Roast chicken with spring vegetables

A healthy alternative to a traditional roast dinner
Roast chicken with spring vegetables
3 ratings
Recipe by: Charlie Farrant | Student Dietitian and Running Blogger

This herby roast chicken makes a brilliant festive lunch. Any leftover chicken or vegetables can be used for healthy lunches during the week – you could add couscous, lettuce or lentils to bulk them out.



  • 20g unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • Large handful fresh tarragon, finely chopped
  • 1.6kg whole chicken
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • Large handful fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 200g baby leeks
  • 300g baby carrots
  • 300g fennel, roughly chopped
  • 750g new potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • 500ml boiling water
105 minutes
5 A DAY:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/Fan 160ºC.
  2. Mix together the butter, garlic and tarragon. Loosen the skin from the neck of the chicken and work most of the butter under the skin and rub over the breast. Massage the rest of the butter over the skin of the chicken. Tuck the lemon halves inside the bird cavity. Transfer to the oven and roast on the middle shelf for 45 minutes.
  3. Carefully arrange the leeks, carrot and fennel around the chicken and coat with the juices. Return to the oven for another 30–45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked and the juices run clear.
  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of water to the boil, and cook the new potatoes for 20 minutes or until softened. Drain and transfer to a warmed serving bowl.
  5. Lift the chicken out. Leave on a board and cover with foil to rest. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to a warmed serving bowl.
  6. Place the tin over a medium heat, stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the water and bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer for 3 minutes or until thickened. Strain and serve the gravy alongside the chicken, vegetables and new potatoes. 

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Keep chicken on the bone for as long as possible, shredding meat only when you’re ready to use it, to prevent it drying out