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The best roast chicken

"You just can't beat roast chicken on a Sunday, and this version tastes extra-special thanks to my secret ingredient: Cook With M&S magic sprinkle. It can bring instant flavour to all sorts of dishes – try adding a little to your gravy, too." - chef Chris Baber

  • Timer Prep 10 min
    Cook 60 min
  • Chef hat Easy


Soften the unsalted butter.


  1. 1 Preheat the oven to 210˚C/190˚C fan/gas mark 6.
  2. 2 Pick the leaves from three of the thyme sprigs and mix with the butter and half of the Cook With M&S magic sprinkle.
  3. 3 Gently ease the skin away from the flesh of the chicken at the neck, and carefully rub the butter mixture underneath between the skin and flesh, reserving a little butter for the outside. Rub the remaining butter all over the skin.
  4. 4 Stuff half a lemon and the remaining thyme sprig inside the bird, then scatter the remaining Cook With M&S Magic Sprinkle over the skin. Cook for around 50-60 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear.