Roast Chicken with Wild Garlic Pesto & Shallots

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Roast Chicken with Wild Garlic Pesto & Shallots

We are huge roast chicken fans here and eat it quite a lot. As much as we all love proper full blown roast chook dinner, when it comes to midweek cooking roast chicken thighs and drumsticks will win every time! This Roast Chicken with Wild Garlic Pesto & Shallots came about when I was looking for ways to use my gorgeous Wild Garlic & Walnut Pesto and as I had a bag of shallots from my weekly veg box still untouched I decided to throw these in for their lovely sticky sweetness. The result was incredible!

Roast Chicken with Wild Garlic Pesto & Shallots

There really isn’t much to this dish at all with its quick prep time and very few ingredients yet it is so good! One thing to bare in mind is that the longer you marinade your chicken the tastier it will be. If you can pre-plan this dinner to the point that you pop your chicken in a bowl with some pesto and olive oil first thing in the morning and then get on with your day, the marinade will have a lot of time to really permeate through the meat! On the other hand if hour is all you’ve got for marinating, then by all means go for it!

If you don’t have wild garlic pesto, simply substitute it for whichever type you’ve got to hand whether it’s homemade or store-bought it really doesn’t matter. However if you fancy giving homemade pesto a whirl (even without wild garlic) you will find some how-to tips in my Wild Garlic & Walnut Pesto post.

Roast Chicken with Wild Garlic Pesto & Shallots

Feel free to serve this finger lickin’ good chicken with your choice of sides. I love simple sautéed potatoes and Easy Grated Carrot Salad. Oh and don’t forget some pesto mayonnaise on the side which is a simple mix of whatever pesto you’re using and some good old mayo. It takes seconds to make and it’s perfect for dipping both chicken and tatties in!

Wild garlic is such a fabulous ingredient and in addition to my Wild Garlic & Walnut Pesto I encourage you to try this delicious Wild Garlic Hummus which is one of the tastiest dips I’ve ever tasted (if I can say so myself). 🙂 That’s not my last word as far as wild garlic pesto is concerned and another delicious family dinner will appear on the blog very soon!

On a separate note if you’d like some inspiration for meaty feasts for your family which are easy and delicious, then look no further… You might want to try these Mini Pork Meatloaves with Courgette or perhaps Braised Pork Chops with Leeks & Carrots which are loved by us and I hope will also be loved by you.

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Roast Chicken with Wild Garlic Pesto & Shallots
Roast Chicken with Wild Garlic Pesto & Shallots
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Min Marinating Time
1 hr
Total Time
50 mins

Traybake midweek roast chicken dinner that pretty much looks after itself. Sweet roasted shallots make perfect accompaniment with their soft texture and sweet flavour. Add couple of tasty sides of your choice and dinner is served! Fantastic use for wild garlic pesto!

Course: Chicken Dish, Main Course, Traybake
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Midweek Meal, Pesto, Roast Chicken, Traybake
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jo Allison
  • 1 kg Chicken Pieces (thighs & drumsticks) skin on, bone in
  • 1 125ml jar of wild garlic pesto or any pesto you've got available
  • 250 g shallots peeled & small ones left whole, large ones halved or quartered
  • salt, pepper, olive oil
  1. Put chicken pieces in a large bowl and cover them with pesto. Add a glug of olive oil to the mixture and massage it together with pesto all over the chicken pieces making sure they are well covered. 

  2. Let your chicken marinade for min 1 hr but the longer the better. If you can leave it in the fridge marinating for the whole day that would be perfect.

  3. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Prepare the shallots by peeling them and halving or quartering the larger ones. Try to aim for equal size pieces. 

  4. Put chicken in the large baking tray together with shallots and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, turning the chicken over half way through. Serve with your choice of sides and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes
  • Feel free to substitute Wild Garlic Pesto with any pesto you've got available.
  • Pesto Mayo - simple mixture of pesto & mayonnaise is a perfect little dip served on the side of the chicken. It goes ever so well with roast or sautéed potatoes.

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  • Reply Corina Blum

    This sounds delicious! I know I’ve said it before but I would love to get my hands on some wild garlic to try some of your recent recipes out. But, we are having chicken drumsticks tonight and I do have a jar of emergency pesto at home so I might just make a slightly less exciting version of your recipe for a quick dinner tonight. Thanks so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice! x

    May 10, 2018 at 5:39 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks so much Corina! 🙂 Unfortunately wild garlic is no longer available in my veg box delivery so once I’ve used up all my pesto it will be it 🙁 unless I can get hold of some more somehow. I’m sure regular pesto will work just fine in this dish and as it’s so quick and easy it’s definitely worth giving it a go 🙂 x

      May 10, 2018 at 8:55 am
  • Reply Cat | Curly's Cooking

    This looks incredibly delicious. I love the sound of pesto mayo too which I’d never thought of x

    May 10, 2018 at 2:31 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Aw thanks Cat! 😊 I have only thought of pesto mayo very recently, it was a lightbulb moment 😂 It is delicious and perfect on sarnies too. x

      May 10, 2018 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food

    We are gigantic chicken fans here, and anything that comes in traybake form that involves chicken thighs and drumsticks is a guaranteed hit! This sounds just delicious with those gorgeous shallots and your delicious wild garlic pesto.

    May 10, 2018 at 7:07 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you so much Michelle 🙂 Traybakes can be midweek meals saviours and this one proves it. If only it could get in and out of the oven on its own too lol. 🙂 x

      May 10, 2018 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    Yes please!!! You cannot beat a chicken traybake…and adding pesto into the mix to – YUM!! Eb x
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    May 12, 2018 at 11:06 am
  • Reply Kate - gluten free alchemist

    My daughter would LOVE this! She is such a chicken pesto fan….. actually we all are at GFHQ. I love your tray-bake take on it….. I will absolutely be giving this a try x
    Thanks for sharing with #G2BGF. Great to have you on board x

    May 12, 2018 at 7:37 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Aw, thanks Kate! 🙂 Chicken pesto is total perfection isn’t it and traybake simplifies things which is great especially mid week! 🙂 Pleasure to link up! :): x

      May 14, 2018 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Monika Dabrowski

    This is a great recipe idea, very easy and yummy, and I really like how nice the shallots turned out too!

    May 13, 2018 at 8:46 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Monika! 🙂 The shallots are so beautiful and sweet roasted, perfect match with pesto chicken!

      May 14, 2018 at 9:10 pm
  • Reply Petra

    What a great way to use pesto! I love wild garlic, and roast chicken, delicious 🙂

    May 18, 2018 at 8:54 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you so much Petra! 🙂 Wild garlic is amazing, isn’t it and works so well in pesto! Roast chicken and wild garlic pesto is really delicious! 🙂 I wish I could get my hands on some more wild garlic but not much luck with foraging around where I live and no longer available through my weekly veg box 🙁

      May 18, 2018 at 8:59 pm

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