The best Aga roast chicken! Crispy skin, juicy meat & stuffed with garlic, lemon & herbs for ultimate flavour. Serve this as part of a roast dinner or for an easy mid week meal.

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aga roast chicken

A well roasted chicken will have the crispiest skin & the juiciest meat! This is a classic dish for a reason & cooked properly it really is hard to beat. Best served as the centre piece of a Sunday roast or as an easy mid week dinner.

I’ve been cooking with an Aga for a while now & this is by far the best way, that I’ve found, to cook a roast chicken. We’re going to be using both the baking & roasting oven for this recipe.

A longer, low temperature cook keeps the meat juicy and dries the skin out slightly (which helps with crisping up the skin) & a quick blast of high heat at the very end, makes the skin super crispy. If you’re cooking on a two oven Aga, there’s instructions for this as well.

roasted chicken breast
So juicy!

What Type Of Chicken You’ll Need

For this recipe, you’ll need an untrussed chicken that weighs 1.5kg. Any giblets, neck, liver, etc. should be removed.

A chicken of this size will comfortably serve 4 people & using this method, can be cooked in an hour & a half, or less. If you’d prefer to cook a larger chicken, keep in mind that the cooking time will slightly longer. We’re cooking based on internal temperature so there’s no worry about overcooking the meat.

How To Know When Your Roast Chicken Is Cooked

The easiest & safest way to check that your roast chicken is cooked, is with a digital food probe. This is one of the best pieces of equipment to invest in for your kitchen & can be picked up relatively cheaply online.

The internal temperature of a fully cooked chicken is 75°c/165°f. But to avoid overcooking the meat, we take the chicken out of the oven at 73°c/163°f then let it rest for a good half an hour. During this time, the internal temperature will rise several degrees & will have gone past 75°c/165°f.

If you’re worried about undercooking meat, take the chicken to 75°c/165°f in the oven, it will still be pretty juicy!

To check that your chicken is cooked, take a temperature reading in the thickest part of a breast & thigh.

stuffed seasoned chicken
Our chicken is seasoned generously & stuffed with lemon, garlic & herbs…

How To Roast A Chicken In An Aga

Step 1 – Leave Chicken At Room Temperature For 30 Minutes

The first step is to take the chicken out of the fridge, remove any string/packaging then sit it in a roasting tray, on a rack. Next, we dry the skin well with kitchen paper & leave the chicken at room temperature for 30 minutes. This is called tempering the meat & means that it will cook quicker & won’t dry out.

Step 2 – Season & Stuff The Chicken

Before the chicken goes into the Aga, we’re going to be stuffing the cavity with fresh herbs (rosemary & thyme), lemon slices & a bulb of garlic, cut in half. Then we coat the chicken in some veg oil & season generously with Maldon sea salt & freshly cracked black pepper.

Step 3 – Cook In The Baking Oven

The first section of cooking happens in the baking oven, on the bottom set of runners. A slower cook, keeps the meat moist whilst drying out the skin, so that it is ready to be crisped up.

We cook the chicken in the baking oven until it reaches an internal temperature of 65°c/150°f & we turn the tray round halfway through to ensure an even cook.

If you’re cooking in a two oven Aga, cook the chicken on the bottom set of runners in the roasting oven & place a cold plain shelf three runners above.

Step 4 – Crisp The Skin Up In The Roasting Oven

Next, we transfer the chicken to the centre of the roasting oven & cook for a further 10-15 minutes, at which point the skin will be golden brown & super crispy all over. The internal temperature of the chicken will be 73°c/163°f.

If you’re cooking in a two oven Aga, remove the cold plain shelf & move the chicken up 1 set of runners.

Step 5 – Resting

Once the chicken is cooked, it needs to rest for 30 minutes, loosely covered in foil. During this time, the internal temperature will rise a few degrees, taking it past 75°c/165°f & the meat will have had a chance to relax, redistributing the juices. This is the secret to super juicy chicken!

Step 6 – Carving

The final step is carving the chicken. To do this, cut the legs off, through the thigh joint, remove the wings & cut off the breasts (either cut these off the bone as whole breasts or in thin slices). A sharp carving knife & a carving fork will make carving a lot easier!

aga roast chicken breasts
The chicken breasts can be kept whole or cut into slices

What To Serve With Roast Chicken

A roasted chicken is one of those meats that can be served with a whole load of things! Classically, it would be served as part of a roast dinner but you could also serve it in a sandwich, with chips, in pasta or even as part of a pie. The possibilities are almost endless!

If you’ve got a leftover chicken recipe that you’d like to see on the blog, let us know in the comments below!

Tips & Tricks For Cooking An Aga Roast Chicken

  • Let the raw chicken sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.
  • Roast the chicken untrussed.
  • Take the chicken out of the oven just before it is fully cooked, for the juiciest meat.
  • Let the chicken rest for 30 minutes before carving.
aga roast chicken meat

Equipment Used

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The Best Aga Roast Chicken

The best Aga roast chicken! Crispy skin, juicy meat & stuffed with garlic, lemon & herbs for ultimate flavour. Serve this as part of a roast dinner or for an easy mid week meal.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 45 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: English
Servings: 4 People
Author: Ben Racey

Equipment

  • Aga Roasting Tin (With Rack)
  • Digital Food Probe

Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg Whole Chicken Giblets Removed
  • 1 Bulb Garlic
  • 1 Lemon
  • 10 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 10 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • Maldon Salt
  • Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

Instructions

  • Untie your chicken if it's trussed then place in a roasting tin (on a rack).
  • Dry the chicken's skin with kitchen paper then leave to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Next, cut the bulb of garlic in half & the lemon into thick slices. Stuff into the chicken's cavity along with the fresh herbs.
  • Drizzle the veg oil over the chicken then use your hands (or a pastry brush) to massage into the skin.
  • Generously season the chicken all over with Maldon salt & freshly cracked black pepper then slide the roasting tin onto the bottom set of runners in the baking oven.
    If you're using a two oven Aga, slide the tray onto the bottom set of runners in the roasting oven & place a cold plain shelf 3 runners above.
  • Cook the chicken for 30 minutes then turn the tin around & cook for another 30-35 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 65°c/150°f.
  • Transfer the chicken to the roasting oven (on the second from bottom set of runners) & cook for 10-15 minutes. Once cooked, the chicken will be golden brown, crispy & will have an internal temperature of 73°c/163°f.
    If you're cooking in a two oven Aga, remove the cold plain shelf & move the roasting tin up 1 set of runners.
    Take the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thighs & breasts.
    To be fully cooked, chicken needs to reach an internal temperature of 75°c/165°f. The chicken's temperature will continue rising after it is removed from the oven which is why we take it out at 73°c.
  • Loosely cover the chicken with foil & leave to rest for 30 minutes before carving.
  • To carve, cut the legs off at the thigh joint, remove the wings & cut the breast meat off the bone (either in slices or as whole breasts).

Notes

To avoid overcooking the chicken, we’re cooking it to an internal temperature of 73°c/163°f. Chicken is fully cooked when it reaches 75°c/165°f but the internal temperature will rise a couple of degrees when it comes out of the oven. If you’re worried about undercooking chicken, take the chicken to 75°c/165°f in the oven.
This recipe is for a 1.5kg chicken which will serve 4 people. If you’re cooking a large chicken, keep in mind that the cook time will be slightly longer.
Don’t worry about peeling the garlic!

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