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Rosemary, Lemon & Garlic Roast Chook

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Rosemary, Lemon & Garlic Roast Chook

*Adapted from recipe by “Masterchef” Julie Goodwin

Ingredients:

  • 1.7 – 1.8kg chicken – try to buy organic or free range
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp rosemary leaves, finely chopped
  • ½  cup flat leaf parsley, leaves chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 lemon, zest finely grated and cut in half
  • ½  teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large brown onion, cut in half

 

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.   Rinse the chicken and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. In a mini-mixer or bowl, combine the olive oil, fresh herbs, lemon zest, garlic, salt and pepper.  Using your fingers, starting at the neck end, separate the skin from the breast of the chicken, including the tops of the thigh/drumsticks.
  3. Push the herb mixture under the skin and spread it evenly over the breast and tops of the thighs.  Use your buttery hands to give the outside of the chicken a loving massage.  Place the halved lemon and onion cut-side down in the base of a non-stick baking dish.  Add the rosemary and parsley stalks and sit the chicken on top.  Place in the oven with the breast facing the back of the oven.  About half an hour later, spin it around so that the legs/thighs are facing the back.
  4. An hour is the suggested cooking time – but this depends on your oven, on whether the chicken’s legs are trussed shut, even the size of the baking dish have an impact on cooking time.  To check that the chicken is cooked, pierce the thickest part of the thigh with a skewer and the juices should run clear.  Another way to tell is if the leg joint feels loose in its socket, or when the chicken is picked up with tongs by its cavity, the juices run clear.  The breast should be golden brown with a lovely layer of herbs underneath the skin.
  5. Serve with roasted vegetables and/or a nice green salad (Greek or Tabouli salad would be a great choice to compliment the Mediterranean flavours of this chicken!)