Family Sunday roast chicken

  • Rating: 5 stars
  • Takes: 20 mins to prepare and 1 hr 10 mins to cook
  • Serves: 4 with extra


  • 1 large chicken, weighing approximately 2·5kg (5lb)
  • ½ lemon, finely sliced
  • For the stuffing
  • 175g (6oz) breadcrumbs
  • bunch parsley, chopped
  • bunch sage, chopped
  • For the stuffing
  • 75g (3oz) unsmoked Healthy Living bacon, diced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1tbsp olive oil

Each serving contains 581 calories, 3.2g sugar, 20.7g fat, 5.5g saturates and 1.4g salt.


Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4, 180°C, 350°F.

Make the stuffing by mixing the breadcrumbs, parsley and sage together in a bowl. Fry the bacon and onions until cooked, add to the breadcrumb mix and stir in egg.

Place a third of stuffing in the neck of the bird, wrap the excess skin underneath. Stuff the remainder in the cavity at the leg end of the chicken.

Weigh chicken and calculate cooking time, 45 minutes per kilogram plus 20 minutes extra.

Oil a roasting pan and place the chicken in the middle of the oven. Arrange lemon slices on top of the chicken 20 minutes before end of cooking time. Ensure the chicken is completely cooked - the juices run clear when a skewer is inserted.

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