2008
Chicken was gorgeous and v. moist. Potatoes weren't cooked, though - will par-boil them & cut into smaller pieces next time.
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13th Jan, 2008
Really easy and very tasty. Also added some shallots.
6th Jan, 2008
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...
31st Dec, 2007
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!
4th Dec, 2007
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.


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