• Serves 8
  • 1.5 hours
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 4 Ingredients


This juicy roast chicken is sure to be a hit at any dinner table!


Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 2 Chickens
  • 2 Lemons, cut into quarters
  • 4 Thyme sprigs
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 240°C. Place a rack over a deep baking tray and fill tray with water until just below the rack (make sure the chickens are not touching the water). Place a small strip of baking paper down the middle of the rack to stop the chicken skin from sticking.
  2. Fill the cavities of the chickens with the cut lemon and thyme and place chickens (starting breast side up) on the rack. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place in oven for 20 minutes.
  3. Take the chickens out of the oven, remove from the tray, turn them over and put them back on the paper over the rack, breast side down. Then reduce the temperature to 190°C and cook for a further hour or until the juices run clear. When cooked remove from oven, cover and rest for 10 minutes.
  4. This method will produce the juiciest roast chicken you have ever tasted. If you wish, serve with some gravy using the juices from the tray, with its subtle lemon flavour.

  • Sounds rather delicious, thank you for sharing.


  • I’ve noticed that rubbing butter on the chicken, keeps it moist and tastes delicious. I’m going to try it your way. Lemon and chicken would taste great, for sure!


  • juicy roast chicken I love chicken make it all the time but like different recipes from other people



  • I love cooking and eating roast chicken :)


  • Oh yum, this sounds delicious. My chickens generally turn out quite dry, so I love the idea of adding water – of course! Why didn’t I think to do that?? Now I know. :-) Thanks for sharing.


  • As roast chook is always a family favourite and generally much yummier and more satisfying than a store bought one!


  • We do a similar thing with whole fish – yum!


  • Love how simple this is. Thanks for sharing!


  • Must try this as the only way chickens cook for me is in an oven bag.


  • I this would be lovely and light.


  • I love to add some seasoning to the skin too. I love roast chicken. yum.


  • This is such a simple recipe but the chicken looks so juicy and moist – better than a turkey for Christmas.


  • Just like mumma used to make


  • Yummmmmmo another one to try for the holidays. I dont even open my cook books any more….just MoM is all I need


  • Sounds delicious. I don’t have much luck with roasts turning out right, so I’m eager to give your method a try. Wish me luck.

    • Good luck mum160421. Although with this method you don’t really need luck. I cook a roast chicken at least once every 2 weeks. So easy and delicious. Make sure you tell us how it went. :)


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