Roast Chicken with Thyme & Onion Stuffing

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Roast Chicken with Thyme & Onion Stuffing

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Nothing beats a roast chicken. Follow our foolproof recipe for perfect chicken, every time.

Courtesy of www.bordbia.ie

Ingredients

  • 100g bread, broken into pieces
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 small onion, cut into quarters
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 medium chicken, approx. 1.5kg
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 300ml chicken stock

Instructions

  1. To make the stuffing, place the bread, parsley, thyme and onion in a food processor. Process until you have fine bread-crumbs and the onion is finely chopped. Season and add in the butter. Give it another quick whiz then pack the stuffing into the body cavity of the chicken, and fold over any loose skin to close. Secure with a cocktail stick.
  2. Set the oven at 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.
  3. Place the chicken and vegetables in a roasting tin. Drizzle with the olive oil and season well with the salt and pepper. Place in the centre of the preheated oven.
  4. After the first ten minutes turn the heat down to 180ºC/350ºF/gas mark 4. Roast the chicken for approx. 1 hour 20 mins (allow 20 minutes per 500g plus 20 minutes over). Halfway through cooking, spoon the juices over the chicken and add a couple of tablespoons of water to the roasting tin to stop the vegetables from burning. To check if the chicken is cooked pierce the thickest part of the leg, if the juices run clear, it is done.
  5. Remove the chicken from the oven, transfer to a carving board and cover loosely with foil. Allow to rest for 10 minutes in a warm place while you make the gravy.
  6. Strain all but 1 tbsp of fat from the tin, then sprinkle in the flour. Cook for a couple of minutes and then add in 300ml of chicken stock and bring to the boil, stirring and scraping to loosen the caramelised meat juices. Simmer for 2-3 minutes and season to taste. Strain into a gravy boat, discard the vegetables and serve with the chicken.
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