26
Nov
2012
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Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

A roast chicken dinner is one of life’s simple pleasures. The smell that travels through the house, the assortment of obligatory side dishes, and its ability to feed the whole family, are all reasons why the humble chicken is a favourite for so many.

Everyone has their own trade-secrets when it comes to making the most of this bird. Here’s one of mine. Roasted with chilli, garlic and rosemary, this chicken tastes heavenly served with a potato and fennel bake, and kale sauteed with chilli flakes and olive oil. Here’s how to do it:

Rosemary, chilli and garlic chicken

  • 1 chicken (around 1.8kg)
  • 50g soft butter
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1/2 tbsp rosemary
  • 1 garlic bulb
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Deseed and chop the chilli. Crush one garlic clove, and combine in a bowl with the butter, chilli and rosemary.
  2. Rub the butter mixture under the chicken skin, covering as much of the chicken as you can. Use the remaining mixture to coat the chicken skin – this will help the chicken to develop a lovely golden colour.
  3. Insert the remainder of the garlic bulb inside the chicken cavity.
  4. Roast for 1 hour and 20 minutes. During this time, remove the chicken from the oven twice and baste with the cooking juices.
  5. When the bird is ready, cover and leave to rest for around 15 minutes before carving.

This is my favourite way to roast a chicken. What about you, what are your trade-secrets?

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  • http://edinburgheats.co.uk Katey

    This sounds so good! I haven’t had a roast for ages, the weather is definitely making me crave big dinners again. Especially a potato and fennel bake, sounds so good!
    I don’t have a secret recipe, just the usual butter under the skin with a lemon delicately placed inside (ahem!). I have always wanted to try 40 cloves of garlic roast chicken though!

  • http://edinburgheats.co.uk Katey

    This sounds so good! I haven’t had a roast for ages, the weather is definitely making me crave big dinners again. Especially a potato and fennel bake, sounds so good!
    I don’t have a secret recipe, just the usual butter under the skin with a lemon delicately placed inside (ahem!). I have always wanted to try 40 cloves of garlic roast chicken though!

  • chiara

    I think I’m going to have to try 40 cloves of garlic roast chicken next, sounds amazing!

  • chiara

    I think I’m going to have to try 40 cloves of garlic roast chicken next, sounds amazing!

  • http://www.thehautecookie.com thehautecookie

    sorry wrong (previous 2 posts!) that turkey looks sooo good!!! yumm! hope you had a lovely thanksgiving!!!! xO!
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  • http://www.thehautecookie.com thehautecookie

    sorry wrong (previous 2 posts!) that turkey looks sooo good!!! yumm! hope you had a lovely thanksgiving!!!! xO!
    http://www.thehautecookie.com

  • http://www.conversationpieces.co.uk/ Zoë {Conversation Pieces}

    The veggie in me really shouldn’t like this post but the title makes me smile so… dinner is a winner! :)

  • http://www.conversationpieces.co.uk/ Zoë {Conversation Pieces}

    The veggie in me really shouldn’t like this post but the title makes me smile so… dinner is a winner! :)

  • http://www.themirroronthewall.com/ EMA

    Wow that looks delicious. I am definitely going to give it a try because it sounds simple enough for me not to make a mess heheh

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  • http://www.themirroronthewall.com/ EMA

    Wow that looks delicious. I am definitely going to give it a try because it sounds simple enough for me not to make a mess heheh

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  • chiara

    I hope you enjoy it Ema!

  • chiara

    I hope you enjoy it Ema!

  • http://www.domestikated.wordpress.com domestikate

    I love a roast chicken! Can’t beat that smell, and I never feel at home in a new kitchen until I’ve roasted a chicken in the oven. I usually just go plain, maybe sticking a lemon inside, but this does sound delicious!

  • http://www.domestikated.wordpress.com domestikate

    I love a roast chicken! Can’t beat that smell, and I never feel at home in a new kitchen until I’ve roasted a chicken in the oven. I usually just go plain, maybe sticking a lemon inside, but this does sound delicious!

  • chiara

    It’s really good Kate, I love the garlic, chilli and rosemary combo!x

  • chiara

    It’s really good Kate, I love the garlic, chilli and rosemary combo!x