Apologies for the quality of the photo but when there's a hungry husband and son waiting to be served some food there isn't much time to play with camera settings and angles!
This is one of the ways my mum roasts a chicken and it's a favourite with all of us, hope you like it too.
Sunday Roast Chicken
1 whole chicken
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 or 5 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes (mild)
1 teaspoon paprika
2 or 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 a lemon cut into segments
Place the chicken whole or cut in half in a tray. Peel and cut some potatoes (I like to use Maris Piper) to roast in the same tray as the chicken.
In a pan heat the olive oil with the butter, over a very low heat, until the butter melts. Add the chilli flakes, paprika, garlic, lemon and salt and stir.
Pour this mixture over the chicken and potatoes making sure they're evenly covered (you can use a brush or your hands to do this) and roast. In my oven this usually takes 1hour 30 minutes on Gas Mark 5 and I stir the potatoes and turn the chicken half way through.
Serve with salad or steamed vegetables. Instead of the roast potatoes you can also serve the chicken with white rice and chips.
Enjoy your Sunday roast!