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Spatchcock roast chicken with herb & lemon cream

Mar
10

If there is one dinner guaranteed to get everyone running to the table, it’s a roast chicken. The smell of it cooking is the smell of home. But…. it usually takes a good hour and half to roast a chicken and midweek there’s not many who can dedicate that amount of time to making the dinner. That’s where spatchcocking comes in. If you’re new to spatchcocking, you’re going to love it.

Spatchcocking a chicken is where you open it up with scissors so that it cooks flat on a baking tray. Cooking a chicken this way means  you can have a roast chicken on the table in half the time – 45 minutes to be precise, and there’s no gravy to make in this recipe. Instead you whip up a quick and fresh lemon & herb cream using mayonnaise and creme fraiche. See separate post for how to make your own mayonnaise.

I serve this with halved new potatoes boiled in their skins for 10 minutes until soft to a knifepoint and finished with a big knob of butter and grated parmesan cheese. Put some pan fried veggies on the side.

What you need:

1 chicken

oil

salt & pepper

150ml mayonnaise (see separate post)

150ml creme fraiche

zest of a lemon

a handful of basil and rocket leaves, finely chopped

What to do

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

Put the chicken on a baking tray

Flip her over

Use a sturdy pair of kitchen scissors to cut along the back bone. It’ll cut quite easily if you apply a bit of pressure so don’t be afraid

Open it out

And turn her back over, skin side up, season with salt and pepper and drizzle over some oil

Roast for 45 minutes until crispy and golden.

Meanwhile make the lemon & herb cream. Put the mayonnaise in a bowl

Add the creme fraiche

Gather your herbs.I’m using basil and rocket leaves because that’s what I have available but any herbs would do. Tarragon and chicken are a match made in heaven.

Chop the herbs and add them to the mayo and creme fraiche

Mix together

Zest a lemon

And add that to the bowl. Then set aside until the chicken is ready

Take everything to the table and let people help themselves. I love casual dinners like this.

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Love Livs

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