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Italian-style roast chicken

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Bring a little taste of Italy to the dinner table with our spin on a classic roast chicken. It’s guaranteed to be a family hit.

  • Serves6
  • Cook time1 hour 20 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes, + 10 mins resting time
A roast chicken in a baking pot with lemon and parsley


  • 1.8kg Coles RSPCA Approved Australian Whole Chicken
  • 2 oregano sprigs
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tsp finely chopped oregano
  • 1 tsp finely chopped thyme
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 500g baby potatoes
  • 6 shallots, peeled
  • 1 garlic bulb, halved
  • 2/3 cup (80g) mixed pitted olives
  • 1 tbs drained capers
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) chicken stock
  • 1 large roma tomato, finely chopped
  • Flat-leaf parsley leaves, to serve
  • Lemon zest, to serve
  • Oregano sprigs, extra, to serve

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  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 200°C. Pat the chicken dry with paper towel. Place on a clean work surface. Place oregano sprigs and half the lemon in the chicken cavity. Tie the legs together with kitchen string. Combine half the oil with the chopped oregano, thyme and crushed garlic in a small bowl. Season. Brush evenly over the chicken.
  2. Step 2

    Heat the remaining oil in a large flameproof casserole pan or roasting pan over medium-high heat. Add the potato and shallots and cook, turning, for 5 mins or until potatoes are light golden. Add the wine and bring to the boil. Remove from heat.
  3. Step 3

    Pour the stock over the potato mixture in the pan. Add the olives, capers, garlic bulb and remaining lemon. Arrange the chicken over the olive mixture in the pan. Roast for 1 hour. Sprinkle the tomato around the chicken. Roast for a further 15 mins or until cooked through and the juices run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced with a skewer. Cover with foil and set aside for 10 mins to rest.
  4. Step 4

    Sprinkle the chicken with parsley, lemon zest and extra oregano sprigs to serve.