Succulent roasted thyme chicken with sweet maple parsnips and wilted rocket

Succulent roasted thyme chicken with sweet maple parsnips and wilted rocket

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  • 6
  • Easy
  • Carb Conscious
  • 30 minutes
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • L’Avenir Chardonnay 2007


  • 1 large organic chicken
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 10 g fresh thyme
  • 60 g butter, cubed
  • 10 g sea salt, ground
  • 10 parsnips
  • 8 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • 4 T organic maple syrup
  • 60 g fresh rocket, rinsed
  • 1 T olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to tasste

Cooking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Place the chicken on a greased baking tray then rub with 30ml (2T) olive oil. Top with fresh thyme, 30g cubed butter and sea salt.

Coat the parsnips and whole garlic cloves in the remaining olive oil then place around the chicken.

Generously drizzle with maple syrup then dot with the remaining butter.

Place in the oven for 1 hour, or until the parsnips are tender and caramelised – roll every 10 minutes to ensure the flavour is evenly absorbed.

When the chicken and parsnips are cooked, place a pan over a medium heat then toss the rocket in a little olive oil and lemon juice. Quickly stir-fry until the leaves are just beginning to wilt.

Serve on a large platter with succulent chicken pieces and roasted sweet parsnips. Season with sea salt and a crack of black pepper.

Cook’s tips: Using a brush, frequently baste the chicken with the released juices during cooking to create a crisp, golden skin. Try baby spinach instead of rocket.

Per serving: 2964.5kJ, 39.6g protein, 52.3g fat, 18.9g carbs

Abigail Donnelly Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly
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