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Easy Sunday Roast Chicken – Mary Berry Recipe

Sunday is always a relaxed day for me. A Sunday roast chicken is the perfect dish for a lazy day. It’s simple to make and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. Plus, it’s always a hit with my family. So if you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal or something special for Sunday dinner, give this roast chicken recipe a try! You won’t be disappointed!

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Family Sunday Chicken lunch/dinner

A traditional roast chicken is a family favourite at weekends. A chicken with crisp skin, juicy stuffing, and rich gravy definitely tick all the boxes. Roast chicken is a dish that can be enjoyed by everyone, and it’s also one of the easiest ways to impress your guests. Any leftover chicken can be made into another dinner, like chicken risotto!

Quick prep dinner

When roast chicken is on the menu, you can be sure that there will be no leftovers. Roast chicken is a delicious and nutritious meal that is sure to please everyone.

Thanks to its simple ingredients and easy-to-follow recipe, roast chicken is a dish that can be enjoyed by everyone and only takes between 5 and 10 minutes to prepare to make it the perfect meal to make on a Sunday.

So next time you’re looking for a dish to impress your guests, don’t forget the roast chicken. Thanks to its delicious flavours and easy-to-follow recipe, it’s a dish that is sure to please everyone.

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How long does it take to roast a whole chicken?

When we buy a whole chicken from the supermarket, it always says on the packet 45 minutes per kg plus an extra 20 minutes, so I always go by this, and it cooks perfectly each time. So make sure you know how much your chicken weighs before setting your kitchen timer.

Do you want to know how long it takes in the air fryer? Try my Air Fryer Chicken Roast to cook your chicken in less time.

How to tell if your chicken is cooked through or not

Get a sharp knife, pull the leg slightly, and pierce the skin in the thickest part. If the juices are clear, you’re good to go. If the juice is pink, stick it back in the oven for at least another 15 minutes, then check again.

For a more accurate testing, use a thermometer and probe the thickest part of the chicken. It should have a reading of 75 C, if it’s below this, then it will need to be cooked for longer.

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What to serve with a roast chicken

There are a number of things that can be served with roast chicken. Some of the most popular include mashed potatoes or roast potatoes, roasted vegetables, and green beans.

There are many other side dishes that can be served with roast chicken as well, so be sure to experiment and find what you and your family enjoy the most! I also like to add some homemade Sage and Onion stuffing (everyone in our family loves this!)

Dessert? Try my Sunday Best Chocolate Fudge Cake it’s so good!

Ingredients

You will need:

  • 2 kg Whole Chicken
  • ½ Lemon
  • 1 small Onion
  • 60 g Butter or rapeseed oil
  • Parsley (Dried or fresh)
  • Thyme (Dried or fresh) OR Sage
  • Sage and Onion stuffing – homemade or shop-bought.

Optional Extras

Add a bulb of garlic and place it around the chicken before you put it into the oven for extra flavour.

How to make a roast chicken Sunday dinner

  • STEP 1; Preheat the oven to 190°c/170°c Fan/Gas 5.
  • STEP 2: Put the parsley and thyme into the cavity of the chicken, add the lemon and onion, and season well with salt and pepper.
  • STEP 3: Spoon the stuffing mixture into the neck end of the chicken.
  • STEP 4: Weigh the chicken, and calculate the roasting time if it doesn’t say so on the packet. 45 minutes per kg plus an extra 20 minutes. Rub the butter over the breast and season with salt and pepper.
  • STEP 5: Place in a roasting tin or dish. If you’re not using tin foil or have a lid to cover the chicken, you will need to baste the chicken every 20 minutes. If you are using tin foil or a lid, remove it 30 minutes before it’s ready.
  • STEP 6: Check to see if the chicken is done, transfer it to a warm serving plate, and cover it with tinfoil while making the gravy.
easy sunday roast chicken mary berry recipe uk

Easy Sunday Roast Chicken – Mary Berry Recipe

Rachel
Perfect roast chicken dinner for a lazy Sunday.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
2 kg Chicken 1 hour 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine British
Servings 5
Calories 502 kcal

Equipment

1 Roasting Dish With Lid This is the one I use – Perfect coooked chicken every time!

Ingredients
  

  • 2 kg Whole Chicken
  • ½ Lemon
  • 1 sml Onion
  • 60 g Butter
  • Parsley (Dried or fresh)
  • Thyme (Dried or fresh)
  • Sage and Onion stuffing (As much as you want)
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 190°c/170°c Fan/Gas 5.
  • Put the parsley and thyme into the cavity of the chicken, add the lemon and onion, and season well with salt and pepper.
  • Spoon the stuffing mixture into the neck end of the chicken.
  • Weigh the chicken, and calculate the roasting time if it doesn't say so on the packet. 45 minutes per kg plus an extra 20 minutes. Rub the butter over the breast and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place in a roasting tin. If you're not using tinfoil to cover the chicken, you will need to baste it every 20 minutes. If you are using tin foil remove it 30 minutes before it's ready.
  • Check to see the chicken is done, and transfer it to a warm serving plate and cover it with tinfoil whilst you make the gravy.
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Nutrition

Calories: 502kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 36gFat: 39gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 170mgSodium: 212mgPotassium: 381mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 571IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 2mg
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