720ml(3 cups) hot vegetable stock - from your boiled/steamed vegetables and potatoes
¼tspgravy browning optional
Take the chicken out of the refrigerator 30-45 minutes before roasting to take the chill off it.
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
Place the chicken in a roasting tin (don’t wash it). Drizzle on the oil and rub into the skin with your hands.
Sprinkle on the salt, pepper and thyme and place the two lemon wedges inside the chicken.
Place the chicken in the oven for approx. 1 hour 20 to 1 hour 30 minutes – until the skin is golden and the juices run clear (you can test this by inserting a skewer in the thickest part of the thigh – the liquid that runs out should be clear). If you have a temperature probe, the internal temperature should be 75C/165F.
Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 10 minutes on a warm plate while you make the gravy. If you want the skin to remain crisp, don’t cover the chicken during resting.
For the gravy: Place the roasting tin on the hob and heat over a medium heat (if your roasting dish can’t be placed on the hob, then transfer any meat juices from the tin to a saucepan, scraping up any crispy bits in the tin. You can swill with a little water if you need to.).
Sprinkle on the crumbled stock cubes, and stir together whilst pouring in the hot vegetable water.
Bring to the boil and lightly season with salt and pepper.
Stir in the cornstarch slurry using a whisk, until the gravy thickens.
Stir in the gravy browning if you like a darker gravy. Allow to bubble then turn off the heat.
Cook for 45 minutes per kg (2.2lbs), plus an extra 20 minutes at 180C/350F - until the internal temperature of the chicken is 75C/165F
If you have a steam-assisted oven:
If you have a steam-assisted oven, cook the chicken at the same temperature as per the recipe card. Add low or medium steam during the whole of the cooking. The circulation of the steam around and inside the chicken will likely reduce the cooking time slightly. For a 1.5kg chicken, I would cook it for around 10 or 15 minutes less (so around 1 hour 10 minutes). Always ensure the chicken is cooked throughout, no longer pink and the juices run clear.Nutritional information is per serving.