How to roast perfect chicken and veggies

August 12, 2015 - 2 min read

Feeling like a roast chicken and veg meal, but not sure on how to cook it? Check out our perfect roast chicken and veg dinner recipe, for a tasty meal.

Creating the perfect roast chicken and vegetables is easy once you know the basics. Follow our guide for a roast chook so good, everyone will be begging to know your secret.

What you will need:

  • 1.5-kilogram chicken (taken out of the fridge 30-minutes before cooking)
  • Butter (you can play with flavours)
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 2 potatoes per person
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • A few sprigs of thyme, rosemary or your favourite fresh herbs
  • 1 lemon
  • Large roasting tray
  • Medium roasting tray
  • Plastic colander
  • Pot of boiling water

Prepare the vegetables:

  • Preheat oven to 250-degrees* and start to boil a pot of water
  • Peel the onions and cut into quarters
  • Smash garlic bulb until separated
  • Wash the carrots and roughly chop
  • Place all vegetables in the centre of the large tray, season and drizzle with olive oil
  • Peel the potatoes and chop into quarters
  • Place lemon into boiling water

*Every oven is slightly different, but you will learn the best temperatures after trying this recipe for the first time.

Prepare the chicken:

  • Insert a spoon or knife between the skin and meat of chicken to create space
  • Place butter (herb butter is highly recommended) into the newly created crevice
  • Rub a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper all over the chicken
  • Remove the lemon from the water and prick with a knife (be careful)
  • Insert the lemon and herbs into the cavity of the chicken
  • Place the chicken on top of vegetables

Cooking the potatoes:

  • Put cut potatoes into boiling water for 12-minutes to par-boil
  • To test whether they are done, insert a knife or fork into the potato. If it easily slides out, they are done
  • Turn potatoes into colander and roughly shake (potatoes should have rough edges but not split open)
  • Toss potatoes with olive oil, a knob of butter, salt and pepper
  • Place in medium tray and cook for the last 45-minutes of chicken’s cook time
  • Half-way through cook time, flatten the tops of the potatoes with a mashing utensil for crispy outsides and fluffy insides

Cooking the chicken:

  • Reduce oven temperature to 180-degrees
  • Place chicken into the oven and cook for roughly 30-minutes per 500 grams
  • Check chicken halfway through and baste the meat
  • If vegetables look dry, pour a third-of-a-cup of water into tray

Once complete, insert a skewer into the thickest part of the thigh. If the juices run clear with no traces of pink, your chook is cooked and rest the chicken for 10 to 15 minutes before serving!
Note: If using stuffing, carefully remove lemon and herbs in the last 20-minutes of cooking and insert stuffing.

Do you have a sure fire way to ensure the perfect roast? Tell us in the comments below.

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