Classic Basil Pesto Roast Chicken

On the table in 100mins

Serves 4


  • 1 x approx. 1.75kg whole chicken
  • 600g vegetables, e.g. potatoes, carrots, parsnips, butternut squash, celeriac
  • ½ lemon
  • ¾ jar Sacla’ Classic Basil Pesto
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan oven 160°C. Weigh the chicken and calculate the cooking time, allowing 20 minutes per 450g, plus 20 minutes
  2. Peel and chop the vegetables and place in a roasting tin
  3. Push the lemon half into the chicken cavity. Use your fingers to pinch the skin around the chicken breasts to loosen it a bit, then slide your fingers under the skin, separating it from the meat all along the breast
  4. Spread half of the Pesto under the skin and add a spoonful of Pesto to the cavity also
  5. Coat the vegetables with the remaining Pesto and place the chicken on top. Drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle with some salt and pepper
  6. Roast in the oven for the calculated time. To test if the chicken is done, slice between the leg and the breast, if the juices run clear then the chicken should be cooked

Made with...

Sacla' Classic Basil Pesto 190g

Fragrant, fresh and still our No.1 Pesto. We believe it’s all down to how we grow the leaves – under the strong Italian sunshine wafted by a soft, salty sea breeze.

To make Sacla’ Classic Basil Pesto, we pound together the fresh leaves with Grana Padano, Pecorino Romano and pine nuts. With one jar of our Basil Pesto you can create endless authentic dishes and Italian sides – from Friday night pizza and garlic bread, to prawn pasta and chicken tagliatelle.

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