Saturday 1 March 2014

Basil, Lemon and Garlic Roasted Chicken

Cook Like A Star is back and these two months, we are not just cooking along with one celebrity chef but any of the previous chefs! So now you can choose recipes from Donna Hay, Barefoot Contessa, Jamie Oliver, Martha Stewart, Delia Smith, Curtis Stone, Ree Drummond and Bill Granger recipes! 

ALL Stars Anniversary Cooking / Baking for Cook like a Star March and April 2014 celebrates  Cook like a Star's 2nd year anniversary and is hosted by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Joyce of Kitchen Flavours. These past two years sure have gone by quickly!

As I did not take part in the Donna Hay event, the first thing I did was to go through her website to check out which recipes I would like to do. The first thing that caught my eye was this roasted chicken which turned out easy to make and flavourful from the aromatic mix of basil, lemon and garlic. 

I think another chicken part would probably work well too, say chicken thighs or drumsticks as I felt that the chicken breasts (though healthier) tend to be more dry when baked. This is a great one-dish meal!

Basil, Lemon and Garlic Roasted Chicken (Serves 2)
Recipe by Donna Hay

  • ¼ cup chopped basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ¼ cup (60ml) olive oil
  • 2 x 250g chicken breast fillets, skin on and wingtip attached, trimmed
  • 2 zucchini (courgettes), sliced
  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup basil leaves, extra
  • lemon wedges, to serve
  • Preheat oven to 220°C (425°F). 
  • Place the basil, lemon zest, garlic and oil in a bowl and stir to combine. 
  • Place the chicken and zucchini on a baking tray and spoon over the basil mixture. (I marinated the chicken in the basil mixture for 1 hour).
  • Roast for 10 minutes. 
  • Add the tomatoes and roast for a further 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Top with extra basil leaves and serve with lemon wedges.
This is for Cook Like A Star hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours, Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Mich of Piece of Cake. 


  1. Hi Mich,
    This looks delicious! Donna Hay recipes are simple yet so flavourful!
    I would go with chicken thighs too!
    I'm pretty excited cooking with All Stars, looking forward to see all the delicious dishes that our friends will be making! :)

  2. Delicioso plato de pollo me gustan los muslos tambièn,saludos y abrazos.

  3. Good morning Mitch, I love chicken and yours looks so delicious and healthy. Will definitely check for more recipes for CLAS event :)

  4. Looks delicious, just the type of dish for me to make during the water crisis that we are facing :) I think we can save on washing by eating from the baking dish too, lol!

  5. Chicken breast is a favourite. This looks utterly delicious with basil and garlic. Well done, Mich.

  6. Mich, the vibrant colors of this dish suggests that it is very delicious!

  7. These are absolutely lovely!

  8. I am all about one pan dishes. Delicious, fast and low cleanup! Wishing you a super weekend. BAM

  9. Oh, Mich, what a lovely dish of roast chicken & I love those orangy-colour tomatoes too!

  10. Wow, I love this really aromatic chicken dish. All those beautiful flavours packed together must give a fab taste to the chicken!

  11. One dish meals are theeeeee best, Mich and this looks delicious too! I love all the great flavors going on and as you say, any part of the chicken would certainly impart all this goodness!!! Thanks so much for sharing, Mich...

  12. I like this all-in-one meal. Fuss free!

  13. Beautiful, tasty and fragrant. What else would you want in a dish? Love it.

  14. Hi Mich,

    I thought we have know each other for so long... Don't remember that you have not participate Donna Hay event before :p

    I love love love Donna Hay! She is the queen of food beauty :D I can see her celebrity sparks in your lemon roasted chicken.


  15. all ingredients are my favourite! i love your presentation.. so very pretty

  16. Easy to make and it sound really good!

  17. I've never tried Donna Hay's recipes before as well, should check her recipes out. I just made something from Delia today - will post it soon!

  18. Hi Mich, Looks so good! I've gotta look up Donna Hay's recipes too. :)

  19. I like this kind of meal...simple to put together and so tasty...thanks for sharing this recipe Mich.
    Have a great week :D

  20. I'm gonna check out Donna Hay's book at the lib :D Love this simple yet hearty dish !

  21. This looks like a really delicious meal! I love all the flavors with the chicken.

  22. Lovely colours. Looks like a very fresh dish.

  23. Hi Mich, sound like a great combination. Your chicken dish look very delightful. Well done!

    Best regards.

  24. Awesome post, thanks for sharing this post..

  25. Great article, it is nice to read your article..

  26. Flavourful & very appetizing chicken indeed ! YUM ;)

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