Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Before and after

after roasting

 and before roasting

Fiona of Raindrops and Daisies asked me whether I had tried out any recipe 
from the Avoca cookery book. Yes I have, Fiona! 

Yesterday we tried out the lemon chicken. It was gorgeous:

The recipe is as follows:

1 free range or cornfed chicken
New potatoes
Olive oil
3 large lemons 
Bunch of thyme
Tomatoes chopped or cherry tomatoes
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Place the potatoes in a pot of salted water, bring to the boil and rain immediately.

Rub some olive oil over the breast and legs of chicken.
Place whole lemon and some sprigs of thyme into the cavity.
Quarter the 2 remaining lemons and squeeze the juice of one over the chicken.
Put chicken in a large roasting pan and place in the pre-heated oven at 190°C.
Cook for 30 min., remove from oven, place the potatoes and garlic cloves with the 
remaining lemon wedges, more sprigs of thyme and a pinch of chili flakes around
the base of the chicken. Season the potatoes well with sea salt and pepper and drizzle
with some olive oil. On this occasion I also drizzled some white wine over the
chicken. return to the hot oven and cook for another 45 min. adding the tomatoes
for the final 10 min. 

We had a bowl of crispy green salad with  it....

This meal tastes fresh and summery!
One more chance to hold on to the warm season!

Thanks for stopping by! It makes me smile!

♥ Emilie's daughter 

Hereafter the latest issue of House of Fifty.
Click on the image and enjoy:


  1. I'm so glad I'm not a chicken! that looks very painful!Ouch!

    On a serious note: I love lemon chicken, though I have a different recipe, without tomatoes or potatoes. Your looks very good, Christa!I'm sure you all enjoyed it!

    PS: Feels Autumnal here, today!



  2. That looks so fresh and tasty, sounds easy also.

  3. Wow I love that House of Fifty link, never seen that before and now about to waste an hour or so looking through it....oh well, there are worse ways to spend a Wednesday morning...thank you for your best wishes on my pregnancy post, it means a lot :o) xxx

  4. Hi Christa, your chicken looks scrumptious. I love Avoca cookbooks and shops. Many thanks for your kind comments. The lemon wreath is gorgeous and it would smell so lovely too. Hoping you are well, it's lovely to be back in touch, love Linda x

  5. Lemon Chicken sounds and looks delicious!

  6. What a delicious meal you have cooked! Your photos are superb. I can imagine the aroma when you took it out of the oven. Thank you for the recipe.

  7. A beautiful dinner and one of my favorites. We often make whole roasted chicken, we use carrots instead of cherry tomatoes but will now have to give those try. Thanks so much for stopping by, Laura

  8. What a difference a roasting makes!

  9. Hi Christa

    I am ao glad that you have posted your chicken recipe.

    It looks absolutely delicous.

    I hope you all enjoyed it - yum!

    It is very cold here today.

    I have just lit the fire and am toasting my toes in front of it!

    Take care

    x Fiona

  10. One of my favorite!I make the same resipe!!It is so delicious!!
    Night night my dear!

  11. Hej Christa,
    zum Glück habe ich schon gegessen :)
    Das hört sich soooo lecker an!

  12. I always push some lemon up my chicken's !!! too along with thyme as you have done and some sprigs of rosemary as well. Lemon is a perfect compliment to chicken.

  13. Looks so YUMMY! Thanks for sharing, I will have to try this recipe! Have a great day!

  14. What a lovely recipe and your photos make me feel quite hungry! I have never though of using tomatoes like that with a roast and I will trying it!
    Sarah x