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Sunday Lunch: A summery alternative to a roast dinner

Rachel Brady

09 July 2017

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3 minutes

During the summer we all seem to be busier than ever at weekends, with family days out, clubs and activities dominating. In the heat I don't exactly feel like making a roast, but Sundays to us are still sacred and it's nice to have a special meal to make it feel like a proper Sunday! This type of summery alternative to a roast dinner is something we make quite a bit. It's really adaptable: feel free to change up the spices and the vegetables! Even without spices, it'll still be delicious and is so easy and much quicker than a full on traditional roast dinner.

Ready to cook this summer-ready roast dinner? Let's get stuck in!

Shake up your Sunday lunch, with this alternative that's great for summer

What you'll need:

  • 1 small roast chicken – the smaller it is the faster it roasts!
  • 1 pouch (or 2 if there are more than 4 of you) of microwave brown rice
  • Olive oil for roasting, extra virgin for drizzling

Vegetables (adaptable, but we used these!):

  • Broccoli, 1 head of
  • Asparagus, bunch of
  • Carrots, about 4

This roast dinner is a great alternative for summer, filled with tasty vegetables

Spices (optional):

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger

Yoghurt sauce:

  • Greek or natural yoghurt
  • ½ crushed clove garlic
  • Pinch of salt
  • Slug extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon spice mix (above)

This roast chicken recipe is great for summer


  • Preheat oven to 225. Untruss (remove string and let the wings and legs free) bird and pop in roasting tin.
  • Mix spices. Drizzle oil over the bird and sprinkle half the spices on too. Roast on high for 20 mins then turn down to 180C. Roast for a further 40-60 mins, checking that it isn't burning. To see if it's done, tip it and see if juices run clear from the cavity. Also wiggle the legs – are they coming free easily? If yes, it's done. Let it rest for 30 mins.
  • When the chicken is almost done, chop veg (chop broccoli stalks into small chunks, florets in half, carrots into slim diagonal pieces, leaving asparagus whole) and toss in oil and ½ remaining spice mix.
  • Roast veg for about 25 mins, and when done, add rice (no need to microwave first). Toss well and pop back in the oven for 5 mins.
  • Make the yoghurt sauce by mixing grated garlic into yoghurt, adding the last of spice mix, and seasoning, with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil too.
  • Carve the rested chicken, and serve alongside the garlic yoghurt sauce and veggie rice.

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Rachel Brady

09 July 2017

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Rachel Brady lives a mostly peaceful but very muddy life in the Peak District with her husband, 2 young kids, 2 cats and 1 naughty chocolate lab. Rachel is one of our much loved Trusted Explorers, which means all content has been written exclusively for in exchange for a contribution to their family piggy bank. All posts are first hand, honest and based on real experiences.

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