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Cooking the Perfect Roast Chicken

A great Roast Chicken is hard to beat!  Find out how we do it!
There is something special about getting together with family or friends and enjoying a roast chicken. Below are the instructions for the way we do it...

To serve 6 adults you will need:

  • 1 x 1.6kg chicken (approx)
  • 1  large onion (or two small)
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • salt and black pepper to season
  • Fresh herbs - thyme or rosemary
  • a little olive oil

Our Method:

Take your chicken out of the fridge 30 minutes before it goes into the oven

• Preheat your oven to 240°C / gas 9 
• Roughly chop half the onion and one carrot. Break the garlic bulb into cloves (no need to peel)
• Place the onion, carrots & garlic into the middle of a large roasting tray
• Drizzle your chicken with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper  - rub it in all over 
• Take the other half of the onion and the remaining carrot and place it in the cavity of the chicken along with the fresh herbs - this will help it cook and release flavour.

Cooking the Chicken

• Place the chicken on the vegetables & garlic in the roasting tray and put it into the preheated oven - this stops the bottom of the chicken from burning from direct contact with the hot roasting tray and also gives you great juices for your gravy and roast veg as part of your meal!
• Turn the heat down to 200°C/gas 6 and cook the chicken for 1 hour and 25 minutes - this means that the high heat of the oven (240°C) at the start of roasting will crisp the skin but cool down enough so that it wont overcook the chicken and dry it out
• Halfway through cooking baste the chicken and add a splash of water to the tray if the vegetables are starting to dry out
• When cooked, take the chicken out of the oven and place on a board to rest for 15 minutes covering it with a layer of tin foil and a tea towel to keep the heat in
• You can add the juices from the roast chicken, onions, carrots & garlic to your gravy - even if you are using granules
• The onions, carrots & garlic from the roasting tray can be added to your other veg as part of your meal - they will be really tasty!
• While the chicken is resting you will have time to gather together the other parts of the meal - mash, roast potatoes vegetables etc
• All that is left is to carve up the chicken how you like it and enjoy!

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