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Roast chicken stuffed with herbs

Prep time 30 mins to 1 hour
Cook time 30 mins to 1 hour
Serves 4-5
From Return to Tuscany
Chicken spiked with aromatic sage and rosemary, roasted with potatoes cooking in the aromatic juices.


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  2. Combine the sage and rosemary with the salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  3. Cut small incisions all over the chicken and stuff the herb mixture into these.

  4. Place the potatoes and garlic in a roasting tray. Drizzle with olive oil and place the chicken on top. Generously season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then roast for about one hour or until the juices run clear and the potatoes are lightly browned.

  5. Once cooked cut the chicken into individual portions for 4-5 people. Arrange the chicken portions on top of the potatoes and return to the oven for another five minutes.

  6. Allow the chicken to rest for 10 minutes before serving.


  • 1 bunch sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 sprigs rosemary, leaves finely chopped
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • ½ tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 900g-1.2kg/2-2½lb whole chicken
  • 1 kg/2¼lb potatoes, peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic, unpeeled and lightly crushed
  • extra virgin olive oil

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