The Wholesome Child roast chicken in marinade

Summer Roast Chicken Recipe The Whole Family Will Love

In Features, Nourish, Stories by Nicole Fuge

By Mandy Sacher, paediatric nutritionist and author of Wholesome Child: Complete Nutrition Guide and Cookbook

Looking for a Summer-perfect recipe that will delight the entire fam-bam this Christmas?

We got you. This roast chicken in marinade recipe [which is gluten and nut-free] is handy to have in your arsenal, especially if you have lots of people coming around. If not… more leftovers, #winning!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: One hour (+ 15 minutes resting time)

Serves: Four

// Ingredients

1 whole organic chicken (1.5kg)

1/2 cup (125ml) extra virgin olive oil

1 tbs mild paprika powder

4-6 garlic cloves, crushed

2-3 tbs fresh sage, finely chopped

2-3 tbs fresh parsley, finely chopped

2-3 tbs fresh rosemary, finely chopped

sea salt and pepper, to taste

1 organic lemon

2-3 extra rosemary sprigs

// Method

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Rinse the chicken, pat dry with paper towel and place in a roasting tin.

Whisk the olive oil in a small bowl along with the paprika, garlic, sage, parsley, rosemary, salt and pepper.

Pour the mixture over the top of the chicken and rub all over. Make sure the chicken is coated evenly.

Place the lemon inside the chicken’s cavity along with a few extra rosemary sprigs.

Tuck the chicken wings behind the back to keep them from burning in the oven and tie the legs together with a piece of kitchen twine (optional).

Roast the chicken for about an hour, (turning halfway) or until cooked through.

Remove from oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Serving and storing leftovers: Serve immediately, store in the fridge for up to three days or freeze for up to four months.

Tip: Add some potatoes or sweet potatoes and vegetables such as carrots, celery, parsnips and onions, drizzle with extra olive oil and half a cup of water and roast with the chicken.