Roast Chicken – “Irish Chicken Pizza”


  • 1 whole chicken or boneless whole chicken
  • 1 sour dough cob loaf
  • 3 or 4 potatoes, cut 1 thick slices
  • Olive oil
  • Butter – approx 50g
  • 2 small lemons, stab skin several times with sharp knife or skewer
  • Fresh Tarragon
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Fresh Basil
  • Lots of garlic
  • Grated Parmesan
  • Salt flakes
  • Fresh ground pepper


  • Pre-heat oven at 230° C
  • Lay the potato slices on an oiled roasting pan to make base trivet (alternatively use an actual trivet)
  • Slice the top off the bread loaf to make a 2-3 cm thick trivet – place on top of potato slice trivet
  • Sprinkle the bread with lots of tarragon, thyme & basil leaves and lots of garlic. Pour over oil and dollops of butter. Season all over with salt & pepper.
  • Sprinkle all over with plenty of parmesan. It should look like you have made a thick bread crust pizza
  • Fill the the chicken cavity with lemons and stalks of tarragon, thyme & basil & some garlic. Tie the drumsticks together.
  • Lightly oil the skin and season all over with salt & pepper
  • Place the chicken on top of the “pizza”
  • Bake at 200° for 20 minutes – turn the oven down to 160° and bake another 45 minutes


  • Break up the chicken – squeeze the cooked lemon over. The chicken will be yummy and moist – but the bread – OMG


  • Bread – or you could used a French stick or several roll.
  • Herbs – use any fresh herbs you like – I don’t think you can go wrong!
  • Butter & oil – the original recipe used “tonnes” (80g butter & 300 ml oil) – it all gets absorbed in the bread and is yummm. BUT – it all gets absorbed in the bread and is yummm!!!

Stolen from Colin Fassnidge

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