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Italian Roast Chicken Recipe

Oven Roasted Chicken Recipe

The delicous Basil Pesto makes this Italian Roast Chicken Recipe so marvelous. I have included the Pesto sauce recipe below and I highly recommend making this homemade version which originated from Liguria in Northern Italy. If you prefer you can use shop bought Pesto.

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Italian Roasted Chicken Ingredients

  • 1 large roasting chicken
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) Basil Pesto (recipe below)
  • shavings of Parmesan cheese

How To Cook Italian Roast Chicken With Pesto

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 deg C or 350 deg F. Place the wholeroasting chicken on a roaster or in your prefered roasting dish.

  2. Garnish with the Parmesan cheese shavings and enjoy it with your favourite Roasted Chicken accompaniments. My favourites are roast potatoes, baby peas and cauliflower with cheese sauce.
Oven Roasted Chicken Recipe Notes: The Roast Chicken Cooking Time may vary according to your oven heat setting and the size of the chicken you use.

Perfect Basil Pesto Recipe


  • 200ml (3/4 cup) fresh Basil leaves
  • 1 clove Garlic, peeled
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) olive oil
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) toasted pine nuts
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) grated Parmesan Cheese
  • salt to taste

Place the basil, garlic, salt and about half the olive oil in the food processor. Process so that the mix is finely chopped. Then add the nuts and the rest of the olive oil and process until the pine nuts are lightly chopped. Finally add the Parmesan cheese and process until it's all mixed together. You can store this Pesto in the refrigerator for up to a week or you can freeze it in small blocks (like ice cube trays) for whenever you need Pesto.

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