Full Roast Chicken

What is the best thing about eating Low Carb High Fat diet? You get to eat the skin on your roast chicken! And why wouldn’t you? It’s the best bit!

Ingredients: 

  • Whole chicken, check weight and look up cooking time online
  • Butter
  • Lemon
  • Fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • Green beans
  • 3 leeks
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 3 rashers bacon
  • Spring cabbage, shredded
  • Double cream
  • 200ml Chicken stock
  • Splash of wine (optional)

Method:

  1. Rub skin with soften butter and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Weigh chicken and check cooking time and temperature online and pre-heat oven.
  3. Zest a lemon and set aside to sprinkle on the green beans.
  4. Pierce the lemon thoroughly and place it inside the cavity of the chicken, with thyme and put the chicken in oven. Baste the chicken often.
  5. The chicken is cooked when you pierce the breast and between breast and leg and the juices run clear, with no hint of pink.
  6. At this point begin to think about the side dishes (see below ) – you’ll need around 15 mins to get these done.
  7. When the chicken is cooked, remove from oven.
  8. Lift the chicken from the pan and leave it to rest on a plate covered with foil and a clean tea towel.
  9. Place the roasting tray with all the juices over a low heat on the hob.
  10. Add a splash of wine to deglaze the pan, ie incorporate all the tasty caramelized bits of chicken into the gravy, and stir with a wooden spatula. If you don’t have wine in the house just use a splash of stock.
  11. Mix in the rest of the chicken stock.
  12. Season with a splash of Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and sprinkle of oregano.

15 minutes before the chicken is due to be ready make your vegetable dishes as follows.

Creamy Leeks Thoroughly wash then slice 3 large leeks into narrow rings and gently fry in a knob of butter until soft. Add two tablespoons of cream, simmer for a further minute or so, stir in a good grating of Parmesan cheese.

Butter fried Bacon and Cabbage Fry 3 rashers of smoked bacon in butter with black pepper and add shredded spring cabbage and stir-fry in butter.

Green beans Blanch green beans and drizzle with oil, balsamic vinegar, a grating of Parmesan cheese and lemon zest.

Tips: Eat what you need for dinner and save the rest for Caesar Salad and Coronation Chicken made with full fat mayonnaise and full fat Greek Yogurt.

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