Delicious Roast Chicken Dinner
A fantastic tradition in Britain is that of the great British roast chicken Sunday dinner. This post will show you how to cook a wonderful roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings.
If you want more information on the traditional Sunday roast, and its origins, Wikipedia will provide you with more detail.
A Bisto roast chicken dinner is certainly one of the favourite variants of the Sunday roast.
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 his 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 sauce or mint sauce or stuffing – all depending on the meat. All delicious of course, once you have got over the initial shock 🙂
We would scoff ourselves fully, a bit like at Christmas, and then relax on the couch and invariably fall asleep!
Competing Student’s Mum’s Sunday Lunches
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. They all LOVE my roast potatoes and gravy.
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.
Bisto Gravy Granules Recipe
The recipe for gravy is included in the recipe card below and is very simple. I use a combination of a chicken OXO cube, the juices from the chicken, the water from the parboiled potatoes, and some gravy granules to give a delicious chicken gravy that goes beautifully with the roast potatoes.
Good luck making you first Sunday Roast. Timing is everything!
How to make a Sunday roast chicken dinner
And for using up any leftovers: