Foolproof slow roast chicken

Foolproof slow roast chicken

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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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1.6kg chicken
    Turkey

    Turkey

    terk-ee

    While it's the traditional Christmas bird, turkey is good to eat all year round, though…

  • 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…

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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julieperry
15th Jan, 2008
4.05
I agree with Stowmarkate - potatoes were nowhere near cooked but couldn't fault the chicken!!
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kateherd3
14th Jan, 2008
4.05
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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fayfumbs
13th Jan, 2008
5.05
Really easy and very tasty. Also added some shallots.
bevdownes
6th Jan, 2008
4.05
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
31st Dec, 2007
5.05
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
4th Dec, 2007
5.05
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
2nd Dec, 2007
5.05
Really easy roast chicken. Minimum hassle and flavours were excellent. Will definately make again.
sallyallars
1st Dec, 2007
5.05
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.
hewettg
26th Nov, 2007
5.05
This recipe is absolutely superb. Very easy to follow and tastes great. I made gravy from the juices in the pan with white wine, chicken stock and gravy granules which went down very well indeed
glenystalbot
26th Nov, 2007
5.05
Easiest Sunday Lunch ever -chicken and potatoes cooked to perfection. Will definately use this again!

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