Amazing Souvlaki inspired roast chicken with garlicky roast baby potatoes will have you transported to gorgeous Greece in no time!
Souvlaki is a popular fast food dish in Greece and is deliciously marinated meat pieces that are grilled on a skewer served with pitta and chips. However, with this dish, I have adapted this concept by taking the delicious flavours of the marinated meat for a whole chicken and used baby potatoes instead.
The winning flavour combination of garlic and herbs, combined with the zesty lemon, work really well together in this whole roast chicken dish. These common flavour combinations take us straight back to the sunshine and wonderful holidays we enjoyed there!
I love one pan cooking as not only is it a great way to cook your meat and veg, but it also means that both the meat and vegetables soak up all the delicious juices. However, this does mean that the fat content of the potatoes will be slightly higher.
The chicken really benefits from the marinating process as it helps in tenderising the chicken. The more tender the chicken the juicier it will be. However, if you forget it still tastes wonderful even with just a few minutes of marinating before cooking. (And yes I have forgotten before!)
What you will need for the Souvlaki inspired roast chicken:
- Whole chicken
- This should preferably be free-range. I know they are more expensive but in this case, I do think you get what you pay for.
- They taste better, are more nutrient-rich and contain less saturated fat
- Baby potatoes
- A great source of fibre and even more so because there is no need to peel them
- The all-round seasoning winner, adds a great kick to the dish and is full of vitamin c
And for the marinade:
- Olive oil
- White wine vinegar
- Dried oregano, thyme and rosemary
- Garlic granules
See the recipe below for all the steps on how to make Souvlaki Inspired Whole Roast Chicken
As the potatoes have been cooked with the chicken, they will absorb all the delicious flavours along with the fat. This can have a delayed impact on blood sugars as the carbohydrate is converted more slowly into sugar. Therefore you may want to consider a different bolus strategy for this meal.
An alternative to lower the fat content of the potatoes is to place them and the garlic in a separate pan and roast them with a little olive or rapeseed oil.
For a vegetarian option check out my Souvlaki Inspired Halloumi recipe!