Lemon & garlic roast chicken with charred broccoli & sweet potato mash

Lemon & garlic roast chicken with charred broccoli & sweet potato mash

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr - 1 hr, 15 mins


Serves 2

A healthy, all-in-one roast lunch, that supplies two portions of veg and a vitamin C boost

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal369
  • fat12g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre8g
  • protein34g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 1 small free-range chicken (about 1kg)



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  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

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  • small bunch thyme


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  • 1 lemon, halved



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  • 1 small head broccoli (about 200g), cut into small florets



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  • 200g sweet potato, peeled and cubed (cook 100g extra if you are using for Chicken wrap with sticky sweet potato, see 'goes well with')
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  • 1 tbsp low-fat cream cheese


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and put the chicken in a large non-stick roasting tin. Halve 1 garlic clove and rub it over the chicken. Drizzle with oil, rub in with your fingers, then stuff the cavity with the thyme, 1 lemon half and the garlic you just used.

  2. Cut the other lemon half into quarters and scatter around the chicken with the other garlic clove, halved.

  3. Cover the tin with foil and bake for 40 mins, then remove the foil and spoon over the hot juices. Arrange the broccoli around the chicken, turning well in the juices, and return the tin to the oven for another 20-30 mins. To check that it is cooked through, pierce between the leg and thigh – if the juices run clear, the chicken is ready. Re-cover with foil and set aside while you prepare the sweet potatoes.

  4. Put the sweet potatoes in a pan of boiling water, return to the boil, then simmer for 7-10 mins until tender. Drain well, then mash. Set aside 100g of sweet potato mash if using for Chicken wrap with sticky sweet potato, see 'goes well with', then add the cream cheese to the rest and stir well.

  5. Remove the broccoli from the roasting tin and divide between 2 plates. Put the chicken on a serving plate, discard the lemon and garlic from the tin and remove as much of the fat from the juices as possible. Pour the remaining juices into a serving jug.

  6. Carve the chicken and serve about 100g (1-2 slices) per person (keep the rest of the chicken for Chicken wrap with sticky sweet potato if making, see 'goes well with'). Serve with the broccoli and mashed sweet potatoes, and a drizzle of the lemony-garlic juices on top.

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19th Aug, 2015
Love the recipe, really nice lemony chicken, I did roast sweet potatoes with it, but will use the potatoes as mash for my lunch tomorrow!
18th Jun, 2015
We love this recipe, we make it all the time. Chicken always comes out tasty and succulent, the charred broccoli is a really unusual but nice taste and you can't go wrong with sweet potato. Keeps us in lunches for the rest of the week as well- the chicken and sweet potato wraps are also lovely.
1st May, 2015
I know it was healthy and filling but it was also unfortunately dull-a-rama. The broccoli was delicious and I will definitely make that again, mashed sweet potatoes were ok considering I'm not a huge fan of mashed anything, but the roast chicken didn't taste of anything (I do know I'm not a fan of roast dinners, so it wasn't a surprise ;o) I even put in extra garlic, more lemon and a big bunch of thyme.
11th Jul, 2014
This was a lovely, really simple roast. The brocolli was amazing! A tip - when you take the chicken out of the oven to add the brocolli and take off the foil, tip the tin to get the juices out from the bird which you need to turn the broccoli in. Also, you have a very simple gravy from theses juices at the end which is perfect drizzled over everything.
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6th Jul, 2014
Really nice lemon flavours in the chicken and broccoli. The only bad thing was the sweet potato mash. It was a bit odd, and harder to mash smoothly than normal potatoes. Other than that really good
29th Jun, 2014
I've never had charred broccoli before - I'm finding it difficult to imagine doing it any other way in future. We had this as a late lunch and didn't need anything later other than some fruit as a snack.
24th Jun, 2014
This was not a success - chicken, great as it stands, sweet potato, great as it stands, broccoli, awful -almost like brussel sprouts in flavour and smell. The flavours did not compliment each other - gravy may have helped. Won't be doing this again.
16th Jun, 2014
Really tasty roast. The brocolli turned out slightly crisp with a lemon tang which was a pleasant change from my usual limp greens.
16th Jun, 2014
Delicious, a lovely light summer alternative to a Sunday Roast, it's so flavoursome we loved it!
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