Thursday, May 19, 2011

Slow-Roasted Chicken with Lemon, Garlic & Thyme

This is one of my favorite chicken recipes. And not just because there is almost no work involved. Plan ahead and start early as the chicken needs to roast for a little over 2 ½ hours. As the chicken cooks, it will fill your house with lovely summery aromas. The chicken pieces end up golden brown on the outside and moist and juicy on the inside. The garlic cloves and lemon chunks turn sweet and with the help of a little fresh thyme (or rosemary if you prefer), they infuse the chicken with the most incredible flavors.

This is truly a satisfying, easy and delicious chicken dish that practically cooks itself. Serve it with sautéed green beans or zuchini and eggplant. Per-fec-tion!

Makes 4-6 servings (based on a recipe by Nigella Lawson in Nigella Fresh/Forever Summer )
  • 1 organic chicken (approx. 3½ to 4 pounds), cut into 10 pieces = 1 poulet bio, coupé en 10 morceaux
  • 1 head garlic, separated into unpeeled cloves = 1 tête d'ail, séparée en gousses (non-pelées)
  • 2 organic lemons, cut into chunks = 2 citrons bio ou non-traités, coupés en quartiers
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme = quelques branches de thym frais
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil = 2 cuillères à soupe d'huile d'olive
  • ⅓ to ½ cup white wine = environ 100 ml de vin blanc
  • Sea salt & black pepper = sel et poivre

Preheat the oven to 300°F / 150°C.

Put chicken pieces (skin side up) into a roasting pan and add garlic cloves, lemon chunks and thyme. Brush olive oil all over the chicken and pour white wine on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover tightly with foil (or lid) and put in the oven to slow-cook for about 2 hours.

Uncover the roasting pan, and turn up the oven to 400°F / 200°c. Cook for another 30–45 minutes. Enjoy!


  1. faut que je l'essaie :) ca a l'air delicieux!!


  2. MMmhhh, bien intéressant (et superbement décrit!). Je n'ai juste pas trop envie de découper un poulet... je peux employer des cuisses? ou plutôt des escalopes?

  3. Tu peux demander a ton boucher de le decouper, ou p-e trouver des packs tout prets (ici, j'en achete a WF, Wegmans ou TJs). Sinon, je recommende de prendre des morceaux 'bone-in' qui ne se dessecheront pas a la cuisson.