Roast chicken with harissa & preserved lemon

Roast chicken with harissa & preserved lemon

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Serves
4-6
Photographer
Lauren Bamford

We sell a huge amount of roast chickens, which we cook on a rotisserie that we had imported from France for the Smith Street store. It’s the most ridiculously overpriced piece of equipment we’ve ever bought, and it will probably never make its money back – but we don’t care, because we love it and it makes the most beautiful roast meats and vegetables. The harissa and preserved lemon in this recipe gives a simple family classic a fantastic Middle Eastern spin.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1.5kg whole free-range chicken
3 tablespoons see method for ingredients
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 see method for ingredients
3 thyme sprigs
2-4 garlic bulbs
2-3 lemons, cut in half
Roasted potatoes with rosemary & garlic, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Coat the chicken all over with the harissa, rubbing the paste under the skin. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, inside and out. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Cut one or more of the garlic bulbs in half cross ways and place in the chicken cavity along with the preserved lemon and a sprig of thyme. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine and tuck the wings under. Leave the chicken on the bench for 20 minutes to come to room temperature.
  3. Preheat the oven to 260°C or the highest temperature it will go.
  4. Place the chicken on a rack set in a roasting pan and top with the remaining thyme. Place the remaining garlic and the lemon halves in the roasting pan. Cook for 10 minutes to brown the outside of the chicken. Reduce the temperature to 160°C and cook for 45 minutes or until juices run clear when a knife is inserted into the thickest part of the thigh.
  5. To serve, place chicken on a board or platter and garnish with lemon, garlic and thyme. If you like (and we highly recommend that you do) accompany with Roasted potatoes with rosemary & garlic.
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