Rosemary roast chicken thighs, new potatoes, asparagus & garlic

Rosemary roast chicken thighs, new potatoes, asparagus & garlic

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(58 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 4
An all-in-one lighter roast with Jersey Royals and a whole bulb of garlic - the potatoes catch the lemony cooking juices

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal509
  • fat24g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre6g
  • protein39g
  • salt0.3g
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  • 750g new potato (preferably Jersey Royals), halved
    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 large bunches asparagus, woody ends discarded



    Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…

  • 1 whole garlic bulb, cloves separated



    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…

  • 1 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…

  • 1 lemon, halved



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

  • small handful rosemary sprigs



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 8 chicken thighs


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the potatoes, asparagus, garlic cloves, oil and lots of seasoning in a large roasting dish (about 30 x 20cm). Squeeze over all the juice from the lemon halves, then cut them into chunks and add them to the dish. Toss everything together, cover the dish with foil, and roast for about 15 mins.

  2. Remove the foil and mix through the rosemary. Season the chicken thighs and arrange evenly in the dish.

  3. Roast for another 25-30 mins until the potatoes are tender, and the chicken is crisp and cooked through. Serve the dish in the middle of the table for everyone to share.

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Yorkie1965's picture
13th Jan, 2020
After reading some of the reviews about the potatoes needing longer I used small new potatoes not jersey royals as there not in season and added the asparagus for the last 10 minutes of cooking and I didn’t add that much garlic. But all in all a very tasty meal
12th Apr, 2019
What everyone says below about the potatoes needing longer, the asparagus needing less time etc. is totally true, but nonetheless I will cook this again with more sensible timings of my own (should have realised the error when checking the first time to be honest). This was delicious and easy and light however so definitely worth making is you take the timings here with a pinch of salt.
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Andrea Brinn
24th Jul, 2018
Cooked this last night following the recipe but leaving out the asparagus (didn't have any), and only using half of a very large lemon. I put in half a packet of cubed pancetta at the same time as the chicken and cooked for closer to 35 mins. Added a splash of calvados to get all the sticky bits of the pan, a small glass of apple juice and two desertspoons of creme Freche stirring over heat for a short time. Yum!
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Christina Evans
20th Mar, 2018
I too didn’t read the comments before I put it in the oven so we are all sat waiting around the oven because the pots are still hard ☹️ Grumpy!!
10th Aug, 2017
Brilliant dish. 2nd time i made it. I always add my own ingredients like tomatoes carrots etc and also use different sauces for the chicken. Second time around i used honey on 2 or 3 of the thighs. Wife loved it and goes well with pilav rice :p
22nd Jun, 2016
The timings etc on this dish are all wrong as stated by users below. I made the following adjustments and it tasted great! - Halve potatoes and season with salt, pepper and olive oil to coat; cook in oven for 20 mins at 220 degrees C - Add chicken thighs (I used skinless/boneless), whole garlic cloves and chopped rosemary and cook for 20 mins more at 220 degrees C - Add 100ml of chicken stock and 100ml white wine and cook for 20 mins at 200 degrees C - Add asparagus and juice of half a lemon, mix everything together and cook for 10 mins at 300 degrees C Thats it...
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Katie Mary
21st May, 2017
Replied earlier, but seems to have disappeared. Basically followed this, brilliant worked perfectly. Thank you.
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Katie Mary
21st May, 2017
Thank you! Having read all the feedback I did it your way for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and it was delicious! On the agenda again for tonight, so I'm hoping that I can replicate the success!
10th Jun, 2016
Not great - even if you ignore the recipe and just go with the ingredients, this dish is too oily. I parboiled the potato's 10 mins, then combined these with the oil, lemon, garlic, rosemary and the seasoned chicken thighs and roasted (without foil) around 30 mins then added the asparagus for 10-15 further mins. The chicken was browned and cooked through, as were the porato's and the asparagus was about right. However, just too oily. There is a much better chicken and lemon recipe by Jamie Oliver, with white wine and basil, which cuts through the oil and can be supplemented with new potato's and asparagus, if you like. This is what I will do, next time.
3rd May, 2016
Awful recipe, should have gone with my gut reactions! Potatoes were under cooked, even though I cooked it for 20 minutes longer than suggested. Asparagus ruined by being over cooked. Chicken only just cooked? Would never try this again. Ruined some organic chicken and asparagus.


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Blue Dave
29th Mar, 2019
I am English, my preferences show I want to see English, but because I am spending some time in Spain nearly everything is in Spanish. It can be beyond the wit of programmers to look at my preferences before sending out all these messages in a language that I can't understand.
30th Oct, 2013
Great tasting dish! Everyone loved it. I did find that the oven temp needed to be higher for the time specified. Would also par boil the potatoes next time as they took a while.
10th Aug, 2017
Try chopping the potatoes a little smaller. It cooks better.
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