Delicious Roast Chicken Dinner
A fantastic tradition in Britain is that of the great British roast chicken Sunday dinner. Read more about the traditional Sunday Roast here. A bisto roast chicken dinner is certainly one of the favourite variants of this.
I have many recollections as a kid of us sitting around the table on a Sunday. We always had to wait for my father to get back from golf, so we could eat our traditional Sunday lunch together. The Sunday dinner tradition was very strong in our household. My Mum was (and still is) a great cook and would always do us proud.
Family Sunday Lunch
The roast meat was always lamb, chicken, pork, beef or whatever that week had been on offer. And the side dishes would be a combination of roast potatoes, greens, carrots, parsnips and other vegetables. There was normally also some other strange English invention on the table. Things like bread or mint sauce or stuffing – all depending on the meat. All delicious of course.
We would scoff ourselves fully, a bit like at Christmas, and then relax on the couch and invariably fall asleep!
Competing student’s mums
All my friends at school and University also had a similar Sunday lunch tradition and it was interesting to see how it varied from house to house. I studied at University in the North of England. There it seemed to be a challenge for all of my friend’s mothers to feed us all until we popped.
Some of my friend’s Mums really put on the most incredible spreads with the tabletop covered in different types of vegetable: boiled, fried, roasted, baked – everything was possible. I have some very happy memories of those days and the long-lasting friendships that I made at that time.
This was an important part of growing up and I remember thinking I would always like to make this a thing in my own house when I was older. And these days, when all my family is together, which is unfortunately not very often, I love to get everyone around the table and give them a roast dinner.
Dinner or lunch?
Whether you call it ‘dinner’ or ‘lunch’ depends a bit on where you are from in the UK. Northerners tend to call the meal in the middle of the day ‘dinner’. Whereas down South this would be referred to as ‘lunch’ and ‘dinner would be the evening meal. Where the cut-off point for this is I do not know. But suspect it must be around the Midlands somewhere.
In any case I am originally a Southerner that studied up North, so am still a bit confused. Or bilingual you might say! I still call it a traditional Sunday dinner!
How long to cook a roast chicken?
The cooking time will be about 20 minutes per 450g weight of chicken plus an extra 20 minutes (depending a bit on the size of the chicken).
This is a simple roast chicken recipe. In these pictures, it is served up with roast potatoes, garlic carrots, roast chicken stuffing (sage and onion) and roasted stem broccoli together with some lovely gravy using a Bisto gravy granules recipe.
How to make a Sunday roast chicken dinner