Pesto Roast Chicken with Grilled Yellow Pepper Sauce

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Appears in
Josceline Dimbleby’s Complete Cookbook

By Josceline Dimbleby

Published 1997

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An ordinary chicken can be transformed really simply by putting pesto beneath the skin before roasting. With its smoky-sweet yellow pepper sauce, I find this an ever-popular dish for serving to family and friends at Sunday lunch. Accompany with new, sautéed or roast potatoes and a green vegetable.


  • 1 large chicken, weighing 2.5 kg/ lb
  • 2-2½ tablespoons


Gently loosen the chicken skin by gradually easing your fingers between it and the flesh. If you are careful you can loosen the skin over the legs as well as the breast. Spoon the pesto sauce under the skin, then press the skin down on top to spread the sauce evenly over the flesh. Leave at cool room temperature for 1 hour before cooking.

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