3 mins

Roast chicken with white bean mash

A recipe for a tasty and filling protein-rich dish that uses tinned beans of your choice, combined with olive oil, garlic and rosemary, to create an alternative to traditional mash.

27 February 2024
Roast chicken

Nutritional values

Per serving

Energy: 489kcal, protein: 55.8g, fat: 18.9g, saturated fat: 4.4g, carbohydrate: 23.7g, sugar: 1.6g, fibre: 11.6g, salt: 0.3g, GI: low


Serves 4

For the chicken
  • 1 x 1.5 kg (3 lb 5 oz) chicken
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • Leaves from 4 x 5 cm (2 in) sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 4 fresh bay leaves
  • Cloves from 1 small head of garlic, separated but left unpeeled
  • 250 ml (9 fl oz) no-salt chicken stock
  • Freshly ground black pepper
For the white bean mash
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1½ tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 3 x 400 g cans white beans (cannellini, haricot or butterbean) in water, drained and rinsed
  • 7 tbsp hot homemade no-salt chicken stock
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (Gas 5). Rub the oil on the outside of the chicken, then season with pepper. Push the lemon halves, half the rosemary leaves and the bay leaves into the cavity.
  2. Put the rest of the garlic and the rosemary in a roasting tin and rest the chicken on top. Roast the chicken for 1¼ hours, until the meat is cooked thoroughly.
  3. For the garlic and white bean mash, put the oil, garlic and rosemary into a medium-sized pan. Place it over a medium-high heat and leave it to sizzle gently for 1 minute without letting the garlic brown. Add the drained beans and stir for 5 minutes until they are heated through. Tip the mixture into a food processor, add the chicken stock and blend, using the pulse button, into a coarse purée. Season to taste with some lemon juice and plenty of pepper. Return to the pan, cover and keep warm.
  4. Remove the chicken from the oven, place on a carving board, cover with foil and rest for 15 minutes.
  5. For the low-GI gravy, pour the excess fat out of the roasting tin, place it directly over a medium heat and add a splash of the stock. Rub the base of the tin with a wooden spoon to release all the caramelised chicken juices and the garlic gloves into the pan. Add the remaining stock and mash the garlic cloves with the back of a wooden spoon. Simmer for 5 minutes then strain, season with pepper to taste and keep hot.
  6. Uncover the chicken and pour the juices from the cavity and the carving board into the gravy. Carve (remove the skin) and serve with the gravy, white bean mash and some cooked vegetables of your choice.


* The nutritional values for each recipe are estimates only and may vary depending on brand of ingredients used and natural biological variations in the composition of natural foods.

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