Lemon, garlic, rosemary chicken

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Some things are just so simple and so tasty and this easily prepared chicken dish is right up there with the best, the most important thing you need is time. It takes nearly 3 hours to make. That is 5 minutes to prepare and 2 hours and 55 minutes in the oven!

You need:

  • Your oven set to 160C/Gas mark 3
  • A whole chicken cut into pieces, leave the skin on
  • 2 lemons cut into 8
  • 1 head of garlic broken in to cloves but not peeled
  • A good splash of olive oil
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Black pepper and sea salt

Put everything in a roasting pan and give a good mix together with a couple of table spoons of water, cover with tin foil and put in the oven for 2 hours. Turn the oven up to 200C/Gas mark 6 and remove the foil and leave for another 45 minutes or so until the chicken skin is brown and the lemons starting to caramelise.

We had this with couscous with almonds and sultanas and was delicious, next time I will add to the chicken some cinnamon sticks and whole almonds and maybe some green olives too.

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