Quick roast chicken with white wine and shallots

Quick roast chicken with white wine and shallots.
Quick roast chicken with white wine and shallots. Photo: Marina Oliphant

Feel like a roast chicken but short on time? This recipe is a great solution; the wine added halfway through cooking creates a delicious sauce.


1.5kg chicken, cut into 8 pieces

150g bacon, diced or cut into lardons

10 French shallots, peeled

a few thyme sprigs

1 rosemary sprig

1 tsp dried chilli flakes

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

250ml white wine

crusty bread, to serve

green salad, to serve


Preheat oven to 220 degrees fan-forced (240 degrees conventional).

Arrange chicken pieces in a large roasting tin and scatter with bacon, shallots, thyme, rosemary and chilli flakes.

Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and roast for 20 minutes.

Add wine to tin and roast for another 20-25 minutes or until chicken is golden brown and cooked. Serve with crusty bread and a green salad.