Mastering an easy chicken roast is a great skill to teach your teenagers. A roast is also a great way to use up leftover vegetables at the end of the week – carrots, sweet potato, potato, pumpkin, parsnips and beetroot. Add some greens and gravy and you have a perfect meal. Here we show you how easy it is.
ROAST CHICKEN AND POTATOES
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 80 mins
- 1 whole chicken (size 14/1.4kg)
- ½ cup / 125ml of olive oil
- 4–6 desiree potatoes, peeled
- sea salt
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 sprigs of rosemary
- vegetables of your choice
- Preheat the oven to 200ºC / 400ºF / Gas mark 6–7.
- Wash out the cavity of the chicken(s), and pat dry all over using paper towel. Tuck the wing tips underneath the chicken.
- Over a large roasting dish, sprinkle the chicken(s) with salt and pour over olive oil.
- Place the chicken(s) breast side down, and cook in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Cut the potatoes into chunks, and place in a pot with enough salted cold water to cover them. Bring to the boil, and simmer for 10–15 minutes.
- Strain potatoes in a colander until they are quite dry. Bounce them around to rough-up the edges.
- Put the potatoes back into the pot, and sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper, whole garlic cloves and rosemary.
- Once the chicken has been cooking for the first 20 minutes, turn the chicken over, and spread the potatoes around the chicken, coating them in the hot oil.
- Cook chicken for an additional 20 minutes. Test the chicken is cooked by skewering the thigh. When the juices run clear it is ready. If the juice has a pink tinge, keep cooking and check every 10 minutes until juices run clear.
- Remove the cooked chicken from the pan, cover with foil and set aside to rest in a warm place.
- Turn the potatoes to ensure they cook evenly, and cook for an additional 15–20 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Carve the chicken, and serve with roast potatoes and extra vegetables of your choice.
It is better to cook 2 smaller chickens than larger chickens if you are cooking for more than 5 people. Place them side by side in the oven or in two separate trays.