Easy Chicken Fennel Lemon Traybake

Chicken Fennel Lemon Tray Bake
Chicken Fennel Lemon Tray Bake

This Easy Chicken Fennel Lemon Traybake is perfect for a midweek family dinner. Chicken thighs with skin on and bone in, potatoes that drink up the wonderful flavours of chicken stock, lemon, garlic, fennel and sweet roasted shallots (scallions).

Ingredients to make Chicken Fennel Lemon Tray Bake

Adding stock ensures everything is beautifully tender and moist, with a little jus left in the bottom to serve. Traybakes are the perfect solution for a quick and easy dinner, plus one pan equals less washing up!

Traybakes have become the star of weeknight dinners. They tick all the boxes for quick, low maintenance midweek meals that can be prepared with the absolute minimum amount of effort, taste great, and ideally be eaten as leftovers the following day.

Four Easy Steps

It takes just 5 minutes of hands on prep! After that place the seasoned and lightly oiled potatoes in the oven for a 15 minutes head start. Pour yourself a glass of wine and have a sip, or two.

Then throw in the garlic bulb and fennel pieces for another 10 minutes and have another sip of wine. Now add the chicken pieces, stock and fennel seeds and cook away for 30 minutes. Take another sip, or two of wine.

Turn on the grill (broiler) toss the shallots (scallions) through and brown the chicken skin for 5 -8 minutes till golden. Serve on the tray and let everyone help themselves. Too easy!

It really couldn’t be any easier and low maintenance to make! This is the perfect recipe to try if you are new to cooking, it’s basically impossible to mess up! An added bonus is the ease of washing up – one tray! Tick!


thick cut slices of fennel on a timber chopping board with a knife ready to prepare to make Chicken Fennel Lemon Tray Bake
Slice the fennel 15 ml or 1/2 in

Fennel can be a bit divisive but we love it fresh, or baked for it’s sweet, faintly aniseed flavour. When baked it turns into a lovely caramelised, and mildly aniseed flavoured perfect accompaniment for the chicken, and potatoes.

Fennel bulbs should be whitish-green, firm and heavy for their size, with no brown or mushy spots. If the feathery green fronds are still attached, they should be sprightly with no signs of wilting, or dryness.

black airing rack with chicken fennel lemon tray bake resting on it

Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs with skin on and bone in are perfect for traybakes. The meat is always moist and tender and the skin turns golden brown and crisp. They’re generally a very economical and family friendly protein and super easy to manage.

Roasting garlic

Roasting garlic brings a real sweetness to the cloves in the same way that an onion goes from acrid to sweet when roasted. It’s delicious smeared onto the chicken meat. If you’ve never tried roasted garlic before then you’re in for a real treat.

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We would love to hear from you in the comments below when you make this Quick and Easy Chicken Fennel Lemon Traybake.

Chicken Fennel Lemon Tray Bake
Yield: 4-6 serves

Chicken Fennel Lemon Traybake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Chicken traybake is super easy to throw together and hands free once its in the oven. Got to love that!


  • 8 chicken thighs, skin on and bone in
  • 1 fennel bulb, fronds trimmed and cut into thick 15ml (1/2 in) slices
  • 3 small lemons, sliced into thick slices
  • 1  tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 bunch shallots (scallions), trimmed
  • 1 whole knob of garlic, top sliced off to expose the cloves
  • 4 large potatoes, halved lengthways and cut into thick wedges
  • salt and fresh milled black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  • preheat oven to 220c (425f)
  • toss potatoes, fennel, chicken, shallots and garlic in a drizzle of oil and season with salt and pepper. (we don't want a pool of oil in the baking dish)
  • place oiled potatoes in a large baking dish and bake for 15 minutes
  • add garlic and fennel slices and cook for a further 10 minutes
  • add chicken, fennel seeds, stock and top with sliced lemon then cook for 25-30 minutes
  • turn grill (broiler) on and add shallots, tossing them through
  • grill for 5-8 minutes, or until chicken skin is golden
  • serve and enjoy!


  • cooking times are a guide only - as the size of the chicken and the vegetables cuts will vary the cook.
  • cook chicken until juices run clear when flesh is cut near the bone.


Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 509Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 167mgSodium 365mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 5gSugar 4gProtein 36g

Nutritional information provided here is only intended as a guide.

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  1. Thank you for another winning recipe. Tried as experiment for upcoming dinner with friends. Substituted chicken legs & omitted potatoes for my experiment. Meal was delicious & chicken tasty & tender. This will be main course at the dinner. Meal served us twice with one leg for husband’s lunch.

    1. Recipe Winners says:

      Hi Cimmie, nice to hear from you again and so happy to hear you enjoyed the Chicken fennel lemon traybake. Would love to hear how your dinner party goes. Thanks for sharing, Jo and Jen

  2. Not meaning to seem stupid but I went to make this today and I can’t see when the lemons go in. Have I missed something? I’ve read the whole article and recipe countless times. Help please!?

    1. Recipe Winners says:

      Hi Lou, the lemon slices go on top of the chicken pieces. See photo number 3. Regards, Jo and Jen

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