Roasted Garlic and Rocket Chicken

Recipe by Donna Hay


  • 13 small heads garlic, cloves seperated
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 1 x 1.6kg whole chicken, butterflied
  • 1 cup baby rocket leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC.
  2. Place the garlic on a baking tray, drizzle with half the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the chicken on top of the garlic and rub with the remaining oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 1 hour.
  3. Move the garlic from under the chicken to the edge of the tray and roast for a further 30 minutes, or until the chicken is golden and the garlic is tender.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, make the rocket dressing. Place the rocket, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix to combine. Serve the chicken with the roasted garlic and rocket dressing.

As you can see I didn’t make the dressing just placed the rocket underneath the chook , it is a lot nicer to make the dressing pretty simple I just was being very slack !!

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