How to make it

  • Preheat the oven to Gas 5/190C/375F).
  • Wash and dry the chicken, inside and out.
  • Sprinkle inside and out with salt and pepper.
  • Smear the bird all over with the butter.
  • Heat the olive oil in a wide, heavy casserole.
  • On a low heat, carefully brown the bird all over. Turn the bird around using two spatulas but try not to tear the skin. (I started off holding the bird by the legs) This should take about 15 minutes.
  • Remove the bird from the heat.
  • Layer the potatoes in the bottom of the casserole. (*actually I only used half this amount of potatoes as it was just for Tom and me).
  • Layer them with the cloves of garlic (*actually I used 2 bulbs) and some of the mixed fresh herbs, and some salt & pepper.
  • Pour on the chicken stock and the other 3 tablespoons olive oil (*actually I only used 1 tbsp. as I only used half the amount of potatoes).
  • Put the chicken on top of the potatoes, breast side up.
  • Smother with more herbs and rub on another schmeer of butter.
  • Put the lid on the casserole and put in the oven for 1 hour.
  • Take out the casserole, turn the heat up to Gas 7/220C/425F, take the lid off and put it back in to open-roast for another 20 minutes.
  • NB: Test the chicken for doneness: with a knife, prise open the gap between leg and body and peer down into the hip joint. If there is any bloody pink there, it needs a little longer.
  • Take the chicken out and let it rest, keeping it warm, covered in foil.
  • Turn the oven up to Gas 8/230C/450F.
  • Put the casserole back in the oven to finish off the potatoes - about 15 minutes.

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  • NPMarie 5 years ago Was this review helpful? Yes Flag
    " It was excellent "
    lor ate it and said...
    The picture and recipe are calling me ;)
    This recipe is going to be a favourite for sure.
    HIGH 5++++
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  • sitbynellie 10 years ago
    You are so welcome! It is definitely a 'goodie'. I am so glad you enjoyed it! Your photo is beautiful! Thanks!

    (you can call me susan!)
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  • mommyluvs2cook 10 years ago
    Yum...this was delicious! I did decrease the cook time a bit and it turned out moist and juicy! This is a great way to get rid of some herbs as well! Thanks Sitbynellie!
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    " It was excellent "
    pleclare ate it and said...
    This recipe is to die for. I can taste it now.

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  • sitbynellie 10 years ago
    Why Val, thank you so much for your comment and rating on the Pot Roast Chicken recipe. It's so nice to hear from you!

    It's a beautiful day here in Sunny Glasgow - so far June has lived up to its nickname of 'Flaming June'.

    The same back at ya!

    Love Susan
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    " It was excellent "
    valinkenmore ate it and said...
    Drool, dribble, drool some more! Oh what a wonderful recipe. I can't wait to try this one. A very, very high 5 to you and have a wonderful day across the pond!
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    " It was excellent "
    goblue434 ate it and said...
    I Like This, Sounds Really Tasty!
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