Roast chicken with garlic and thyme croutons

  • serves 4
  • A little effort

Everyone loves a Sunday roast, and this roast chicken with garlic and thyme croutons makes it even better. Big chunky pieces of sourdough make a trivet for roast chicken and soak up all the delicious juices while it cooks.




  • chicken 1 whole
  • olive oil
  • day old sourdough ½ loaf, cut into large chunks
  • thyme a few sprigs
  • garlic 1 whole bulb, halved
  • lemon 1, halved
  • Dijon mustard 1/2 tbsp
  • red wine vinegar 2 tbsp
  • olive oil 100ml
  • gherkins 2 tbsp, finely diced
  • small capers 2 tbsp, rinsed and drained
  • garlic 1 clove, crushed
  • flat-leaf parsley 1/2 a small bunch, chopped
  • mint 1/2 a small bunch, chopped
  • basil a small bunch, chopped


  • Step 1

    Step 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Rub the chicken with olive oil and season well.

  • Step 2

    Step 2

    Toss the bread with the thyme, 2 tbsp olive oil and some seasoning. Spread it out in the bottom of a sturdy, non-stick roasting tin with the garlic and lemon, then sit the chicken on top, keeping lots of the bread under the chicken. Roast for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked and the bread is crisp and dark golden.

  • Step 3

    Step 3

    To make the salsa verde, whisk the mustard and vinegar with the oil and season really well. Stir in all the chopped ingredients.

  • Step 4

    Step 4

    Take the chicken out of the oven and leave it to rest, then carve. Toss the croutons with all the juices from the roasting tin, then serve with the chicken and sauce.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 806
  • Fat 53.3g
  • Saturates 10.7g
  • Carbs 27.2g
  • Fibre 2.2g
  • Protein 52.8g
  • Salt 1.5g