It’s now December, and that festive time of the year is upon us. It’s a time for family, friends and festivities but if you’re suffering from Candida you might be worrying about Christmas day itself. The actual Christmas dinner which will be enjoyed by many is usually loaded with a great deal of foods that can make your Candida worse.

Here at Candida Diet Foods, we’ve come up with the perfect recipe for you to enjoy on the bid day – without having to worry about your health afterwards. A slight twist on the classic, but close enough that you could enjoy it or even serve to the whole family.

Here’s how to make a proper Chicken Roast with gravy this Christmas;

• Serves 4

• Prep time 20 minutes

• Cook time 1 hour, 20 minutes

• Total time 1 hour, 40 minutes


1 medium chicken

1-2 medium red onions

1 small red bell pepper

2 medium carrots

Ground arrow root (for thickening the gravy)

Olive Oil

2 Garlic Cloves

Salt & freshly ground black pepper & turmeric & cayenne pepper

1-2 stick celery



1. For the first step, start by preheating your oven to 240 degrees c/ 475 f/ gas 9.

2. Then, wash the vegetables and chop them into big chunky pieces – also peel the garlic and put it on an oiled roasting tray together with the vegetables.

3. Following this, drizzle the vegetables and the garlic with olive oil.

4. Still using the oil, drizzle this over the chicken and ensure that you season this to taste – rubbing salt, pepper and even turmeric and cayenne if you would like to into the skin. You can also add tasty herbs here if you wish. We like adding rosemary at this stage.

5. Sit the chicken on top of the vegetables on the roasting tray and put this into the oven, turning the heat down to 200c/400f/gas 6 and leave this to cook for 40 minutes.

6. After 40 minutes, check on the vegetables and add water to the tray where required. Baste the chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper and let it cook for another 40 – 50 minutes.

7. When cooked, take the chicken out and let it rest on the side, wrapped in tin foil, whilst you make the gravy.

8. Now, to make the gravy, heat 1 litre of water in a tray and when it’s boiling add two yeast free chicken stock cubes (or homemade stock) and whisk this up.

9. Put the tray over a high heat on the hob, add some ground arrow root and stir to thicken the gravy up a bit.

10. Use a fork to mash the vegetables into a pulp and blend through a sieve to achieve smooth consistency.

11. Finally, serve this dish with steamed broccoli or other greens of your choice. From phase 3 of the candida diet onwards you can also have potatoes with this meal.

All together, this really simple and tasty Christmas recipe is perfectly Candida-friendly, and suitable for phases two and three of the diet.