Healthy Lemon and Rosemary Roast Chicken

    2 hours 10 minutes

    Excellent, slightly lemony roast chicken and vegetables with all the taste but healthier! Flavoured with rosemary, thyme and garlic.

    10 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 1 lemon
    • 2 sprigs of rosemary, chopped
    • 2 sprigs of thyme, chopped
    • 6-8 cloves of garlic, chopped
    • sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 whole chicken (approx 2kg)
    • 300g new potatoes
    • 1/2 butternut pumpkin or same amount of carrots and parsnips
    • 2 red onions, chopped
    • 1 cup (250ml) white wine

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:2hours  ›  Ready in:2hours10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees C.
    2. Finely grate lemon rind into a bowl and add the rosemary, thyme and 2 cloves of the garlic, salt, pepper and teaspoon of the olive oil; mix. Rub mixture under the chicken skin. Cut the lemon in half and put inside chicken cavity.
    3. Roast for 20 minutes then turn the oven down to 190 degrees C . Roast for another 50 minutes. (Remember to follow the 20 minutes per 500g chicken plus 20 minutes)
    4. When there’s one hour to go, place the new potatoes and vegetables, sliced onion and garlic cloves into a roasting tray. Season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with olive oil. Cook for an hour.
    5. The vegetables and chicken should be covered and left to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
    6. Pour the meat juices from the roasting tray into a small saucepan. Add the wine, stirring quickly till well mixed. Use this as “gravy” to serve. Remove the skin if you want to reduce the fat and calories!

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    This makes a lovely simple roast chicken dinner. everyone loved it, and it was moist. We removed the skin after roasting as we usually do to make it healthier.  -  11 Dec 2012  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    this recipe was so simple to make and tasted absolutely gorgeous , didn't need to change a thing  -  09 Dec 2013  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    Fab!! A chicken dinner with a twist - did roast potatoes with red onion & black olives & loads of steamed veg. The gravy was gorgeous ( I added stock to make it go further.)  -  13 Aug 2015  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)