How to make roast chicken, fennel, lemon and new-potato tray bake

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Roast chicken, fennel, lemon and new-potato tray bake

Serves 4


  • 1 chicken (or skin-on chicken pieces)
  • Olive oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 750g new potatoes
  • 2 fennel bulbs
  • 2 red onions
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 pomegranate
  • Handful of pea shoots


Cut the chicken into pieces and mix together in a large bowl with olive oil, lemon juice and seasoning. Cover with cling-film and refrigerate. Preheat your oven to 200˚C/400˚F/gas mark 6.

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Wash the new potatoes and halve them or, if larger, cut into 3—aim for walnut-sized pieces. Arrange the pieces on a large oven tray and drizzle with olive oil, ensuring the potatoes are well-coated.

Wash the fennel and remove the coarse outer layer before cutting into wedges (about 6 per bulb). Peel the red onions and cut them into quarters. Add both to the tray along with the sprigs of rosemary and peeled and sliced cloves of garlic. Mix everything together, adding more olive oil if needed, until the vegetables are coated. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Remove the tray from the oven and arrange pieces of chicken between the vegetables, making sure the skin is facing up. Return to the oven for 40 minutes or until the chicken juices run clear and the potatoes are tender.

To serve, squeeze a little more lemon juice over the hot tray bake and scatter with pomegranate seeds and pea shoots.

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