Nesting Roast Chicken

Guess what?

I’ve figured out your new favourite way to have chicken.

You can thank me later. In the meantime, check this out…

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Perfect, golden, plump roast chicken sitting pretty on a nest of unparalleled potatoes.

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Crunchy edges, fluffy middles and gooey-sauce-soaked bottoms.

So packed with flavour you wont know what to do with yourself!

What’s more, it’s the laziest recipe you could hope for. With minimal prep you’ve got yourself a showstopper.

You’ll need:

1 free-range chicken (get the best you can, it really makes so much difference)

15(ish) new potatoes

1 lemon

2 cloves of garlic

1stp honey

Chunk of butter (about the size of your thumb)

Olive oil

Dried thyme, sage & oregano

Flaked sea salt / rock salt


Pre-heat your oven to 190C/380F and boil your potatoes until you can slide a knife into one with ease.

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While they’re bubbling away, put a roasting dish into the oven to heat up.

Now prep your chicken.

Chop a lemon into quarters and stuff into the cavity.

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Follow with 1tsp of honey, a hunk of butter and two peeled cloves of garlic.

The order they go in is upto you.

Rub a generous amount of olive oil all over the skin and follow with lots of flaked salt, pepper and your herbs.

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I just used thyme this thyme, as I’d run out of everything else!

Once your potatoes are cooked, drain them and pop to one side.

Carefully remove the hot tray from the oven and place on a heatproof surface. Pour in a glug or three of olive oil.

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Clearly my table needs leveling!

Tip your hot potatoes in (taking care not to splash that hot oil).

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Using a fork or a masher, crush the potatoes.

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Just gently, we just want them broken up a bit, not mashed.

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When they’re all crushed, place the chicken onto its nest.

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Roast for about 1.5 – 2 hours (depending on the size).

If you’re unsure, cut into the meat. If it’s all white without a trace of pink, you’re golden.

As is your bird!

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Serve up with any sides you fancy, I generally go for a nice simple salad and a bottle of something chilled.

Also truffle mustard, which will change your life! Get some!

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Carve it up at the table and all of the juices will run into the crispy nest. Saucy!

Tuck in and let me know what you think!

But be warned, you’re never going to be able to look at another roast chicken in the same way.

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  • This looks so good. Loved your chicken and lemon recipe from years ago, so will have to give this new one a go

    Mel x

  • Holy mother of god this looks delicious!!! x

    Sophie Cliff

  • OH SWEET JESUS. I know what I’m cooking this weekend!
    Bee |

  • You are the best … Fabulous in fashion and wonderful in cooking … A true Goddess at heart! Keep up the magnificent work. I love it! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • I don’t usually like go for new potatoes as I associate them with boiled which I just find sooo boring but THESE LOOK IMMENSE! Crispy and gooey. Deffoes trying. Thanks. Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Well I’ve found my weekend recipe. Your chickens always make the kitchen smell divine!

  • Athena Politou

    These potatoes look like a dream. Seriously drooling right now! My Pinterest recipe list just keeps on growing!

  • Rach

    This looks so delicious! Definitely need to try this out!

  • You had me at “lazy recipe” and now I’m definitely going to make this! xx

  • Mel

    Oh, this looks so good! Your roast chicken recipes are on regular rotation for Sunday lunch so this one will definitely have to be added to the repertoire! x

  • thunderlegz

    This is a good one, Rosie! My family calls it Viking Chicken and we don’t boil the potatoes first-Ill have to try it that way. It’s good, too, if you have any vegetables in your kitchen-slice them up and put them underneath your bird. xo

  • Jeanne

    You’re right – easy and delicious…can’t beat that. Thanks!

  • This looks delicious and my kind of easy cooking!! Thanks for sharing Rosie!
    xo Bryn

  • Looks so yum!! Wish our oven in HK was big enough to cook this in! xx

  • Oh boy, that looks SO delicious!

  • This looked so darn good. Saving the recipe!


    Aïchatou Bella

  • Kari Guastella

    This looks delicious! I rarely roast a whole chicken, but this looks like I could actually do it!

  • this look so good Rosie!! I can’t wait to try it this weekend. maybe I can trade the potatoes with sweet potato. what do you think?

  • This looks delicious! I’ve bookmarked this post and something tells me I’ll be making it very soon…

  • Yup. Making this this weekend!

    xo Cassandre

  • Oh bloody hell this looks delicious!! I love a good lazy recipe and this one has my name all over it. Will definitely be giving this a go at the weekend!! Thanks for telling us all about it! x

  • Lucy Birchall

    You just can’t beat a roast chicken. I still do your lemon and garlic chicken with the squeezy garlic! Such a winner of a recipe, I’ve no doubt this is too!
    She’s So Lucy // Health, Wellness & Beauty

  • God damnnnn, this looks incredible.

  • This looks so good! Yum! Thank you for sharing!

  • Victoria

    This looks amazing <3 …but won't the potatoes under the chicken be all soggy :/


  • Mmm love that you used slightly smashed potatoes. I’ll have to try this recipe the next time I’m doing roast chicken!

    xx Jean

  • Caity Faye

    We made this last night! So tasty 🙂 I used a pan that was a little small so had to whip the chook out in the last 20 min to crisp everything up but really tasty- lots of love from Perth, Western Australia x

  • I’m definitely making this next time I roast a chicken, all your recipes I’ve tried have been real winners!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Oh, looks delicious!

  • Kaiti Campbell Chandler

    What size chicken do you recommend?

  • Steve Harrison

    I think you figured out my new favourite way to have potatoes.