Tuscan Roasted Lemon & Fennel Chicken Recipe | Abel & Cole
Tuscan Roasted Lemon & Fennel Chicken
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 50 mins
Chicken, lemon and garlic are like friends at school who are always together. Pete and Sue's Devonshire chook is the ringleader and fennel wants in on the action, too.
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760 kcal
(per portion)
Ingredients you'll need
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  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • A bag of salad potatoes
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • A pack of chicken thighs
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • A sprig of rosemary
  • A bag of spring greens
From your kitchen
  • 200ml hot water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
You'll need
  • Heatproof measuring jug
  • Heavy-based casserole dish or frying pan
  • Ovenproof dish or roasting tin (optional)
  • Pan with a lid
  • Steaming basket
  • Colander
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Heat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/ Gas 6. Fill the kettle and boil then pour 200ml hot water into a jug. Crumble in the stock cube and stir well to mix.

  • 2.

    Scrub the potatoes and cut into bite sized halves or quarters. Halve the fennel. Cut each half into four. Halve the lemon lengthways. Remove any pips. Cut one half into thin slices. Juice the remaining half. Peel the garlic but leave the cloves whole.

  • 3.

    Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a heavy-based casserole dish or frying pan. Add the chicken, skin side down. Cook for 4-5 mins till the skin is crispy and golden.

  • 4.

    Turn the chicken so it's skin side up. Add 2 tsp of the fennel seeds. Sizzle for 1 min then add the potatoes, fennel, lemon slices, garlic and rosemary. Season. Stir to tumble together.

  • 5.

    Pour the stock into the casserole dish. Place in the oven, uncovered, and cook for 35-40 mins till the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are roasted. If you're using a frying pan, transfer everything to an ovenproof dish or roasting tin.

  • 6.

    While the chicken is cooking, fill a pan with the hot water from the kettle. Slice the spring greens. Pop them in a steaming basket or colander over the pan. Steam the greens for 5 mins. Drain. Squeeze the remaining lemon juice over the greens.

  • 7.

    Using a fork, squash the garlic cloves from the casserole in the cooking juices. Stir well. Serve with the lemony greens.

  • Tip

    So appeeling
    When you roast lemons their skins soften and caramelise. So much so that you'll be able to eat them, skins and all. We love getting the most out of our fruit and veg.