Foolproof slow roast chicken

Foolproof slow roast chicken

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(220 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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4th Jan, 2013
Brilliant! My first attempt at a roast chicken was a disaster, although sure it was the ovens fault not mine. This recipe was fool proof. I was cooking the chicken to use as part of a buffet new years eve so I didn't bother with the potatoes and just put the garlic, lemon and onion in the cavity. The result was a wonderfully tender chicken with lots of flavour.
26th Dec, 2012
I rarely eat let alone cook meat so I used this as a guide when cooking a roast chicken for Christmas dinner, I changed a few bits half veg/half beef stock and a sparkling rose wine(all I had to hand) left out the lemon and par boiled the potatoes. The results were perfect and it was so easy I hardly felt like I was cooking
25th Dec, 2012
Chicken was quite moist and flavoursome, really tasty! Wouldn't use the potatoes again, however- the taste of the lemon in particular was too overpowering with them, and the pan juices were too overpowering to really use as a gravy. Would definitely try again with a few adjustments.
16th Dec, 2012
This was a great dish - cooked to perfection. It was really easy to make and both the herbs and the lemon gave a pleasant flavour to the chicken.
16th Dec, 2012
This was a great dish - cooked to perfection. It was really easy to make and both the herbs and the lemon gave a pleasant flavour to the chicken.
2nd Dec, 2012
The slow cooking at lower heat is the way to go. Chicken very moist and tender.
28th Oct, 2012
Just cooked this, was delicious. It was my first attempt at a roast bird but was really easy. Just added some flour to the juices to thicken for the gravy, potatoes did need to go in another pan to crisp up. Will definitely use again.
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14th Oct, 2012
Delicious chicken, really moist. While the chicken was resting I put the potatoes back in the oven to crisp up. I wasn't very impressed with the look of the juices so I quickly made another light sauce. Very nice overall.
6th Oct, 2012
I thought this was really nothing special, which surprised me after all the reviews. Tasteless chicken meat, and terrible roast potatoes. Think I'll stick to my usual Delia method.
25th Sep, 2012
Perfect moist roast chicken & beautiful lemon scented roast potatoes. I really don't think you can go wrong with this recipe.


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