My perfect roast chicken 🐓 Sunday Roasts are among my favourite meals to cook.For me the MOST important part is the gravy that ties it all together. There is a fine line between crispy skin and moist meat, so with this recipe it’s the bacon that goes crispy and the meat is tender and juicy ... I’m happy with that combination.
Leek tops if you are using leeks for your side dish
Any spare carrot ends
Garlic bulb halved
Good chicken stock
Pre-heat the oven to 190°C
Take off the wings if you like by cutting them with a sharp knife through the joint, this isn’t necessary - but I do it for neatness and add them to the gravy tray underneath same with the ends of the legs.
Trim off any loose skin and stuff the chicken with half a lemon a few sprigs of thyme and half an onion.
In a large roasting tray add the chopped leek ends , Onions, garlic, thyme sprigs, carrots , lemons and any spare veggie bits as per the picture.
Gently push the butter under the skin of the breast and press so it’s evenly distributed and this will make the meat succulent as it cooks. Grind pepper over them skin but salt will come from the bacon.
You can tie the legs up again if you want to help with an even cook, but don’t worry if not.
Lattice the bacon strips by laying half the strips vertical and then weaving the others in and out, I like this bit it’s quite fun.
Then lovingly drape this over your chicken and tuck it round so you get the breast and the legs.
Placed the chicken in the oven on the centre shelf and cook for 20 minutes per 450 g +10 to 20 minutes extra, this will be one hour and 1:45 hours for a 2.5 kg bird or two hours 10 minutes for a 2.6 kg bird.
Based the chicken 2 to 3 times during the cooking by spooning over the juice and fat from the bottom of the tray. The vegetables beneath the chicken should roast gently but not burn.
About half an hour before the chicken is cooked take the crisps bacon slices off the chicken and keep them warm if they’re not fully crisp you can place them around the chicken to finish off.
For the final 15 minutes of cooking increase the temperature to 220°C which should hopefully make the skin golden.
The chicken is cooked if the juices run clear when the thickest part of the leg is pierced with a skewer.
THE RESTING - the key to juicy meat !
It’s very important to let the chicken rest in a warm place near the oven perhaps, loosely over with foil so the steam can escape but it stays warm - I suggest 20-30 minutes while you do the gravy
So now all the veg in the tray and the chicken wings should be lovely and soft take a potato masher and squash all the vegetables and this is what we call the gubbins!
Over a gentle heat on the hob add good glug of white wine if you wish to the vegetables let this reduce for a couple of minutes. . Mix a few spoons of cornflour with water and add this to the tray, mix well and add in around 500ml of chicken stock, let it bubble away and the flavour will intensify.
Pass it all through a sieve into a sauce pan and you will have a beautiful gravy base.
Adjust the flavour with seasoning, maybe dollop of apple sauce for sweetness, gravy browning if the colour is too pale. You can thicken with more corn flour mix or dilute with stock.
Carve the chicken and break up the crispy bacon so everyone gets a bit of each, serve with your favourite side dishes.
SIDE DISH INSPIRATION
Roast potatoes, stuffing balls, buttered leeks, orange infused carrots, Yorkshire pudding (just because every roast should have one) !
Malaysian Satay Chicken with Asian Slaw, Rice and Satay dipping sauce Ingredients 2 chicken breasts, cubed3 tbsp peanut butter3 tsp of Malaysian Satay spice blend (spice mountain)165 ml tin of coconut milk1 tsp oyster sauceRice For the slaw8 Brussel sprouts1 red onion1 carrot, I used half orange and half yellowJuice of 1/2 lemon1 tbs Mayo1.5 tsp oyster sauce1 tsp of sugarTo make the Satay sauce, in a bowl add the peanut butter, coconut milk, oyster sauce and satay spice blend, mix together until you get a smooth sauce.Set half a side as the dipping sauce.With the remaining sauce in the bowl, add the chicken and marinade for at least 2 hours.Meanwhile shred the brussel sprouts, finely slice the onion, and grate the carrot.Mix together with the Mayo, oyster sauce, lemon juice and sugar, set aside.Inspiration for this slaw was from MC professionals last nights tv watch.Boil the rice until cooked, drain and set aside.Skewer the chicken and pan fry until sealed, baste with the marinade and bake in the oven at 200’c for 8 to 10 minutes.Bring all together on plate, I dressed the plate with chive oil which was remaining from Christmas Day.The spice blend is made up from;Cumin, brown sugar, turmeric, coriander, coconut powder, black pepper, galangal, kaffir lime, lemongrass, star anise and chilli .....It would be expensive to get all these spices and flavours to make your own, I cannot recommend Spice Mountain blend enough, it creates a banging blend of flavours ❤️.Spice Mountain can be found in Borough Market but they do online orders .. well worth a look. ... See MoreSee Less