Garlic Roast Chicken With White Wine Sauce

Garlic roast chicken
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 100 mins
Total: 2 hrs
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1116 Calories
61g Fat
15g Carbs
116g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 1116
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 61g 78%
Saturated Fat 17g 83%
Cholesterol 356mg 119%
Sodium 530mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 116g
Calcium 154mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you want a really tasty roast chicken without too much fuss, then this garlic roast chicken recipe is for you.

The chicken is stuffed with lemon and bay leaves then roasted in a delicious sauce of white wine, rosemary, and 20 garlic cloves. While this may sound like a lot, the dish is not overly garlicky. The garlic is roasted in its skin and imparts a delicate flavor to the white-wine sauce.

Pair it with delicious Australian and New Zealand side dishes, including salads and roasted vegetables.


  • 3.7 pounds/1.7 kilograms whole chicken (free-range, patted dry inside and out)
  • 1 lemon (halved)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh rosemary (​finely chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 13.5 ounces/400 milliliters chicken stock
  • 3.38 ounces/100 milliliters white wine
  • 20 cloves garlic (unpeeled)

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 375 F (190 C).

  2. Pat the chicken dry. Place lemon halves and bay leaves in the chicken cavity. Tie the legs together with kitchen string.

  3. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, rosemary, and salt. Rub mixture over the entire chicken.

  4. Place the chicken in a large baking dish. Set aside.

  5. Bring the chicken stock, white wine and garlic cloves to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Pour the liquid and garlic cloves into the baking dish around the chicken. Cover baking dish with foil, crimping the edges tightly around the dish so that no steam can escape. Roast for 1 hour 20 minutes.

  6. After this time, remove chicken from oven and remove the foil. Place chicken back in the oven, and roast for another 20 minutes or until the chicken is golden brown.

  7. Remove chicken from the oven and loosely cover it in tinfoil. Let it rest for about 15 minutes.

  8. Spoon the sauce from the baking dish into a saucepan, and keep it warm. You can strain some of the garlic cloves into the sauce, or just keep the cloves whole.

  9. Serve chicken with garlic sauce on the side. Place a few garlic cloves on each plate so that guests can squeeze garlic onto the chicken if they wish.