Easy Lemon Roast Chicken

Feed up to six hungry mouths with this quick and easy recipe for a zesty roast chicken
Easy Roast Chicken
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Easy Roast Chicken
April 11, 2019
Level Easy
Preparation Time 25 minutes
Cooking Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Serves 4-6

RECIPE BY Katelyn Allegra
FOOD STYLING BY Katelyn Allegra & Cassandra Upton
PROP STYLING BY Katelyn Allegra, Cassandra Upton & Sophia-Maria Eygelaar


50g mixed fresh herbs, roughly chopped
1 lemon, zested and quartered
2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for rubbing
2 tsp spinneysFOOD Salt
1 x 1.6kg whole chicken
50g butter, softened
2-3 leeks, halved lengthways and rinsed


  • 1

    Preheat oven to 180°C, gas mark 4

  • 2

    Combine the herbs, lemon zest, olive oil and salt. Carefully loosen the chicken skin from the breasts with your fingers and push the herb mixture under the skin along with the softened butter. Place the lemon quarters inside the cavity

  • 3

    In a large roasting tray, arrange the leeks to form a base for the chicken. Rub the chicken with the extra olive oil, sprinkle with salt and place on top of the leeks, breast-side down

  • 4

    Roast for 1 hour then turn the chicken over and roast for a further 15 minutes until golden

  • 5

    Remove from the oven, cover with foil and rest for 15 minutes before serving


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