Created by Spinneys
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 90 minutes
Serves 4
Cuisine European
Special Occasion Christmas
Diet High-protein
Preparation Moderate
Nutrition (per serving)
Calories 1208
Fat 82.4g
Saturates 36.6g
Protein 96.3g
Carbs 22.6g
Sugars 9.7g
Given the cook-at-home nature of Spinneys and natural variations in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details

Cooking Instructions

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Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4.


Season the chicken with the salt, inside and out. Tie the legs together with kitchen string.


Quarter the lemons.


On a large roasting tray, place the chicken breast-side up, then stuff the cavity with 2 thyme sprigs and 1 quartered lemon.


Melt the butter in a pot over a medium heat. Pick the thyme leaves off the remaining sprigs and add to the butter along with the stock and honey. Cook on a low heat for approx. 2 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.


Pour the butter mixture over the chicken, basting to cover it completely.


Slice the tops off the garlic heads. Place in the tray and coat with the butter mixture.


Roast the chicken, basting with the pan juices every 15-20 minutes, until golden and cooked through, approx. 1 hour 30 minutes.


Remove from the oven and rest for 10 minutes before carving and serving.