Monday, March 4, 2013

Lemon and Saffron Chicken

I don't cook Roast Chicken very often.  Why?  I really don't know.  I guess using the same stuffing and roasting is just boring.  Plus I have always associated Roast Chicken as being a "fatty" roast.  But when I saw this recipe I knew that we had to put in on the menu for dinner.  The kids thoroughly enjoyed it and to be honest they are still talking about it. 
A very easy roast chicken to prepare and cook.  The flavours were noticable but not overpowering and it was easy on the eye also.  The sauce, unlike a normal thick fatty gravy was zesty and complemented the chicken perfectly.
A little high ProPoint wise but served with steamed ProPoint free vegetables it was definitely a perfect Sunday roast.

Lemon and Saffron Chicken
(recipe adapted from WW 1 Recipe 3 Ways Cookbook)
Serves: 4
ProPoints per Serve: 13
cooking spray
1.4kg whole chicken
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
2 teaspooons finely grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
2 teaspoons olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
500 grams chat (baby) potatoes
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup frozen peas 
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
1 cup verjuice
3 teaspoons cornflour

Preaheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 160 degrees Celsius fan forced.

Lightly spray a large flameproof baking dish with cooking spray. 

Using kitchen scissors, cut along each side of the chicken's backbone.  Remove and discard backbone.  Place chicken, breast-side up, in prepared dish.  Using the heel of your hand, press firmly on breastbone to flatten chicken.  Trim and discard excess fat around neck and legs.

Combine saffron, rind, sea alt and oil in a small bowl.  Set aside for 5 minutes.  Rub saffron mixture all over chicken.  Season with freshly ground black pepper.  Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until skin is crisp and chicken is cooked through.  (The chicken is ooked if juices run clear when thigh is pierced with a skewer.) Transfer to a plate.  Cover chicken with foil and set aside to rest for 10 minutes before cutting into portions.

Meanwhile, boil, steam or microwave potatoes until tender.  Cook carrots and peas seperately, drain.

Whisk 1/4 cup verjuice and cornflour in a jug.  Drain and discard fat from baking dish.  Place dish over medium heat and add cornflour mixture and remaining verjuce.  Cook stirring for 2 - 3 minutes or until sauce has thickened.

Serve chicken with sauce and vegetables.

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