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The Perfect Roast Chicken

Prep Time:

Cook Time:

70 Minutes




About the Recipe


  • 1 Large Ololo Chicken

  • 1 tblsp salt

  • 2 large lemons

  • 3 carrots

  • 2 onions

  • 1 bunch thyme

  • 50g Brown’s butter

  • olive oil


  • The night before you want to roast your chicken, rub salt over the chicken, place on a rack in a tray, and put in the fridge overnight.

  • The next day, rub the chicken all over with butter. Make a vegetable ‘trivet’ on the base of the baking tray using your 3 carrots, cut lengthways, 1 onion cut into rounds, and one lemon cut into round slices. Drizzle with olive oil and then place the chicken on top of the vegetables. Place one lemon cut in half in the cavity of the chicken together with half an onion and a bunch of thyme.

  • Place in a hot oven – 180 degrees centigrade – and cook for 15 minutes per pound or 30 minutes per kilo, and an extra 15 minutes. You can test whether it’s ready by pushing a skewer into the meat and checking that clear liquid runs out. That means it’s ready! Remove from the oven, wrap in foil, and allow to rest for 15 minutes before serving with freshly cooked asparagus and roast potatoes.

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