Mustard Roast Chicken

10 minutes + 1 hour 40 minutes Serves 6


  • Size 18, 1.8kg chicken, trimmed, washed, dried
  • ½ onion, peeled, quartered
  • ½ lemon, quartered
  • 90g butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup wholegrain mustard
  • Roast vegetables, or oven-roast chips and salad, to serve
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How to Prepare a Chicken or Turkey for Roasting


1. Preheat oven to moderate, 180°C.

2. Place chicken on a rack in a large baking pan. Fill the cavity with onion and lemon. Tie legs together with kitchen string. Tuck wings under.

3. In a small bowl combine butter and mustard. Season to taste. Rub butter mixture over chicken.

4. Bake for 1 hour 40 minutes, basting occasionally, until juices run clear when tested with a skewer. Rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Carve chicken to serve with roast vegetables of your choice, or oven-roast chips and salad.

Tip: Before baking, wash whole chicken under cold running water. Pat dry, inside and out, with paper towels.

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