Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots

  • prep time1 min
  • total time 105 min
  • serves 4

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Directions for: Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots


1 pound carrots

1 ¼ pounds potatoes

1 head garlic

5 sprigs fresh rosemary

1 lemon

5 sprigs fresh thyme


1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

2. Scrub, trim and halve the carrots lengthways.

3. Scrub, peel and halve the potatoes, quartering any larger ones. Add to a large roasting pan.

4. Break the head of garlic into cloves, leaving them unpeeled, then lightly crush with the flat side of a knife. Pick the rosemary leaves, discarding the stalks. Add the garlic and rosemary leaves to the pan.

5. Drizzle with oil, season with sea salt and black pepper, then toss well and spread out in an even layer.

6. Rub the chicken all over with a pinch of salt and pepper and a drizzle of oil. Stuff the chicken cavity with the whole lemon and the thyme sprigs.

7. Place the chicken in the pan, on top of the vegetables.

8. Reduce the oven temperature to 400oF, then add the chicken and roast for 45 minutes.

9. Carefully remove the pan from the oven, use tongs to turn the vegetables over, then spoon any juices from the pan over the chicken.

10. Return the pan to the oven for a further 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. To check, pierce a chicken thigh with the tip of a sharp knife — if the juices run clear, it’s done. Otherwise return the pan to the oven, cook for a little while longer and repeat the test.

11. Once cooked, transfer the chicken to a board and return the vegetables to the oven for a final 5 minutes to crisp up, if needed.

12. Cover the chicken with a layer of aluminum foil and a dish towel, then leave to rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

13. Using a sharp carving knife, cut up the chicken, then serve with the roasted veggies. Delicious with a green salad on the side.

Tips and Substitutions

Equipment: Cutting board, knife, vegetable peeler, large roasting pan, tongs, aluminum foil, dish towel, carving knife.

Jamie's Top Tip: The beauty of cooking the whole bird, is you’ll have leftovers for more meals later in the week — shred the meat into stir-fries or sandwiches or boil up the carcass for chicken soup.

Source and Credits

Recipe © Jamie Oliver. Photo © James Lyndsay

See more: Appetizer, Chicken, Dinner, Potatoes, Vegetables


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