Rosemary Conley’s balsamic roast chicken recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 30 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 124 kCal 6%
Fat 4.3g 6%
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    • 4 chicken thighs, skin removed
    • 2 tbsps good-quality balsamic vinegar
    • 1 red onion, finely chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
    • 2 fresh sage leaves
    • 2 red peppers, deseeded and cut into quarters
    • 2 tbsps chopped fresh parsley
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper


    • Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.

    • Place the chicken pieces on a non-stick roasting tray. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over, then sprinkle with the onion and garlic and season. Add the sage leaves and red pepper quarters, then pour 150ml of water into the base of the roasting tin.

    • Roast in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes, basting every 10 minutes to prevent the chicken from drying out. Sprinkle parsley over and serve with new potatoes and fresh vegetables.

    Top tip for making Rosemary Conley’s balsamic roast chicken

    You can also roast a whole chicken using this method - just increase the remaining ingredients proportionately and roast in the oven at 190°C, 375°F, Gas Mark 5, allowing 20 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 20 minutes extra.

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