Jamie Oliver discusses his dream dinner party guests
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British chef Jamie Oliver regularly shares cooking tips and tricks with his fans, including how to make a delicious Sunday roast dinner. There are many components to the classic meal, but central to it is the meat. This can be anything, but many Britons opt for chicken.
Calling the recipe the “perfect roast chicken”, Jamie shared the best and easiest way to cook a chicken on his website.
The chef wrote: “A super-reliable roast chicken recipe to give you juicy meat and crispy skin, every time.”
The recipe serves four people and cooks in only an hour and 25 minutes.
Jamie described the dish as “super easy” to make and, what’s more, it is free of dairy and gluten.
One 1.6 kg higher-welfare chicken
Two medium onions
Two sticks of celery
One bulb of garlic
One bunch of mixed fresh herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, bay
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Firstly, remove the chicken from the fridge 30 minutes before you want to cook it in order to let it come up to room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 240°C/475°F/gas number nine.
Wash and roughly chop the vegetables, but don’t peel them.
Break the garlic bulb into cloves, leaving them unpeeled too.
Pile all the veg, garlic and herbs into the middle of a large roasting tray and drizzle them with oil.
Next, drizzle the chicken with oil and season well with sea salt and black pepper, before placing the chicken on top of the vegetables.
Carefully prick the lemon all over, using the tip of a sharp knife (if you have a microwave, you could pop the lemon in these for 40 seconds at this point as this will really bring out the flavour).
Put the lemon inside the chicken’s cavity, with the bunch of herbs.
Place the tray in the oven, then turn the heat down immediately to 200°C/400°F/gas number six and cook for an hour and 20 minutes.
If you’re doing roast potatoes and vegetables, this is the time to crack on with them – get them into the oven for the last 45 minutes of cooking.
Baste the chicken halfway through cooking and if the veg look dry, add a splash of water to the tray to stop them from burning.
When the chicken is cooked, take the tray out of the oven and transfer the chicken to a board to rest for around 15 minutes.
Cover it with a layer of tin foil and a tea towel and leave it on the side while you make your gravy.
To carve your chicken, remove any string and take off the wings (break them up and add to your gravy, along with the veg trivet, for mega flavour).
Carefully cut down between the leg and the breast, before cutting through the joint and pulling the leg off.
Repeat on the other side, then cut each leg between the thigh and the drumstick so you end up with four portions of dark meat. Place these on a serving platter.
You should now have a clear space to carve the rest of your chicken.
Angle the knife along the breastbone and carve one side off, then the other.
When you get down to the fussy bits, just use your fingers to pull all the meat off, and turn the chicken over to get all the tasty, juicy bits from underneath.
You should be left with a stripped carcass, and a platter full of juicy meat that you can serve with your hot gravy and some delicious roast potatoes and vegetables.
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