Simple Sunday Roast

Roast chicken & veg is the easiest, most delicious and nutritious Winter warmer recipe. It requires a small amount of preparation and the rest the oven does for you. 

We were lucky enough to get our hands on a couple of organic, free range chooks from Brisbane's Local Pastures at a recent Ipswich Good Food Co-op food haul. I think it is safe to say they are the best chooks we have ever eaten, once you get your hands on good quality meat you won't believe how different it tastes.


  • 1 organic free range chook (1.6kg)
  • 1 large lemon
  • bunch thyme
  • buch rosemary
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper


  1. Remove your chook from the fridge at least 30 minutes before you want to cook it, allowing it to come to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 240°C and prepare your baking tray.
  3. Wash and roughly chop the vegetables, don't worry about peeling them. Break apart the garlic bulb into cloves, leaving them unpeeled.
  4. Pile all the veg, garlic and half the herbs into the middle of your baking tray and drizzle with oil.
  5. Drizzle the chicken with oil and sea salt and black pepper. Rub all over the chook and place it on top of the vegetables.
  6. Prick the lemon all over with a sharp knife and put it inside the chooks cavity with the other half of the herbs.
  7. Place the tray in the oven and immediately turn the oven down to 200°C and cook for 1 hour 20 minutes.
  8. You can check the chook halfway through the cooking process and baste it if it looks like it is getting dry. Basting meaning using the fat & juices that have come off the chicken during roasting process and are sitting in the baking tray to drizzle back over the chook.
  9. Allow the chook to sit for 15 minutes once cooked before serving. 


  1. If you’re doing roast potatoes and veggies, this is your chance to start.
  2. With our chook we always do steamed veg (broccoli, zucchini & cauliflower) whilst cooking the corn in the pot of hot water used to steam the veg. 
  3. As well as roast potatoes,Tom's Tater Recipe will be here soon.