Roasted Chicken Recipes: Spanish Chicken

by AJ

This is one of my favorite roasted chicken recipes: Spanish Chicken. The meat is just so moist and tender, it literally falls off the bone when you carve it.

Of all the roasted chicken recipes I make, this is my family's favorite. Stuffing the chicken with lemons means that the juices are released during cooking, keeping the flesh moist and tender.

I like to add small potatoes to the pan half way through cooking, which also saves on the washing up!

I also love the fact that this recipe is wheat free.


Spanish Chicken with Gremolata

Easy Chicken Recipe - one of the best roast chicken recipes I know!
Spanish Chicken
Spanish Chicken
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Equipment needed for this easy chicken recipe

Large roasting pan

Lemon peeler

Salt and pepper grinders

Parchment paper (we call it greaseproof paper in the UK)

Sharp knife

Serving dish for the chicken, choritzo and potatoes

Serving jug for the sauce (which is called Gremolata)

Ingredients for Spanish Chicken

Serves 6 - 8

1 Large chicken (mine usually weighs around 5.5 pounds or 2.5 kilos)

2 pounds of small new potatoes (do not peel)

1 pound or 500 grams of choritzo sausage

2 lemons

Flat leaf parsley

2 cloves garlic

Freshly ground salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4

Preparing Spanish Chicken

Cooking time 3 hours (varies depending on size of the chicken)

Pare the peel off both the lemons (try not to get too much pith on the peel) and keep to one side

Place the lemons in water and boil for 5 minutes

Drain and prick the lemons with a small, sharp knife or you can use a fork

Remove the parsley leaves from their stalks

Place the chicken in a roasting pan that is big enough to take the chicken and all the potatoes, which you will add later

Stuff the cavity of the chicken with the lemons and the parsley stalks

Season the chicken with freshly ground salt and pepper, then drizzle with olive oil

Take a piece of parchment (greaseproof) paper that is large enough to cover the chicken, wet the paper under a cold tap (which makes it more flexible) and tuck it over the chicken

Put the chicken in the oven and cook for approx 2 hours

While the chicken is cooking, wash and dry the potatoes. Put them in a bowl, season with freshly ground salt and pepper and cover with olive oil

Slice the choritzo sausage about ¼ inch (0.5cm) thick

When the chicken has been cooking for a couple of hours, add the potatoes and choritzo.

Recover with parchment paper and cook for another hour

When cooked remove the potatoes and choritzo and keep warm, while you turn up the heat in the oven, just to brown the chicken if necessary

Note: Cooking times will vary depending on the size of the chicken



Preparing Gremolata

Parsley, garlic and lemon zest
Preparing Gremolata
Preparing Gremolata
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Sauce for Spanish Chicken


Finely chop the lemon peel

Chop the parsley leaves

Finely chop the garlic

Put into a serving jug

When the chicken is cooked, drain off the juice and heat in a saucepan

Squeeze in some lemon juice from the lemons that have been cooking inside the chicken

Pour the juice over the lemon peel, parsley and garlic


Lovely, zingey sauce for Spanish Chicken
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Serving Spanish Chicken

Easy to serve

Put the potatoes and choritzo sausage in a large, warm serving dish.

Carve the chicken and lay on top of the potatoes and sausage.

Garnish with flat leaf parsley

Serve the gremolata in a warm jug

I usually serve this dish with a salad and peas. Peas because Lizzie does not like salad!

Chicken Stock

Use the chicken carcase

Once I have carved the chicken meat I often use the carcase to make chicken stock.

When the stock is cool, I put a freezer bag into a measuring jug and pour the stock in, I usually freeze in quantities of one pint.

I then tie the bag and put it into a plastic container into the freezer. Once the stock is frozen, I remove the container and store the stock until needed.

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Updated: 02/24/2014, AJ
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RuthCox on 11/17/2014

I am always looking for new ways to prepare chicken and your roasted Spanish chicken sounds like a winner!

Mladen on 03/11/2012

This looks so delicious! I love to eat chicken and I would surely try this.

barbarab on 09/10/2011

AJ these recipes are fantastic! dont you think you should put them in a book? I do!

sara on 08/16/2011

Love Spanish dishes. This looks great. Thanks AJ.

UrbanGrandma on 06/30/2011

What a beautiful recipe. I think I will have to make this one. Most of mine turn out like CRAP usually.

hamshi5433 on 06/20/2011

ohhh i had to click on this recipe after seeing that mouth watering picture of it..Sounds and looks so yummy..Defo worth giving a try. :D

howcurecancer on 06/09/2011

I like the sauce. Yummy!

nightbear on 06/08/2011

So this is Spanish Chicken? I have never tried it, but I have heard of it. I also had heard of Gremolata but didn't know what it was. I have learned a lot with your new page. thank you for that.

kimbesa on 06/08/2011

This sounds really good...thanks!

ohme on 06/08/2011

Your Roasted Chicken Recipe sounds and looks delicious. I had never heard of Gremolata

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