One~Pan Spring Chicken

You just can’t beat a good roast chicken!

I’ve popped a few recipes up on The Londoner over the years and I know they’ve become a bit of a staple in lots of people’s weekly cookin’.

This one is a zingy, springy, unbelievably succulent, crispy skinned corker of an alternative to everyone’s old favourite.

Cooked in a crust of green herbs, surrounded by a nest of carrots, kale, shallots and drizzled in its own gravy.

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Look at those caramelised carrots, just waiting to be bitten into!

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Slice into the charred, crispy skin and through the tender, juicy meat inside.

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As with almost everything I share, it’s as easy as it is delicious!

You’ll need:

1 free range chicken

1 handful parsley

1 handful basil

2 large cloves of garlic, crushed

150g butter

4 anchovies

3tsp capers

2tsp wine vinegar

4-5 shallots

1 lemon

Couple handfuls of baby carrots

Couple handfuls of greens (kale/cavolo nero)

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In a mixer or pestle and mortar, smash the hell out of your parsley, basil, garlic, anchovies, capers, butter and vinegar!

Keep going until you’re left with the most incredibly fragrant, green mush*.

*Technical term.

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Peel and half your shallots.

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Lay them out as a little nest, about the size of your chicken.

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Smother the chicken in your green gloop, covering every inch.

Quarter your lemon and shove it up your (chicken’s) behind.

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Leave it to rest while you heat up your oven.

Pop it on to 190C/375F. When it’s ready, place your chicken onto the middle shelf.

Cook for 45mins, whip it out and add your carrots. In another 45, take them out, toss them around a little and add your nest of greens.

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Roast for another 20mins, or until the chicken is fully cooked and the kale begins to crisp.

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By the time you pull it out of the oven, you should be greeted by the most incredible smell of steaming chicken, sweet carrots, blackened shallots and fresh, crunchy greens.

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Toss the veggies about in the sauce and drizzle a little over the top of your bird.

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Serve up as it is for a beautiful spring supper, or add a carb if you feel you need to; French bread, pasta, mash… although actually my Low Carb Mash recipe would go stonkingly well with this! And then you can feel well and truly virtuous.

As you can see, it’s an especially good recipe for washing-up dodgers!

And the leftovers make cracking sandwiches to take to work the next day. Just be sure to label them as poisonous, or risk Grand Theft Fridgeo. The struggle is real.

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  • That looks incredible, I love the addition of kale!

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • Looks Good. I don’t eat meat, but I may need to whip this one up for my boy, he would love it!

  • Zoe

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love that it can be cooked and served all in one pan – and look so beautiful! Will definitely give this a go tonight

  • Looks absolutely delicious Rosie – what a perfect 1 pan dinner!

  • Holly von Bock

    God lord that looks good. Anything which only needs a few basic natural ingredients, requires minimal effort & still provides my kiddywinks with a hearty meal is a winner for me. You need to do a ‘quick & easy for mums’ section! xxxxx

  • Liv M Sletvold

    Must try this, looks great! But kale is difficult to get hold of this time of year where I live. Do you think I could try to use spinach instead?


    • Tatiana

      Any other crinkly cabbage would work well if you can find it- spinach would probably taste delicious but will wilt down to a mush!

  • ninegrandstudent

    This looks great – I may adapt to a single portion recipe next week! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • aah this looks amazing! definitely trying this out 🙂

    Rachel // Style Soup

  • Oh this looks delicious – chicken is a favourite of mine.. I love that there wouldn’t be much washing up after too haha.

    Sarah xo | PolkaDotLemon

  • Do what with the lemon now??!! Lol! This looks lovely – I only discovered capers late last year but they work well in so many dishes xx

  • This looks SO GOOD. Who said the summer bikini diet needs to be boring?!

  • Chrissabella

    Oh this looks so tasty! Hahah love the Grand Theft Fridgeo … and yes the struggle is real 🙂

  • Emily Kalbun

    hahahah the chicken looks like its covered in moss before it goes in the oven 😀 Its still damn good looking though 😀

  • This looks so yummy! I think I might have to copy it for Easter Sunday Dinner 🙂

  • Roast chicken looks elegant but it’s so simple! Thanks for another good one, Rose!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • How amazing does that look! I could eat the entire thing right about now I think!

  • I might just have to start eating chicken again… the flavour combination looks amazing!


  • Oh wow this looks so good! I need to invest in a good blender… it seems so handy.
    Definitely going to make this for our easter lunch! 🙂
    xo Andrea

  • Jennifer Howze

    This is beautiful with the nest of greens straight out of the over.

  • The slow pace

    This looks amazing! Quite Mediterranean, isn’t it?

  • Helena

    Oh how delicious! Will definitely give it a go!

  • I’m soooo trying this Rosie! The other weekend I served your Mum’s garlic & lemon chicken to my friends & we all loved it. I was so busy cooking I forgot to instagram it!!!!

    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Natasha Lancaster

    That’s a great way of cooking a chicken! very excited – cant wait to try it

  • Marianne French

    mmmmm this looks amazing!

  • Yum, this looks so good! And those colours are gorgeous, love your photos!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • Lucy Birchall

    You’ve got my Easter Sunday lunch sorted – thank you Rosie! I’m still a big fan of the garlick-y lemon chicken recipe, it’s so easy and versatile.

    She’s So Lucy

  • Tal
  • I love all your recipes! Have started printing them to go in my recipe notebook! x

  • Theresa Y.

    Sounds delicious!

  • Looks delicious! Although I like to cheat with roasted chicken – I buy two breasts and two thighs instead of a whole chicken. I love all the green mush components, I’ll have to give it a try!

  • Megan Owens

    That looks so delicious! Thank goodness Spring has arrived, looking forward to recreating this on a sunny Sunday!

  • Queenie Lee

    Looks yum! xx

  • Lindsey Mulvany

    Made this tonight for my boyfriend and I! AMAZING! Thanks girl! The smells were incredible haha.

  • kristina

    omg that look so tasty, definitely making it