This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Julia's One Pot Chicken Roast

Food

The time has finally come to say goodbye to our dear friend Julia Busuttil Nishimura, after a month of easy-peasy recipes to inspire your weeknight dinner repertoire.

We’ve LOVED seeing you cook along with us – don’t forget to share your recipe recreation on Instagram under the hashtag #TDFchef for your last chance to win a copy of Julia’s acclaimed cookbook, OSTRO!

27th November, 2018

Julia’s one-pot chicken roast. Styling – Lucy Feagins, Stylist Assistant – Ashley Simonetto, Photo – Eve Wilson.

Olives and tomatoes for the roast. Styling – Lucy Feagins, Stylist Assistant – Ashley Simonetto, Photo – Eve Wilson.

Winner winner! Styling – Lucy Feagins, Stylist Assistant – Ashley Simonetto, Photo – Eve Wilson.

Julia Busuttil Nishimura
Tuesday 27th November 2018

‘Roast dinners need not only be for Sundays!’ – Julia Busuttil Nishimura.

Roast dinners need not only be for Sundays, when the day is long and you have lots of time to spend waiting for something to cook! By using chicken thighs on the bone, you get all the flavour of a whole roast chicken in only a fraction of the time, and with minimal effort. Besides parboiling the potatoes first, everything is placed in the one pan and cooked together, leaving you with wonderfully flavoured chicken and potatoes which have been roasting with the tomatoes and aromatics.

I don’t always stick to this combination though, sometimes I’ll add fennel and use chickpeas instead of potatoes, different herbs or I might even marinate the chicken. It just depends on my mood and what I have in the fridge and cupboard. Vegetables that are usually suited to being roasted will work so let your mid-week creativity flow (or stick to my recipe for guaranteed success)!

I’ve made this one in a beautiful pan, which can be brought straight from the oven to the table for serving. It can all be cooked on large trays instead though, which makes for the easiest dinner when feeding a crowd. If you want to get really organised too, you can assemble everything hours ahead, store it in the fridge, then bring it back to room temperature just before roasting!

Ingredients (serves 4-6)

600g waxy potatoes such as kipfler or nicola

1kg chicken thighs, bone in, skin on

1 lemon

1 bulb of garlic, halved horizontally

Handful each of oregano and thyme, plus extra to garnish

60ml white wine

Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling

1 tbsp unsalted butter

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

50g mixed olives

250g cherry tomatoes

Method

Preheat oven to 200C.

Parboil potatoes then cut into halves or quarters, if large.

Arrange the chicken, skin side up, and potatoes in a large pan or roasting tray – something not too deep is ideal to allow the chicken to become nice and golden.

Peel strips from the lemon and add to the pan along with the garlic. Scatter over the herbs, tucking them in and amongst the chicken and potatoes so they don’t burn easily.

Cut the lemon in half and squeeze over the juice and pour in the wine. Drizzle over plenty of olive oil and dot the chicken with butter. Season generously with sea salt and pepper.

Roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Add the olive and cherry tomatoes and continue cooking for a further 20 minutes or until the chicken is golden and the tomatoes have blistered.

Top with extra herbs and serve.

This Week

Family

Journalist Nas Campanella On Parenting With Blindness + Building Disability Awareness

How ABC journalist Nas Campanella navigates motherhood as a person living with blindness and Charcot-Marie-Tooth.

Art

10 Emerging, Affordable Artists You Need To Have On Your Watchlist!

From ethereal still lifes to striking ceramic work, and meticulous soft pastel drawings, these are the artists to start collecting now!

Interiors

Before + After: A Dated Brick Home Turned Coastal Holiday Home

Dark timber and dated tiles have been replaced with light and bright interiors in this Mornington Peninsula beach house.
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Brazilian-Inspired Update Of A 1920s Brisbane Cottage

Bowen by Shaun Lockyer Architects elevates a 1920s cottage with a stunning renovation and addition.

Creative People

A Noosa Design Studio's Chic New Office, Inside A Former 80s Club

CLO Studios' have transformed an old music club into their dreamy new office space, and it's filled with eclectic design inspiration!
Christina Karras

Sustainable Homes

How An Architect Turned This 1930s Bungalow Into A Sustainable Family Haven

Architect Emily Sandstrom's warm family home runs off solar power, with a vegetable garden and impressive entertaining area hidden inside!
Christina Karras

On The Market

A Rare Robin Boyd House Is Available To Rent

You could be the next tenant of this house, designed by Australia's most famous architect.

Shopping

Shop The Chunky, Colourful Furniture You’ve Seen All Over The Internet

Meet the tradie brothers behind FEARON, who have been making quirky, must-have furniture that blends fun with functionality!
Christina Karras

Gardens

A Native Garden For An Off-Grid Home, That Embraces The Elements

Native grasses, towering gum trees and panoramic views help draw the award-winning Elemental House into its natural surrounds.
Christina Karras

Homes

An Owner-Designed Renovation Of A 1970s South Yarra Apartment

How designers Lola Digby-Diercks and Sebastian Owen completely transformed their South Yarra apartment in just six months.

Studio Visit

Dani McKenzie’s Detailed Paintings Look Like Familiar Photographs

The Melbourne artist recreates local streetscapes and everyday scenes, filled with intimate reminders of our own inner-worlds.
Christina Karras

Homes

A Cosy Retro Rental In Melbourne’s North West

Dog lovers Michelle Campbell and Katy Louise share their warm and welcoming rented home in Maidstone.

Art

9 Unmissable Exhibitions To See In 2023!

From NGV's Alexander McQueen exhibition, to a showcase of Frida Kahlo's works, here are the must-see exhibitions of the coming year.
Christina Karras
  4 hours ago

Creative People

How Powerhouse Designer, Yuwaalaraay Woman Lucy Simpson Is Making Waves

How the Sydney based designer weaves stories of Country and culture into her collaborations with leading brands, such as JAG and Breville.
Jirra Lulla Harvey

Design Eye

How to Create Fun + Playful Interiors, With Studio Joy’s Kristel Marshall

The Melbourne designer shares how to balance minimalism and maximalism with playful colours and bold furniture – in a way that won't date!...
Christina Karras

Similar Stories

Food

Julia's Easy Bucatini With Lemon Mascarpone

Julia Busuttil Nishimura shares her favourite quick and easy weeknight dinner ideas, like this deceptively decadent pasta dish that's ready
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Food

Julia's Brown Rice And Salmon Bowl

Stuck for dinner tonight (and lunch tomorrow)? Julia Busuttil Nishimura has got you covered with this quick and easy bowl!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Food

Julia's Weeknight Pasta Trapanese

Julia Busuttil Nishimura shares a super tasty, super easy pesto pasta, but not as you know it!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

This Week

Interiors

Before + After: A Dated Brick Home Turned Coastal Holiday Home

Dark timber and dated tiles have been replaced with light and bright interiors in this Mornington Peninsula beach house.
Christina Karras

Family

Journalist Nas Campanella On Parenting With Blindness + Building Disability Awareness

How ABC journalist Nas Campanella navigates motherhood as a person living with blindness and Charcot-Marie-Tooth.

Creative People

How Powerhouse Designer, Yuwaalaraay Woman Lucy Simpson Is Making Waves

How the Sydney based designer weaves stories of Country and culture into her collaborations with leading brands, such as JAG and Breville.
Jirra Lulla Harvey

Art

9 Unmissable Exhibitions To See In 2023!

From NGV's Alexander McQueen exhibition, to a showcase of Frida Kahlo's works, here are the must-see exhibitions of the coming year.
Christina Karras
  4 hours ago

Art

10 Emerging, Affordable Artists You Need To Have On Your Watchlist!

From ethereal still lifes to striking ceramic work, and meticulous soft pastel drawings, these are the artists to start collecting now!

Homes

A Cosy Retro Rental In Melbourne’s North West

Dog lovers Michelle Campbell and Katy Louise share their warm and welcoming rented home in Maidstone.

Design Eye

How to Create Fun + Playful Interiors, With Studio Joy’s Kristel Marshall

The Melbourne designer shares how to balance minimalism and maximalism with playful colours and bold furniture – in a way that won't date!...
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Brazilian-Inspired Update Of A 1920s Brisbane Cottage

Bowen by Shaun Lockyer Architects elevates a 1920s cottage with a stunning renovation and addition.

On The Market

A Rare Robin Boyd House Is Available To Rent

You could be the next tenant of this house, designed by Australia's most famous architect.

Creative People

A Noosa Design Studio's Chic New Office, Inside A Former 80s Club

CLO Studios' have transformed an old music club into their dreamy new office space, and it's filled with eclectic design inspiration!
Christina Karras

Homes

An Owner-Designed Renovation Of A 1970s South Yarra Apartment

How designers Lola Digby-Diercks and Sebastian Owen completely transformed their South Yarra apartment in just six months.

Studio Visit

Dani McKenzie’s Detailed Paintings Look Like Familiar Photographs

The Melbourne artist recreates local streetscapes and everyday scenes, filled with intimate reminders of our own inner-worlds.
Christina Karras

Gardens

A Native Garden For An Off-Grid Home, That Embraces The Elements

Native grasses, towering gum trees and panoramic views help draw the award-winning Elemental House into its natural surrounds.
Christina Karras

Sustainable Homes

How An Architect Turned This 1930s Bungalow Into A Sustainable Family Haven

Architect Emily Sandstrom's warm family home runs off solar power, with a vegetable garden and impressive entertaining area hidden inside!
Christina Karras

Shopping

Shop The Chunky, Colourful Furniture You’ve Seen All Over The Internet

Meet the tradie brothers behind FEARON, who have been making quirky, must-have furniture that blends fun with functionality!
Christina Karras

Similar Stories

Food

Julia's Easy Bucatini With Lemon Mascarpone

Easy, cheesy bucatini! The deceptively decadent weeknight pasta dish that's ready in 30 mins!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Food

Julia's Brown Rice And Salmon Bowl

Stuck for weeknight dinner ideas ? Julia Busuttil Nishimura has you covered !
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Food

Julia's Weeknight Pasta Trapanese

Julia Busuttil Nishimura shares a super tasty, super easy pesto pasta, but not as you know it!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

The Design Files acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers, and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files. Please email bea@thedesignfiles.net