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Kylie Kwong’s Radical Roast Chicken Recipe

January 26th, 2006 by alice  Tags: , , , , | Print This Post Print This Post


  1. 1 1/2kgfree-range chickens
  2. 1/2bunchtarragon
  3. 4sprigsrosemary, roughly chopped
  4. 100gunsalted butter, sliced
  5. 1wholegarlic head
  6. 10bay leaves
  7. 1tablespoonsea salt
  8. 2mediumcarrots, peeled and cut into wedges
  9. 2smallsweet potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
  10. 6mediumkipfler potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
  11. 5small goldenshallots, unpeeled but cut in half
  12. 1/3cupextra virgin olive oil
  13. 1pinch crackedwhite pepper
  14. sourdough bread, to serve


  1. Preheat oven to 220°C (450°F).
  2. Rinse chicken under cold water.
  3. Trim away excess fat from inside and outside cavity, but keep neck, parson’s nose and winglets intact.
  4. Tuck wing tips under chicken.
  5. Place chicken in roasting tin, breast-side up.
  6. Place tarragon and half the rosemary inside the chicken cavity.
  7. Using your hands, carefully separate the skin from the meat over the breast and thighs of the chicken.
  8. Place the butter between the skin and the meat, spreading it evenly under the skin.
  9. Lightly crush unpeeled garlic cloves and scatter over chicken with bay leaves, salt and remaining rosemary.
  10. Place carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes and shallots around chicken, then drizzle with oil and sprinkle with pepper.
  11. Cover roasting dish with foil and roast for 35 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and lower the temperature to 180°C (350°F).
  13. Take off foil and bake for a further 20 minutes, or until chicken is just cooked through and vegetables are tender.
  14. To test chicken, insert a skewer into the thigh and press against the meat- it is cooked when the juices run clear.
  15. The skin should be crisp and lightly browned.
  16. Remove chicken from oven, cover with foil and leave to rest in a warm place for 10 minutes.
  17. Remove chicken from tin and serve with the roast vegetables and some crusty sourdough bread.

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  1. holly Says:

    absolutely fantastic

    chicken was so tender, with such a nice crispy skin

    v.v. good

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