Make with kids: Lemon and thyme roast chicken

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Lemon and thyme roast chicken


  • 1.5kg corn-fed chicken
  • 2 level tsps poultry seasoning
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 red onion, peeled and quartered
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2tbsps olive oil
  • 450ml pressed apple juice
  • 1tbsp thickening granules

Get the kids involved in cooking the Sunday roast dinner. Our lemon and thyme roast chicken is an easy to make recipe which the whole family can enjoy together.

This simple step-by-step picture recipe is all about teaching your child how to prepare roast chicken and the do' and don'ts of cooking raw meat too.

Some of the stages may need adult supervision like taking the chicken in and out of the oven, but it's the perfect excuse to spend some quality time with your child in the kitchen.

The chicken will take 30 mins to prepare and 1hr and 20 mins to cook. This recipe serves 4 people and works out at 447 calories per portion.


Step 1

Position a shelf low in the oven, so that there is room to fit in the chicken, and another shelf near the top to roast the potatoes. Set to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6.

Put the chicken in the roasting tin, sprinkle evenly with the seasoning. Finely grate the lemon zest and put that on one side for the vegetables. Cut the lemon in half and push it inside the chicken with the onion wedges and 4 thyme sprigs. Wash your hands thoroughly.


Step 2

Drizzle the oil over the chicken. Put the remaining thyme sprigs on top. Pour the apple juice around the chicken in the tin. Put it into the hot oven and roast for about 1 hour 20 mins. (For different weight chickens allow 20 mins per 500g, plus an extra 20 mins.) After 40 mins, ask an adult to baste the chicken with the juices, to keep the meat moist.

Wearing oven gloves, carefully remove the chicken from the oven. Push a fork into the chicken leg. If the juices run clear, the chicken is cooked. If the juices are pink, the chicken needs to be cooked for a further 10 mins, and then checked again.


Step 3

When it is cooked, ask an adult to lift the chicken on to a serving dish, cover with foil and take to the table ready for carving. Get help to pour all the juices and crispy bits from the roasting tin into a small pan.


Step 4

Put the pan on a gentle heat and sprinkle in the thickening granules. Whisk well, until the juices thicken to a gravy. Ask an adult to pour the gravy into a jug, ready to serve with the chicken.

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