Ah winter is here! I love when the weather cools down, the humidity is replaced by much drier, clearer air and it’s finally time again to enjoy using the oven!
We usually get a nice organic pasture-raised chicken once a week and either roast it or make a broth (or both). The great thing about roasting means you have a lot of meat left over for the following days. It makes a great lunch in salads, sandwiches or paired with some roasted vegetables. And roast chicken tastes even better with our Traditional Sauerkraut or French Beetroot.
If you have been coming to our market stall in Mullumbimby or Bangalow you would have noticed our Alive Mustard! We’ve used the Turmeric Tarragon Mustard in the image on the right for the dressing that accompanies the chicken. Truly amazing!
1 organic and ideally pasture-raised chicken
ghee or olive oil
salt/pepper/dried herbs to taste (I love thyme & rosemary)
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. If you want the roasting to be done quicker you can cut the chicken in half along the breastbone (you can youtube instructions if you’re unsure). Otherwise place chicken in a roasting dish and massage with ghee and/or olive oil (I like to use both). It works well with the ghee when it’s slightly softer like a soft butter and you can really get it all over the chicken skin. Season well to your liking and place in the oven at mid height.
Roast for about 20 minutes and then take it out and prick the skin gently with a knife in a few places. Take a tablespoon and baste the juices at the bottom of the dish and drizzle over chicken. Place it back in the oven and repeat the basting every 20 minutes or so. Once the skin starts to brown and crisp and you insert a skewer into one of the thighs and the juices run clear you’re good to go. This can take between 1-2 hours depending on the size of the chicken.
Serve with plenty of kraut (our Traditional Sauerkraut is perfect here), green salad and some roasted sweet potato. And forget cutlery. Use your hands to pull the chicken apart once cooled slightly and enjoy!