Back to basics. Everyone should know how to roast a chicken perfectly. Roast chicken is delicious and so simple to make, but often friends complain that their chickens tend to be dry or the skin never crisps up. Well, here is my recipe for a roast chicken that is as good as it is easy. You’ll never roast a chicken any other way.
1. Preheat your oven to 200°C/400°F.
2. For the perfect roast chicken, place the bird in a roasting tray on top of four thick lemon slices. Grate lemon zest over the skin. Stuff the cavity with roughly chopped lemon slices and half the onion. Rub the bird down with olive oil and then generously grate salt and pepper.
3. Pop the prepped chicken into the oven and turn the temperature down to 175°C/350°F. Roast for 20 minutes per 500g (1 lb) plus an extra 10 minutes. To stop it from drying out every 30 minutes take the chicken out and baste. This will give it a nice crispy skin and leave the meat moist.
4. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for ten minutes before carving.