Tuscan Roast Chicken



Some things never change.

Today’s topic is real friendships. The friendship and bond made that no matter where you are in the world and the time it’s been since you last spoke or even saw each other; nothing has changed. You’re still great friends, and have no animosity because the other is just as bad as you at keeping in contact… You’re still giving each other the same nonsense you did when you last saw each other. The humour between each other is not lost, and no matter how your life has changed you, it hasn’t altered the friendship too drastically. Yup, it’s possible. There are friendships like this out there; I’m fortunate to have one or two of my own…



I was reminded of this kind of friendship recently and in celebration of things that never change, I thought sharing a Tuscan roast chicken would be fitting. As roast chicken has always been an old faithful favourite. Never changing in expectations and downright comforting, just like these never changing friendships.

Tuck in to good ole comfort!



1 Whole Chicken
2 Tbls Marge/ Butter
1 tsp Crushed garlic
3 tsp Dried Rosemary
1 – 2 tsp lemon juice
1 Cup Chicken stock
¼ Butternut, peeled and cubed
4 large mushrooms, quarters
2 onions, peeled and quartered
½ red pepper, cubed
½ yellow pepper, cubed
2 small aubergines, halved
Handful cocktail tomatoes
Salt and pepper



1. Preheat oven to 180˚ C.
2. Place whole chicken in a large roasting pan.
3. Mix together the marge, garlic, lemon juice and rosemary; then rub all over the chicken, try even get the mixture under the skin.
4. Prep the veggies as stated in the ingredients list, and assemble/place around the chicken in the same roasting pan.
5. Pour the cup of chicken stock in the pan as well, and season the entire roasting dish with salt and pepper.
6. Place the chicken in the oven. Every 30 minutes turn, to allow for even cooking and browning of the chicken. If it is a small chicken it should take around an hour.
7. Take out the roasted veg, pour out the liquid into a jug (you can use this for gravy), and place the chicken back in the oven for further crisping (this step is optional).