Roast chicken

Roast chicken

By
From
Nathan Outlaw's Home Kitchen
Serves
4
Photographer
David Loftus

For a flavourful roast, it’s definitely worth buying a good-quality free-range chicken and, of course, it’s more ethical too. A good butcher will be able to tell you where the chicken came from. Look for a plump bird with dry skin and no sign of damaged skin or bruised flesh. Opt for a bigger chicken, as it will be more mature and have developed more flavour; it will also have some visible fat. Don’t worry about leftovers, there’s so much you can do with them: salads, sandwiches, stir-fries, stews, pies, soups, broths, stocks; the list is endless.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 organic or free-range chicken, about 1.5-1.75kg
olive oil, for roasting
or unsalted butter, for roasting
* stuffing [rid:37777], (optional)
Gravy, to serve

Method

  1. Leave the chicken out of the fridge for 45 minutes before roasting to bring it to room temperature.
  2. Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  3. Rub the chicken all over with olive oil or butter and season with salt and pepper. If you want to stuff your chicken, now is the time to do it: put the stuffing into the neck end and seal the skin flap with small skewers.
  4. Place the chicken in a roasting tray on the middle shelf of your oven and roast for 1¼ hours, basting with the cooking juices every 15 minutes. When you think the chicken is ready, insert a carving fork into the bird through the tail end and lift it. If the juices run clear, the chicken is cooked. If they are at all pink, return the chicken to the oven for a little longer and check again.
  5. Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the roasting tray and place on a warm plate or rack in a warm place to rest for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, make your gravy, including the juices from the tray and any from the resting bird. Carve the chicken and serve with veg of your choice.
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