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Easy Roast Chicken With Lemon & Thyme Sauce

There’s nothing quite like the joy of a proper Roast Chicken Dinner, with your vegetables of choice: Peas? Carrots? Parsnips? Butternut Squash?!

It can seem intimidating if you’ve never done it before, but once you have the knack it is sure to become a family favourite.



Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1hr 40 minutes 

Ingredients

  • 1 x 1.4kg whole chicken
  • 1 lemon, quartered

  • 4 garlic cloves

  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • 40g butter, at room temperature
  • Olive oil

  • Salt and black pepper

  • 30ml white wine
  • 120ml chicken stock, gluten-free if preferred
To serve:
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Roast potatoes

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 190 ̊C/170 ̊C fan/gas mark 5. Pat the chicken dry with kitchen paper. Stuff the lemon quarters, two whole garlic cloves and two sprigs of thyme inside the cavity.
2. Carefully separate the skin from the flesh. Push half of the butter under the skin and pull the skin over it to cover.

3. Rub olive oil over the chicken and season generously with salt and black pepper.
4. Place the dressed chicken into a roasting tin and roast, covered, for 11⁄2 hours.

5. Remove from the oven and transfer the bird to a plate. Cover with tin foil and allow the bird to rest for 15 minutes.
6. To make the sauce, put the roasting tin on the stove over medium-high heat. Add the remaining butter to the drippings in the pan, and once it melts add the remaining thyme. Peel and crush the two remaining garlic cloves and add to the pan, then cook for one minute, stirring frequently.
7. Add the wine and scrape up any sticky bits from the bottom using a wooden spoon. Cook for 1-2 minutes.

8. Add the stock, stir well, and allow the sauce to bubble and reduce for five minutes. Taste and season if necessary.
9. Carve your favourite pieces from the chicken and serve with the warm pan sauce.

 

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