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Pesto Roast Chicken
I came up with this one on the weekend just wanting to do something a little different from my usual roast chicken and I had some veg in the fridge I wanted to use up. I have listed below what I used but you could use anything like eggplant, yellow zucchini, large tomatoes rather than cherry or even baby carrots so feel free to play around with that. I served ours with the vegetables and also some corn on the cob’s, we are trying not to eat to many carbs in the evenings, but it would be nice paired with roasted potatoes as well.


Olive oil
1.5kg Whole chicken
3 Tablespoons basil pesto, homemade or store bought
4 Small red onions, peeled and sliced in half
2 Green zucchini, sliced in wedges
4 Cloves garlic, peeled
200g Cheery tomatoes


1. Pre Heat oven to moderate. Loosen skin on chicken breast by sliding your fingers between the skin and the flesh. Rub about 11/2 tablespoons of Pesto under the skin over the breast.

2. Rub the remaining 11/2 tablespoons of pesto over the outside of chicken, breast, legs and wings.

3. Place halved onions in a roasting pan drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over and place chicken on top.

4. Roast, uncovered in moderate oven for 30 Minutes.

5. Add garlic and zucchini to roasting pan, drizzle with a little extra oil and return to the oven for about 1 hour or until chicken is coked through.

6. If using cherry tomatoes add to roasting pan about 20 min’s before the end of cooking time.

Serve with fresh corn on the cob and roasted potatoes.

All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated.