Lemon & oregano chicken traybake

Lemon & oregano chicken traybake

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(88 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 4
An all-in-one supper of roast, cheap chicken thighs and crispy new potatoes with all the sunshine flavours of the Med

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal515
  • fat32g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre2g
  • protein30g
  • salt1.3g


  • 500g new potato, thinly sliced
    New potatoes

    New potatoes

    n-ew po-tate-oes

    New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 6-8 chicken thighs, skin on
  • 8 shallots



    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 100g bacon lardon
  • 1 lemon, sliced into wedges



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

  • 5 oregano sprigs



    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • 100ml white wine (see tip below)
  • 200ml chicken stock


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Tip the potatoes into a large shallow roasting tin, drizzle with 1 tbsp of the oil, season well and toss to coat. Roast for 20 mins until starting to crisp.

  2. Season the chicken thighs and add to the roasting tin along with the shallots, bacon lardons, lemon wedges and oregano. Drizzle with the remaining oil, then return to the oven for 20 mins. Pour over the wine and stock, and roast for a final 20 mins until the chicken is golden and cooked through.

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17th Jul, 2019
Good and easy recipe. I didn’t cook any potatoes and went straight into the chicken part. I added chopped leeks and bell pepper. No shallot but used red onions. Served it with pasta as there was so much juice from the chicken, and with a stir fry snap peas with garlic on the side.
2nd Jun, 2019
This is quite possibly the best dish I have made from BBC Good Food, and I’ve made a lot of them. I added courgettes with the chicken along with some paprika, and then added olives and fine green beans when adding the stock. The wine and stock is a fantastic idea adding flavour and making sure it doesn’t dry out with cooking.
28th May, 2017
A family favourite, we use a little less lemon, it is so tasty!
22nd Apr, 2017
Added some sliced fennel with the potatoes and then a dash of cream when it came out of the oven. Delicious and so easy!
22nd Feb, 2017
I would honestly go as far as to say this is my favourite recipe on this site. This is a weekly staple for us as it's so easy to just chuck everything in the baking tray and unbelievably tasty. I use skin on chicken breasts, smoked streaky bacon, dried oregano and add a clove of sliced garlic. Serve with greens or my personal favourite, purple sprouting broccoli. You won't regret it!
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21st Feb, 2017
Simply brilliant! Added a couple of things to the recipe, a diced carrot and parsnip some sliced garlic and a sprinkling of dried tarragon (I was running out of oregano) It all worked an absolute treat! One thought though when it was served I thought that it would visually benefit from some "greenery" steamed or say French Beans chucked in with the liquid for the last 15 to 20 mins? I wonder if anyone has tried that?
8th Jan, 2017
What is this garbage? Two hours passed by, chicken is still bloody, trey is full of liquid
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Rich West
14th Jun, 2018
2 hours at 200C and your chicken thighs are still bloody? They should be charcoal by now. You need a new oven.
19th Jan, 2017
Maybe try turning the oven on?
9th Dec, 2016
This is really just an 'idea' rather than a recipe - it opens up all kinds of variations! Using chicken thighs, you can just surround them with whatever vegetables you like - for a mediterranean feel use peppers, onions, fennel, courgettes, etc. For an English feel, use diced parsnip, baby potatoes, carrots, turnip, etc. I often roast vegetables round a chicken kiev (from the supermarket, but the good ones, made from chicken breast). If you use baby potatoes, and whatever else you fancy it is a one dish meal and a delicious one.


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