31.7.11

SO SIMPLE ROAST CHICKEN

1 large, free range chicken
Bag of potatoes
Bag of carrots
2 onions
1 garlic head
Butter
Half a lemon
Greens
Green beans
Small glass of white wine
Large glass of chicken stock

Turn the oven up to the highest it  can go. Take the chicken out of the fridge.

Roughly chop a couple of potatoes, the bag of carrots, and the of onions. Place in the bottom of a roasting tin with a glug of olive oil and all of the garlic cloves. Smother some butter over the chicken, put half a lemon in the chicken's cavity and place on top of the veggies. Loosely cover the chicken with foil. Reduce the oven to 210C and put the chicken in.

Boil a bag of potatoes. Remove the potatoes from the water 5 minutes after it's started boiling, drain and scatter on a pre-heated roasting tray of oil. Put in the oven.


After 40 minutes baste the chicken with it's oils and juices and take the tin foil off.

After 1hr 15mins, get the chicken out of the oven. Drain it's juices into the roasting pan, move onto a wooden board and cover with tin foil and a dishcloth. Leave the chicken to rest for 10-15 minutes. During this time move the potatoes up to the top rack in the oven, give them a shake, and turn it up as far as it goes.

Steam some greens, chard and/or beans for 4 mins.

Remove the carrots, onions and garlic cloves from the roasting tray for serving later. Add a splash of white wine and a generous amount of chicken stock to the gravy and bubble down. Drain the fat off the top before serving.

When the chicken has rested, carve and serve with the roast potatoes, carrots and onions, and greens.

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