How to roast chicken

How to roast a whole chicken

Learn how to make a perfect roast chicken with fresh tarragon, lemon zest and bacon stuffing.

Roast chicken with lemon and tarragon stuffing and white wine gravy


7 SmartPoints® per serve
Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Serves: 6



3 x 35g slices wholemeal bread
1 tsp olive oil
1 brown onion, chopped
50g shortcut bacon, fat trimmed, finely chopped
1 tbs chopped fresh tarragon
2 tsp finely grated lemon rind
1.4kg whole chicken
1½ tbs plain flour
1 cup (250ml) salt-reduced chicken stock
200ml reduced alcohol white wine


Step 1

Process bread in a food processor until breadcrumbs form. Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook onion and bacon, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes or until light golden.

How to roast chicken


Step 2

Place onion mixture in a large bowl with breadcrumbs, tarragon and rind. Season with salt and pepper. Mix until well combined.

How to roast chicken


Step 3

Preheat oven to 200˚C. Rinse chicken cavity under cold water. Pat chicken dry inside and out with paper towel. Fill cavity with breadcrumb mixture.

How to roast chicken


Step 4

Tie chicken legs together with unwaxed string. Place on an oven rack in a large flameproof roasting pan. Tuck wings under. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 1½ hours or until juices run clear when chicken thigh is pierced with a skewer. Transfer chicken to a chopping board. Set aside for 10 minutes to rest before carving.

How to roast chicken


Step 5

While chicken is resting, pour pan juices into a jug. Pour off excess fat. Return 2 tablespoons of juices to roasting pan. Place over medium-high heat. Add flour. Cook, stirring constantly with a straight-edged wooden spoon, for 1 minute. Add stock and wine. Cook, stirring to dislodge any brown bits from base of pan, for 5 minutes or until gravy thickens. Strain into a jug to remove any lumps. Season with salt and pepper. Cover to keep warm.

How to roast chicken


Step 6

To carve, use poultry shears or a large sharp knife to cut along edge of thigh and body to remove legs. Cut through joint to separate thigh from drumstick. Cut along either side of breastbone to remove breasts. Separate wing from breast by cutting through joint to make a total of 6 pieces, excluding breast. Thinly slice breasts. Divide chicken pieces and breast among serving plates. Serve with stuffing and gravy.

How to roast chicken


SERVING SUGGESTION: Steamed vegetables.

How to roast chicken