Roasted Chicken with Gravy

roasted chicken with gravy
Roasted chicken is one of those meals that rotates on our meal plan every fortnight. It's wholesome, everyone loves it and I love being able to pop everything in the oven and forget about it. This recipe is deceptively easy to make with a delicious, homemade gravy, just the way my Mum makes! The key to a perfectly cooked chicken is to cook it low and slow. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. Check out the recipe notes for how to roast a whole chicken in your air fryer.


  • 1 whole chicken (1.2kg – 1.8kg)
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp dried herbs of choice (I like thyme or oregano)
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp salt (or chicken stock powder, see note 1)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 thick slices fresh lemon
  • 2 carrots cut in half length ways
  • 2 brown or red onions cut in half (leave skin on)
  • 1 garlic bulb sliced in half (leave skin on)
  • Fresh thyme to serve (optional)
  • Cooking twine (optional, note 1)


  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp chicken stock powder (or 1 chicken stock cube)
  • Pan drippings


  1. Preheat oven to 180C (all oven types).
  2. Place chicken in large baking dish, pat dry with paper towel, this assists in getting crispy skin.
  3. Sprinkle chicken with paprika, herbs, pepper, salt (or chicken stock powder if using) and drizzle with olive oil. Use your hands to rub the marinade all over the chicken evenly.
  4. Stuff the two lemon rounds into the cavity and tie the legs with twine (it’s not essential to tie the legs, see note 2).
  5. Surround the chicken with the roasting vegetables (carrots, brown or red onions and garlic).
  6. Roast 1.5 hours adding 1/2 cup of water every 30 minutes. Make sure you shuffle the vegetables and chicken around a little bit when you add the water. This is important, it will stop the vegetables getting burnt.
  7. Once the chicken is cooked, set it aside uncovered (covering it will make the skin go soft) while you make your gravy. It is important you allow the chicken to rest for at least 10 minutes to ensure it is succulent and soft.


  1. Place the baking tray with vegetables on the stove. If you don’t have a baking tray compatible with your stovetop, see note 3.
  2. Add the flour and stir with the vegetables to make a paste. Cook stirring 1 minute.
  3. Add the stock powder (or stock cube if using)  and 2 cups of water. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. The gravy will begin to thicken.
  4. If the gravy is too thick, slowly add some more water, 1 tbsp at a time.
  5. Once the gravy is at your desired consistency, use a sieve to strain it. Push through as much of the vegetable mix as you can through the sieve to create a delicious, thick, gravy.
  6. Serve the gravy alongside the roasted chicken. Sprinkle with fresh thyme to serve (if using).
  7. Try serving with these incredible cripsy potatoes and steamed green beans.


Note 1 – You can substitute salt for a good quality chicken stock powder. I love the San Elk brand, it gives the chicken an extra depth and richness.

Note 2Do I need to truss my chicken when roasting? The twine assists in sealing in the juices and allows the chicken to cook more evenly (it stops too much hot air circulating inside the cavity, stopping the chicken breast from cooking too quickly and drying out).  I have cooked chicken many times using this recipe without the twine and it’s still absolutely delicious. The cooking twine is optional and not essential.

Note 3 – If you don’t have a baking tray compatible with your stove top, pour the pan drippings and vegetables into a large skillet instead.

How do I cook a whole chicken in the air fryer? Use the same method as above to marinate the chicken. Place the chicken in the air fryer basket and cook at 180c for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Allow the chicken to rest for at least 10 minutes uncovered before carving and serving.

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