Lemon, broccoli & sesame roast chicken

Lemon, broccoli & sesame roast chicken

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(26 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 4
Give traditional roast chicken a Chinese-style twist with this zesty recipe

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal340
  • fat23g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre2g
  • protein28g
  • salt2.35g
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  • 4 chicken leg portions, cut into thighs and drumsticks
  • 2 lemons, juice of 1, the other cut into 8 chunks



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 200g thin-stemmed broccoli



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, finely shredded



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 3 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame oil


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the chicken and lemon chunks in a large roasting tin, season with pepper, then roast for 30 mins until the chicken is turning golden.

  2. After 25 mins, bring a little water to the boil in a frying pan, add the broccoli, cover and steam for 3 mins until bright green and almost tender, then drain.

  3. Tuck the broccoli around the chicken, scatter the garlic and ginger over and around the meat, then splash over the lemon juice, soy and honey. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Roast for another 15 mins until the chicken is golden and tender, and juices look sticky. Drizzle with sesame oil, then serve the chicken, broccoli and juices with rice.

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2nd Jan, 2015
Would have really enjoyed this if it wasn't for the overpowering bitter lemon flavour. Everything tasted like it was tainted with lemon rind, not pleasant. I would definitely make this again but wouldn't roast with the lemon wedges.
20th Oct, 2014
Followed the recipe but realised I didn't have fresh ginger which I think would have brought this up to a 5 star meal.
16th Sep, 2014
Very yummy recipe. I marinated the chicken with the garlic, ginger and lemon wedges overnight and then followed to recipe. I also forgot the broccoli, but it was still a delicous dish.
3rd Feb, 2014
Delicious! Perfect balance of flavours, although I would probably make up more sauce next time, just because there wasn't loads of it, and it was very tasty! Definitely worth using skin on thighs/drumsticks as the crispy skin was a real winner.
9th Jun, 2013
This was absolutely delicious! Everyone around the table loved it. I would either add more honey, or maybe add a little less honey juice next time as the lemony-ness was quite strong however, I've made a delicious gravy from the remnants in the roasting tray using some chicken stock for tomorrow nights dinner! Definitely will be making this again :)
25th Oct, 2012
Tried this recipe for dinner today, it was yummy. May try it with celery next.
18th Oct, 2012
Made this the other night, but left out the honey (can't stand the stuff with savoury food!), so added a slosh of white wine for a bit of extra liquid! My broccoli was a little overdone so would definately cook that for less time next time, but overall a good dish.
7th Jun, 2012
Delicious and so quick and easy. I make extra sauce to go with rice.
4th May, 2012
This was really yummy, perfect combination of flavours. I used two regular broccolis and 6 skinless chicken thigh fillets for this, but next time I might try it with bone-in legs or chicken breast. Will also cook it longer as the sauce never went sticky.
27th Mar, 2012
It was OK, but I thought it was too bitter. I wonder if mixing the lemon juice with sugar rather than drizzling with honey would have been more to our taste.


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