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Roast chicken with lemon & rosemary roots

You can eat this roast chicken as a healthy Sunday lunch. Swede, celeriac and carrots flavoured with rosemary, lemon and garlic ramp up the taste

  • Prep: 20 mins
    Cook: 1 hrs 30 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy
  • Serves 4
  • Easy
  • Calories 427
  • Carbohydrates 12
  • Saturated Fat 5
  • Sugar 10
  • Protein 38
  • Fat 23
  • Fibre 10
  • Salt 0.5

Nutrition per serving

  • Calories 427
  • Carbohydrates 12
  • Saturated Fat 5
  • Sugar 10
  • Protein 38
  • Fat 23
  • Fibre 10
  • Salt 0.5

Ingredients

  • 4 large carrots (about 400g), cut into big chunks
  • 1 celeriac (about 575g peeled weight), cut into roastie-sized chunks
  • 1 large swede (550g unpeeled), quartered and cut into thick slices
  • 2 red onions, cut into wedges
  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 tsp sprigs rosemary leaves and woody stalks separated
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 medium chicken (about 1.4kg)
  • 2 x 200g bags curly kale

Tip

Healthy Diet Plan serving suggestions
For the Healthy Diet Plan, serve half the garlic and root veg with the chicken legs and kale. Eat one breast with the remaining veg and bag of kale another night, and save the remaining breast for the Mexican bean soup.

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Tip the carrots, celeriac, swede, onions and garlic into a large roasting tin with the oil, rosemary leaves and a grinding of black pepper. Toss well and roast for 5-10 mins while you get the chicken ready.

  2. Grate the zest and squeeze the juice from the lemon, set aside and put the lemon shells and the woody stalks from the rosemary inside the chicken. Stir the veg, scatter over the lemon zest and drizzle over the juice, then sit the chicken on top of the veg and roast for 1-1 1/4 hrs until the chicken is tender but still moist. Take the chicken from the oven and leave to rest for 10 mins. Keep the veg in the oven and steam one of the bags of kale (if you're eating this over two days for the Healthy Diet Plan, otherwise steam both).

  3. Squeeze the garlic from the skins. For the Healthy Diet Plan, serve half the garlic and root veg with the chicken legs and kale. Eat one breast with the remaining veg and bag of kale another night, and save the remaining breast for the Mexican bean soup. Alternatively, serve it all together as a meal for 4.

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