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:
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
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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