Country chicken and vegetables

Country chicken and vegetables

15 mins
Cooking time
60 mins
Ian Hofstetter

We used a whole chicken for this all-in-one-dish roast, but you may prefer to buy your favourite chicken pieces so there’s no fighting over who gets the drumsticks. Cooking time will be a little shorter with chicken pieces.


Quantity Ingredient
500g chat potatoes, halved
300g sweet potato, peeled and chopped
2 leeks, trimmed, thoroughly washed and sliced
1 knob garlic, separated and unpeeled
1 bunch thyme
1.8kg whole chicken, cleaned, dried, quartered and skin removed
1 cup white wine or water
freshly ground black pepper
4 field mushrooms, trimmed
2 roma tomatoes, quartered
2 zucchini, quartered
2 baby eggplants, quartered


  1. Preheat the oven to moderate, 180ºC.
  2. Arrange the potatoes, leek, garlic and thyme in a large baking tray.
  3. Place the chicken portions on top of the vegetables and pour over the wine or water. Sprinkle with a good grinding of black pepper. Bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Add the mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant to the baking tray. Bake for a further 30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

Super ingredient: Thyme

  • Thanks to its aromatic oils, thyme imparts a wonderful savoury flavour to your cooking and goes well with any meat, soup or slow-cooked casserole. Like rosemary and oregano, it is high in polyphenols, a class of antioxidant that may cut the risk of heart disease. Thyme is easy to grow and is wonderful to have on hand so you can add a sprig of fresh thyme when you need it.
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