Garlic roast chicken recipe

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4 - 6




15 min


1 hr 40 min

This delicious garlic roast chicken is perfect for any occasion, not just the Sunday lunch


  • 1 medium whole chicken
  • 6 heads of garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 2 lemons


  • Preheat the oven to 190°C / 375°F / gas 5.

  • Leave 4 heads of garlic whole and peel and slice the remaining cloves into slivers.

  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Gently pull the skin away from the breast and slide in 2 of the thyme sprigs. Use a knife to make 6 small slits in the chicken breast and carefully spear 6 garlic slivers into the slits.

  • Tuck the lemons, the remaining thyme and a few garlic slivers into the cavity and place the chicken in a roasting tin. Scatter the remaining garlic heads around the chicken.

  • Place chicken in the oven and roast for 20 mins per 500g plus 10-20 mins extra. The juices should run clear when the chicken thigh is pierced. If not, cook further.

  • Serve the chicken surrounded by the roast garlic heads.

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