Roast chicken is an all-time favourite with many families—the tantalising smell, crisp golden skin and snowy-white flesh all add up to a traditional Sunday lunch. Use free-range for a wonderful rich flavour.
Preheat the oven to moderately hot 200°C (400°F/Gas 6). Truss the chicken for roasting by following the method in the Chef’s techniques. Coat the bottom of a roasting tin with a tablespoon of oil. Season the chicken and ru