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Monday, 15 August 2011

Foolproof slow roast chicken

I visited our local farm shop yesterday to stock up my freezer, the one thing I wouldn't freeze is a whole chicken and the chickens from Kilnford Barns are delicious.  It's been a busy weekend so I didn't want any kind of complicated recipe and was just going to do a straightforward roast.  However,  I was tidying up my cookbook holder (many printed out copies of recipes, sauce splattered magazines - you know what I mean) and found the little BBC Good Food booklet '80 best-ever recipes'.  On the front cover was a roasted chicken so I read on...basically, put it all in the oven and leave it for 2 hrs 20 mins - ideal for my purpose!

You can get the full recipe on the BBC Good Food website HERE . 
However, of course,  I did make a few wee changes  I didn't have two garlic heads, so used a glug of Roasted Garlic juice (from a bottle).  I also didn't want to open a bottle of white wine so I used a small bottle of Crabbies Alcholic Ginger Beer and, oh boy did that make great gravy - I think a good cider would give a similar result.

The long slow roasting with the mixture of stock and your choice of alcohol made the chicken very moist and delicious.  I was a bit concerned that the potatoes would be soggy, but they were nice and soft inside and crisp on the outside, not quite like the roast potatoes I would normally make, but they had absorbed the lovely flavour of the chicken, herbs and gravy, quite delicious.

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At 15 August 2011 at 21:50 , Blogger All That I'm Eating said...

It's extra good when something so easy is so delicious. My great grandmother used to do a very similar thing and apparently it was amazing. Interesting use of ginger beer...

At 15 August 2011 at 23:19 , Blogger Phil in the Kitchen said...

I love roast chicken, of course, and this sounds really good. The alcoholic ginger beer is a great idea - I've got to try that.

At 16 August 2011 at 06:19 , Blogger Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

Ooh.. Ginger beer gravy... now that sounds good! You should try my 10 hour slow roast chicken. Best thing I've ever eaten!

At 16 August 2011 at 10:11 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

I have that little book and it has some real gems in it.......of which one is that DELICIOUS looking chicken, I imagine that it was super moist cooked that way too!
It looks great!

At 16 August 2011 at 23:23 , Blogger Kazza said...

Love the Ginger beer gravy idea - I bet that tastes wonderful. X

At 17 August 2011 at 06:33 , Blogger Chele said...

I have this recipe stored away to use the next time the outlaws come for Sunday lunch. Glad to hear it has had such a positive result. Looks lovely and those spuds .... heaven!

At 17 August 2011 at 13:55 , Blogger tori said...

Chicken with ginger beer. I'm bookmarking that in my head. I love the sound of it.

At 17 August 2011 at 21:41 , Anonymous MaryMoh said...

Mmmmm....looks very delicious. I would love this for a lazy weekend, maybe with more root vegetables added so that I don't need to cook another dish of vegetables.

At 18 August 2011 at 21:47 , Anonymous Catherine said...

Ooh that's my kind of meal! I tried a Crabbies Ginger Beer for the first time in a wee lodge in Oban a few months ago. Delicious! I may have to get a few bottles now... for cooking of course! Really like the idea of using it with chicken. Good call, Janice!

At 22 August 2011 at 13:47 , Blogger MeLikeyUK said...

Wow! Using Crabbies Ginger Beer - I love the innovation!
Roast Chicken is such a comforting dish - isn't it?
Absolutely delicious!


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