Following on from my obsession with Roast dinners, namely Roast chicken - here's my fail-safe one pot super moist mid-week chicken roast with serious gravy. When no one's looking I like to drink it. No shame.
Serves: 2-3 People
Time: 80 Minutes
* indicates optional ingredients
splash of fat, beef tallow ideally, if not a good rapeseed oil would work
1 bulb of garlic
1 whole organic chicken (I like one around 1.4KG)
2 romano peppers
3 white onions
1 tbsp rice flour
4 sprigs of thyme
generous pinch of salt (A good sea or pink salt ideally)
generous pinch of ground black pepper
*1/2 tbsp cornflour (gf) or quinoa flour (paleo, gf)
*50ml filtered water
Preheat the oven to 200 fan/220 electric/gas mark 6
Cut or untie any elastic/string around the chicken's legs so the cook is more even (remember to wash your hands after handling raw chicken).
Pat dry the skin of the chicken with a paper towel so it crisps up better.In a deep ovenproof dish (amazing if you have one with a lid if not use foil)
Peel and quarter the onions, slice the bulb of garlic in half and place face down, slice the peppers and courgettes into batons approx 5cm x 1cm
Place the chicken on top of the vegetables season generously.
Place the thyme around the pan and pull off a few leaves to sprinkle across the top of the chicken.Distribute the fat over the top of the chicken so the legs and breast are covered and put the rest around the pan.
Place in the oven, uncovered for 25 mins enabling the vegetables and chicken skin brown up
After 25 mins pull the pan out of the oven, add the pouch of chicken broth (still frozen is ok) put the lid on or foil over the top of the pan
Reduce the heat to 180 fan/200 electric/gas mark 5 and place the pan back in the oven for another 30 mins
Take the pan out of the oven one last time, make a slurry of rice flour and 3 tbsp water and pour into the bottom of the pan. Stir the juices so that the slurry is mixed up at the base of the pan
Put the lid back on the pan and place in the oven a final 20 mins.
Once done take the chicken out of the pan and rest it for around 20 mins if possible
Once rested cut and serve and you should have the most moist chicken with a delicious serving of vegetables in gravy on the side. And only one pot to wash up! Winner winner chicken dinner!