What you'll need
1 teaspoon vegemite (or marmite)
2 cloves garlic
1 bunch of fresh thyme
a little butter
a little olive oil
What to do
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Wash and prepare your chicken for roasting. Get a large baking tray which has a raised rack (or you can put in a cooling cake rack) and place the chicken on top. It should be up off the bottom of the tray.
Gently pull the skin away from the chicken at the breast until you have a good pocket and squeeze your lemon inside. Then spread the vegemite over the chicken covering the breast, legs and wings. Gently bruise your garlic cloves and put them inside the cavity of the chicken along with some sprigs on thyme. Crumble a few remaining leaves over the top of the chicken. Finish off by placing teaspoon sized dollops of butter on the legs and wings and drizzle lightly with olive oil.
Poor the boiling water around the chicken so it fills the base of the tray; it should be about an inch deep. Roast in the oven until cooked (generally 20 minutes cooking time plus an extra 20 minutes for every 450g of chicken, e.g., a 900g chicken would take an hour).
Serve with your favourite roasted veggies.
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Flossie I hope you're up there watching because I love your chicken and am sure everyone else will too.
Photos by Krissie.