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Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken with Quinoa Salad

by Adrianne

Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken for dinner on Sweet Caramel Sunday!


This lemon and garlic roast chicken will bring new and zesty flavours to your table!


Happy New Year everyone! I hope that the day has been enjoyable and relaxing. I am super happy to have gone to yoga this morning, 1st class of the year, nice and stretchy but also worked up quite a sweat! For Christmas one of the gifts I received was a Donna Hay cookbook (Basics to Brilliance). In that she does a butterfly roast chicken. I had really wanted to try roasting a chicken like that and seeing as I also got some kitchen scissors as another gift, I thought why not. The lemon and garlic are simple ingredients, I usually try and pack in lots of flavour, however, I am glad that she guided me to try a little something different.

The chicken was easy enough to butterfly, the scissors did the job very well.

I do try and eat quite well – especially by adding lots of vegetables into my diet and whilst I am not one for resolutions I want 2018 to see my food take steps in an even healthier direction.

The quinoa is easy to cook and I always feel so good after eating it – much better than heavy carbs.

This week we had also taken a trip to the library and I grabbed a Women’s weekly In Season cookbook, in it, there was a delightful looking Quinoa, chicken and parsley salad.

So this my friends, is the meal of the fusion from the inspiration those 2 books gave me – it doesn’t involve a lot of time or effort and the balance is good if you are looking to start detoxing!

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year – stay safe and see you in the kitchen!

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Eat your heart out xx

Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken on a white plate

Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken

Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken for dinner on Sweet Caramel Sunday!This lemon and garlic roast chicken will bring new and zesty flavours to your table!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: chicken dinner, roast chicken
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 860kcal
Author: Adrianne


Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken

  • 1 chicken
  • 4 lemons
  • 4 garlic bulbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup water at room temperature
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 440 grams cannelloni beans
  • 2 shallots thinly sliced
  • 250 grams grape tomatoes


Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees, fan bake
  • Take the chicken out of the packaging, rinse and lay on chopping board breast side down
  • Take kitchen scissors and cut along eat side of the back bone and discard
  • Place a few knobs of butter under chicken breast skin, then sprinkle chicken all over with salt and pepper, following this with the oil
  • Cut the lemons and garlic in halves and arrange around a foil lined baking tray
  • Pour the water into the tray, transfer to oven and cook for 50 mins until the skin turns a nice shade of golden brown
  • For the quinoa, take 2 cups of dry quinoa and add to a saucepan with 4 cups of stock, boil the stock until it is fully absorbed by the grain
  • Serve chicken on a bed of the quinoa with chopped grape tomatoes and slices shallots, add lemons and garlic from the baking tray.


Calories: 860kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 584mg | Potassium: 1306mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Vitamin C: 57.7mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 7.9mg
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Recipe published January 2018, updated May 2019 with new recipe card (original recipe) 

This recipe has been inspired by Donna Hay and Women’s Weekly Cookbooks.


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chefkreso January 1, 2018 - 9:18 pm

Quinoa salad is a great addition to roasted chicken, I made a roasted honey glazed squash & kidney beans quinoa salad that would be great with it 🙂

Jamchop January 6, 2018 - 1:49 pm

Yum, that sounds great Kreso, so creative!! I assume it’s on your blog, I will check it out ?

chefkreso January 6, 2018 - 9:51 pm

Not yet, but soon will be 🙂

Jamchop January 6, 2018 - 10:11 pm

Let me know when it is ready for reading!

chefkreso January 7, 2018 - 6:46 am

Will do! 🙂

Diana Reis May 2, 2019 - 10:52 pm

Beautiful job carving the chicken. It looks wonderful. The heads of roasted garlic are calling my name.

Adrianne May 2, 2019 - 11:04 pm

Thanks Diana!! They look so pretty don’t they! Cheers

Beth May 2, 2019 - 11:17 pm

5 stars
This recipe is mouthwatering, not to mention so pretty! Perfect recipe to impress dinner guests!

Adrianne May 2, 2019 - 11:20 pm

Thanks Beth. That is great feedback. Cheers

Sharon May 3, 2019 - 12:17 am

5 stars
This would be a great meal for a Spring Sunday dinner. I love the lemon and roasted garlic in it. Perfection!

Adrianne May 3, 2019 - 1:10 am

Thanks Sharon!! Great feedback.

Ann May 3, 2019 - 1:38 am

5 stars
Oh I’ve always wanted to try butterflying a chicken like that! It looks so pretty! Love these flavours too 🙂

Adrianne May 3, 2019 - 9:48 pm

Thanks Ann! Yes butterflying it was super easy and fun! You just need a good pair of kitchen scissors. I really liked how it cooked like this. Cheers


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