One-pot chicken with dates and caramelised lemon

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
1 to 2 hours

Serves 4–6

By Alison Roman


For the one-pot chicken

  • 1.8kg/4lb whole chicken or 1.25kg/2lb 12oz chicken thighs or legs, bone in and skin on
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon, cut cross ways into thick slices and seeds removed
  • 2 shallots, halved lengthways
  • 4–6 Medjool dates, stones removed
  • 4 thyme or oregano sprigs, plus extra to garnish
  • 2 tsp ground urfa chilli or 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • sea salt flakes, to serve

For the garlic lettuce

  • 2 lemons, 1 finely chopped with seeds removed and 1 zested and juiced
  • 60g/2¼oz raw pistachios, almonds or walnuts, finely chopped and lightly toasted
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • 4 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 4–6 heads of Little Gem or 1 large head of Cos, quartered
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, leaves and stems roughly chopped
  • 1 handful fresh chives, snipped
  • 3 tbsp roughly chopped fresh dill
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