Roast Chicken

Preparation time

20 Minutes

Cooking time

60 Minutes

Serves

6

Traditional, simple and so delicious, this Christmas Chicken Roast is the ideal addition to your festive party table.

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This Christmas Chicken Roast is full of flavour. Chinese Five Spice is giving it extra oomph to surprise your guests.

Cooking Tips

1. You can substitute the water with beer or chicken stock.

2. You can swap the vegetables with other types of your favourites.

Ingredients

1
Whole Chicken
, cleaned
1
Onion
1
Whole Garlic Head
2
cups
Water or Beer
1/2
Lemon or Orange
1
bundle of
Rosemary
, medium sized
2
slices of
Butter
, about half a cm thick
1/2
cup
Brown Sugar
, (for the rub)
1
teaspoon
Salt and Pepper
, (for the rub)
1
teaspoon
Chinese 5 Spices
, (for the rub)
1
teaspoon
Mixed Dried Herbs
, (for the rub)
1
teaspoon
Nutmeg
, (for the rub)
2
Carrots
, cut into chunks (for the roast vegetables)
4
Potatoes
, washed skin on, quartered (for the roast vegetables)
Big splash of
Olive Oil
, (for the roast vegetables)
1/2
Pumpkin
, cut into chunks (for the roast vegetable)
2-3
tablespoons
Herb De Provence (optional)
, (for the roast vegetables)
Salt and Pepper
, to taste (for the roast vegetables)

Directions

Preheat oven to 200°c.
Stuff the chicken with the half lemon (or orange), the onion (cut in quarters), herbs and as many garlic cloves as you can.
Separate the skin from the breasts and insert one slice of butter and one twig of Rosemary against the flesh on each side.
Mix the ingredients for your rub and massage them into the chicken.
Pour the water in a roasting pan. Place whatever remains of the garlic in the water. This will steam the chicken as it cooks and make the meat moist and succulent!
Toss all the cut vegetables together with the salt and pepper, olive oil and herbs.
Place the vegetables on the grill above a roasting pan. Put the chicken on top of the vegetables. It shouldn’t touch the water.
Cover aluminium foil tightly over the chicken and vegetables. Roast for 20 minutes.
Remove the foil and roast the chicken for 15 minutes each on both sides.
The chicken is cooked when the juice oozing from the bird is clear.
The skin should be nicely browned and crispy by that time.

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