Prep Time 10min. Total Time 1hr. 40min. Servings 6 servings
A roast chicken like this is the stuff family memories are made of. Get out the garlic, lemon and fresh tarragon, and let's get started.
- 1 broiler-fryer chicken (3-1/2 lb.)
- 1 headgarlic, horizontally cut in half
- 2 sprigsfresh tarragon
- 1/2of alemon
- 1/4 cuphoney
- 1/4 cupKRAFT Honey Mustard Dressing
- 1.8kg chicken
- 1 preserved or fresh lemon (see tip, below)
- 1 bunch basil
- 1 fresh bay leaf (or 3 dried)
- 2 garlic bulbs, sliced across the middle
- 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling, if you like
- ½ loaf ciabatta, sliced
- Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Stuff the chicken with the preserved lemon, basil, bay leaves and 1 of the garlic bulbs. Place in a roasting tin, season inside and out, then rub olive oil all over the skin. Roast in the oven for 1 hr, basting regularly.
- After 30 mins, nestle the other garlic bulb in the tin, then cook with the chicken for the final 30 mins. Test if the chicken is cooked by pushing a skewer into the thigh – if the juices run clear, it’s done. Leave to rest somewhere warm for at least 15 mins, catching any resting juices.
- To make the toasts, grill or toast the sliced ciabatta. Take the softened garlic bulb that cooked alongside the chicken and squeeze the flesh onto the toasts, then roughly spread over with a knife. Remove the preserved lemon from the chicken cavity, roughly chop and scatter over the toasts. Drizzle with more olive oil, if you like, and serve alongside the chicken to mop up all the juices.
- 2kg floury potatoes such as King Edward or Maris Piper, peeled
- 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp coarse sea salt
- 1 extra large fresh chicken, around 2.7kg/6lb
- 6 sprigs rosemary, plus extra for garnish
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 400ml fresh chicken stock (buy two 300ml tubs and use the rest for the lettuce)
- Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Cut the potatoes into 2 mouthful-sized chunks and put in a large pan of salted water. Bring to the boil, cook for 5 mins, then drain. Meanwhile, place the olive oil in a really large, sturdy roasting tin and heat for 5 mins. Tip the potatoes in and cook for 20 mins.
- Meanwhile, peel the zest from the lemon (a vegetable peeler is great for this) and slice it finely. Mix it with the sea salt. Place the chicken on a board with the legs pointing towards you, and undo any string tied around. Lift up the skin around the cavity and work your fingers under the skin over the breast and legs, easing it away from the flesh. Push the salty shreds of lemon rind under the skin, spreading it as evenly as possible, followed by four sprigs of rosemary, one on each leg and one on each breast. Then put one sprig inside the bird along with the peeled lemon.
- Take the tin out of the oven, give the potatoes a good shake, and then arrange them so you can fit a rack over the roasting tin. Then place the chicken upside down on the rack and roast for 20 mins. Turn the chicken over and turn potatoes, coating them in the fat that's run off the bird. Return to the oven and roast for another 20 mins, then turn the potatoes again and cook for another 20-30 mins, until the chicken juices run clear.
- Remove the roasting tin from the oven and put the chicken on a serving platter, covering it with foil to keep it warm. Leave to rest for 20 mins. Meanwhile, scoop the potatoes into an ovenproof dish and return to the oven to finish crisping up. Pour away the fat from the roasting tin, then put the tin on the hob over a low to medium heat. Add half the stock, then bring to simmering point, stirring and scraping up the brown residue. Boil, reducing until darker and syrupy. Add the rest of the stock, and bring to simmering point again, bubbling to reduce it. Taste and adjust seasoning. Pour through a sieve into a warmed gravy jug.
- Pile the potatoes around the chicken, and garnish with remaining rosemary sprigs. Serve with gravy and braised lettuce.
- Freezing: Freeze the chicken at the end of step 2, for up to a month. Defrost thoroughly before continuing with the recipe.
- 3 onions, each cut into 6 wedges
- 6 carrots, cut into large chunks
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1.6kg whole free-range chicken
- 3 tbsp soft butter
- 1 small pointed or Savoy cabbage, around 200g, finely shredded
- 4 spring onions, sliced
- 500g leftover mashed potatoes
- 1 heaped tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp clear honey
- Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Boil the onions and carrots for 4 mins. Drain, then toss with the oil in a roasting tin. Sit the chicken in the middle, smear with 1 tbsp butter and season everything well. Roast for 1½ hrs, giving the veg a stir once or twice during cooking.
- Meanwhile, cook the cabbage and spring onions in 1 tbsp butter in a pan until tender. Stir into the mash, season, then shape into 4 cakes. Set aside.
- When time is up, check the chicken is cooked through. If it is, mix the mustard and honey, drizzle over the chicken and roast for 5 mins more. Remove and allow to rest.
- Meanwhile, melt the remaining 1 tbsp butter in a non-stick frying pan. Fry the cakes for 4-5 mins or each side until golden and hot.
- If you like, remove one whole breast and one leg from the chicken to be cooled, covered and chilled to use in Winter cobb salad the next day (see 'Goes well with'). Carve the rest of the chicken and serve with the cooking juices, veg and bubble & squeak.