Provençal chicken with camargue red rice stuffing

Provençal chicken with camargue red rice stuffing

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Grains
Serves
6
Prep
15 mins
Cooking time
150 mins
Photographer
Deidre Rooney

The sweet–savoury flavours of the stuffing might make you think this is a Spanish or a Middle Eastern dish but it is actually from Provence. You don’t need to serve it with any more starch, but spinach or roast cherry tomatoes are good on the side.

From the grocer

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
30g butter
80ml olive oil
50g pine nuts, toasted
50g raisins
250g camargue red rice
600ml chicken stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
sea salt flakes

From the greengrocer

Quantity Ingredient
2 onions, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 lemon, grated zest
2 thyme sprigs, leaves picked

From the butcher

Quantity Ingredient
1 x 2kg roasting chicken

Method

  1. Heat the butter and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a saucepan and cook the onions over a medium heat until soft and pale gold.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more, then stir in the pine nuts, raisins, lemon zest, thyme leaves and rice. Mix the rice through the buttery juices to coat well and add the stock.
  3. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for about 45 minutes.
  4. Keep checking the rice during cooking – it should absorb all the stock and end up moist but not dry. Add some boiling water if necessary. Check the seasoning – rice always needs lots – and leave to cool.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Season the chicken inside, then spoon the rice stuffing right down into the cavity. Set the chicken in a roasting tin and pour over the remaining olive oil, rubbing it all over the skin.
  6. Sprinkle with the cayenne pepper, black pepper and sea salt flakes. Roast for 1 hour 40 minutes. The chicken should be golden and the stuffing should have softened even more.
Tags:
grains
ancient
wholefood
simple
easy
weeknight
midweek
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