Garlic, Bacon & Thyme Roast Chickens

Preparation time:
30 mins
Cooking time:
55 mins
Recipe provided by: New Idea

Christmas dinner doesn't have to involve hours and hours in the kitchen - try this easy roast Chicken dish for your main course!


150g butter, at room temperature, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
400g bacon rashers, trimmed, finely chopped
1 bunch thyme
4 x 900g chickens, cleaned
2 lemons, quartered
2 tblsps olive oil
Salt, to taste
Thyme sprigs, to garnish
Bay leaves and lemon wedges, to serve


1 Beat butter and garlic in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Stir in bacon and 1 tblsp thyme leaves.

2 Use your fingers to loosen the skin around breast of each chicken. Spread ΒΌ cup butter evenly under skin and over breasts of each chicken. Divide remaining thyme into four bunches. Place one bunch and two lemon quarters inside each chicken cavity. Secure opening with a toothpick. Secure legs together with kitchen string.

3 Place chickens into two roasting pans. Drizzle evenly with oil and rub over skin. Season with salt.

4 Cook in a moderate oven (180C) for 50 to 55 minutes, basting chickens with juices and swapping pans halfway through, until golden and cooked through. Remove from oven. Cover loosely with foil. Rest for 15 minutes.

5 Discard toothpicks and string before serving. Garnish with thyme. Serve with bay leaves and lemon wedges.

New Idea
Carolyn Fienberg
Oliver Ford & Andre Martin

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