“Ip’s mab plue. Gib me garbic.” (It’s Man Flu. Give me garlic.)

“Bllllpppppp.” (The sound of me blowing my nose). Not the best way for you to start reading this post. Not the most pleasant way for me to be writing it. The Wife and the Mother both need feeding this evening and I am completely under the weather. It could even be the dreaded Man Flu. Bllllpppppp. Uggghhhh.” I need to get plenty of garlic, lemon and rosemary into me to beat off the devastation that this Man Flu is wreaking on my system.

Garlic Chicken

What better way than with Extreme Garlic, Lemon and Rosemary Roast Chicken? I fancied some sage and rosemary roast potatoes to go with this. The sage is meant to be good for curing this awful illness too. That’s lots of garlic, sage, rosemary and lemon fighting my condition. Bllllpppppp. Uggghhhh. Bllllpppppp.”

I used:

  • A free range chicken
  • 2 or 3 bulbs of garlic (from the Trek to Lautrec)
  • Olive oil
  • 3 or 4 sprigs of rosemary
  • A lemon
  • Salt and black pepper

Here’s what to do:

Chop and mash two bulbs of garlic. If you have regular shop garlic, use 3 bulbs.

Pink Garlic from Lautrec

When I said I used a lot of garlic, I wasn’t joking. It tasted wonderful.

Pink Garlic from Lautrec

Gratuitous garlic shot. This stuff is so good, I just had to show another angle.


I don’t want to overstate the case for this beautiful garlic. So, I won’t.

Chop the rosemary pretty fine too.

Chopped rosemary

Chop the rosemary nice and small. This helps the flavour in the rosemary oils escape into the food.

Wash and zest the lemon. Mix the zest and the juice of half the lemon together with some black pepper and olive oil.

Lemon zesting

I am a production team of one. A lot of messing with the timer and zested fingers were the price of this simple shot.

Lift the skin from the chicken breast and legs. This is not the most pleasing task but it’s worth doing it. Rub the mixture inside the skin, the cavity and the outside of the bird.

Garlic Chicken

No, not just that amount of garlic. There is the same under the skin and the same again inside the cavity.

Put it on to roast for as long as it takes to cook a chicken. I refuse to tell you because the Man Flu has me very grumpy. Bllllpppppp. Bllllpppppp.” Dice the potatoes and add a mixture of olive oil with rosemary, chopped sage, salt and pepper.

Rosemary and sage potatoes

This was the best way to get the sage into the dish. Sage and rosemary potatoes. Delicious.

With half an hour to go on the chicken cooking time, put these in the oven on the top shelf. Blow your nose until it is sore. If you are a man, feel very sorry for yourself. If you are a woman, work on, that’s what you do. When the chicken is cooked, take it out and let it rest for 10 minutes. If you are in my house ‘resting’ involves defending the bird from the Wife and Mother. Both avid ‘pickers’. Few things in life annoy me more than a pre-serving picker. “Sorry Mum. Sorry Wife.”

Garlic Chicken

An hour and 20 minutes in the oven and the house smelled beautifully of sweet garlic.

Carve the chicken. Serve it with the potatoes. I also served some snow peas, despite their lack of any curative properties.

Gratuitous chicken photo. Look at the beautiful juicy white meat. That’s breast to those of you mature enough not to giggle.

This was delicious and even better the next day cold in a sandwich.

Garlic Chicken

My nose was streaming. My eyes were watering. I was hungry. So, forgive the hurried plated shot. The gravy was simply the pan juices strained and separated. Whatever you do, don’t throw this out. It was amazing.

Footnote: Now for the bit that you will not believe. My Man Flu was gone the next morning. Completely restored and clear. Even if the garlic, lemon, rosemary and sage didn’t actually cure me. It was really delicious.

I encourage you to try this simple, flavoursome dish. “Mmmmm.” (Sound of Man breathing deeply and clearly).

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  • Looks delicious. Good luck with that Man Flu. Here in Texas, we call it The Crud.

    • I love it! The Crud it will be from now on.

  • How wonderful that your delicious looking chicken and roasted potatoes cured the Man Flu! If my husband or I start to feel puny, I’ll grab the garlic and a chicken.

    • Grab it anyway Karen. It is so heady and delicious.

  • I’m definitely not a gal who’s afraid of garlic. I think a roast chicken would be up there with my last supper, flu or no flu 😉

    Looks fantastic!

    • I am with you on that. If the garlic is good, life is good.

  • There’s no such thing as gratuitous garlic – I can’t get enough 😉
    That’s great looking chicken!

  • Looks and sounds wonderful! This is bookmarked for sure.

    • Thanks Richard. Perhaps a bit over the top on the garlic but we ate it all and enjoyed every bit of it.

  • I shared this recipe with my dad, who said it looked incredible and then told me a story of a colleague of his (John) who, following a trip to France, stuffed the cavity of a chicken (in my dad’s words) “completely, utterly and entirely” with cloves of garlic, slow roasted said chicken and ate it on a Friday. John popped into the office briefly the following day to sort out some paperwork and when my dad went into work on the Monday, he could smell John’s garlic chicken.

    • The power of the garlic chicken – It can influence people who have not even eaten it! Lovely story.

  • I hope you made stock from the carcass. That would make some awesome soup as a follow up!

    • Standard operating procedure around here. Real chicken soup for the soul.

  • You had Man Flu and you still managed to cook that delicious looking chicken? I’m gonna have to share this post with my husband.

    • Maybe it was not a full on dose. Man Flu is something a woman can not experience.

  • That garlic is a wonderful colour. I can almost smell it, and the rosemary. Oooooh! Personally I always swear by brambles for curing flu and colds. Picked achingly from the hedgerow preferably, with hands scratched and fingers stained purple to prove it, but otherwise shop bought, and therefore called blackberries.

    • Don’t think blackberry roasted chicken would do the trick somehow. I’ll stick to the garlic. Less painful too.

  • Restorative Roast Chicken – you could package that and sell it.

    • Funny that. Something that we agree one could easily sell but we can not buy….

  • That looks delicious- yum yum! Nothing like a bit of garlic for the man flu, I find orange helps a lot as well. I’m really jealous of your kitchen ware too! My kitchen ware is like the Oxfam version of your glorious pestle & mortar!

  • Nice combination of flavors! Glad your flu is gone.

    • As they say, “Too much to do to have the flu.”

  • Great photos, but as I’m also a production team of one, I’m especially impressed with the shot of you zesting the lemon. I’m not sure I’d have the patience to set that up 20 or 30 times! A very entertaining post – I especially enjoyed the instructions to “Put it on to roast for as long as it takes to cook a chicken.”

    Glad you’re feeling better 🙂

    • The Man Flu had the better of me. My eldest (daughter) is claiming Man Flu at present and is blaming everything she does wrong on it.

  • As I seem to get ever cold that breezes by I’m putting this on my list! The cold stands no chance.

  • Hope that you are feeling better Conor! Looks lovely and is a definite must try!

  • EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!

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