Chicken and Lemon Traybake

I was inspired to try cooking a traybake by Easy Peasy Foodie who shared her Christmas Turkey traybake here. This sounded ideal for our Christmas dinner as I was planning to cook it at my parents’ house but also intending to arrive around midday, so time would be a limiting factor. However I wanted to try cooking a traybake in advance of Christmas, to avoid anything going wrong on the day, so this is the recipe that I came up with.

Chicken & Lemon Traybake

Chicken and Lemon Traybake

Ingredients (serves 4)

8 chicken legs and thighs
1 lemon
3 large potatoes
1 medium onion
8 mushrooms
2 sweet red peppers
8 cherry tomatoes
1 tsp dried rosemary
salt and pepper
2 tbsp olive oil


Preheat fan oven to 180 deg C.
Chop the peppers into quarters lengthways.
Chop the lemon into 8 pieces, removing any pips.
Peel and chop the potatoes into small pieces.
Peel and chop the onion into 8 pieces.
Add the oil to a large roasting tray.
Heat in oven for about 1 minute.
Add all the vegetables except for the tomatoes.
Add the chicken.
Turn everything a few times to baste with the oil.
Sprinkle in the rosemary.
Season with salt and pepper.
Cover with foil.
Cook in preheated oven for about 1 hour, basting at intervals.
Remove the foil.
Add the tomatoes and cook for a further 10 minutes.
Serve with a selection of green vegetables and enjoy.

lemon & chicken traybakeWe all agreed it was a very tasty meal. And I felt happy and ready to then follow up by cooking a Christmas turkey traybake for 10 people. I used 3 roasting trays for such a large number and did as much vegetable prep as possible in advance at home before driving to my parents’ house. I used turkey steaks and a selection of vegetables comprising potatoes, baby carrots, parsnips, sprouts and sweet peppers, but cooked the pigs in blankets separately since the meal needed to be gluten-free for one person. Sorry no photos of my Christmas traybake, as too much else going on.

I’d love to hear your ideas for a traybake?

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25 thoughts on “Chicken and Lemon Traybake

  1. A S,Edinburgh

    That sounds lovely, I’ve never used whole pieces of lemon in with chicken before. I can’t think what else would work well, apart from onion, of course, that’s a classic.



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