I was watching Masterchef Australia and a lady called Maggie Beer was showing the contestants how to make this recipe. It looked so juicy that I had to give it a try. Plus I had a request for a roast dinner this weekend and it seemed like a sign. As roast chicken goes this is probably the best I’ve tasted, real moist. Maggie used verjuice, which she mentioned was grape juice. I couldn’t find verjuice so I just used white grape juice instead.
I was a bit dubious about the garlic, I kind of thought that it might be a bit overpowering but they are lovely. Much milder than expected, give it a go.
Hope you enjoy it.
1 x 2 kg Barossa Chook or an equal well brought up chook
3 sprigs rosemary, chopped
50ml extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup chicken stock
1 Preheat a fan forced oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Blanch the unpeeled garlic in boiling water for four minutes, then drain and set aside.
2 Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the cavity of the chicken, then add the rosemary.
3 Mix olive oil with a good pinch of sea salt and pepper and massage into the skin of the bird. Cover the breast (only) with foil and sit the chook on a trivet in a shallow baking dish about 5cm deep.
4 Transfer to the middle shelf of the oven and cook for 40 minutes.
5 Remove foil from breast and use to cover the legs. Pour verjuice over the chicken, place the blanched garlic to the baking dish and add the water to the base of the dish to avoid burning.
6 Cook for a further 20 to 30 minutes. Remove the chook and place breast side down on the trivet to rest for 40 minutes, covered loosely with foil.
7 To make the jus, pour all the pan juices from the baking dish into a small saucepan and add 1 cup of warm chicken stock, pour into a narrow serving jug, then refrigerate this while the chicken is resting. Just before serving, scoop away the fat that has risen to the top, warm the remaining jus. Carve the chook, then pour over the jus and serve.
Note: I served it with some roasted potatoes and parsnips. Boil the potatoes first and then add them and the parsnips to the roasting tray which the chicken is cooking. Baste them every now and again. They turn out fantastic.