Roast chicken & sticky carrots

Roast chicken & sticky carrots

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins

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Serves 4

A roast makes a stunning centrepiece for a supper party, and requires very little effort

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  • 2 bunches carrots
  • 1.8kg free-range chicken
  • 1 lemon
  • head of garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp clear honey
  • 85g butter, softened
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 sprig bay leaves

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  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C /gas 6. Trim the leaves off the carrots. Scrub the carrots if muddy, but leave them whole. Tip them into a roasting tray that will be a snug fit for the carrots with the chicken on top. Halve the lemon and finely chop two of the garlic cloves. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the carrots, then toss in the chopped garlic, cumin seeds, honey, half the butter, plenty of pepper and a little salt.
  2. Pick the leaves from the parsley and set aside. Push the parsley stalks, the lemon halves, the remaining garlic and the sprig of bay into the cavity of the chicken and season with plenty of pepper and salt if you want to.
  3. Sit the chicken directly on top of the carrots and smear the remaining butter over the breast. Roast the chicken for 30 mins until starting to brown, then remove from the oven. Lift the chicken onto a board and give the carrots a good stir to make sure they’re completely coated in all the juices. Return the chicken to the roasting tray, baste the breast with the juices and continue to roast for a further 40-50 mins until cooked all the way through.
  4. Lift the chicken onto a board and leave to rest for 10 mins. Meanwhile, roughly chop the reserved parsley leaves. A few mins before serving, place the carrots over a low heat until sizzling, then stir the parsley through the carrots. To serve, sit the chicken either back on top or serve the chicken and the carrots separately

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2006

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mumof3girlygirls's picture
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We had this for tea today, my children loved the chicken and carrots, this made a great change from the usual roast chicken and going to use the leftovers to make the roast chicken rissotto tomorrow!

gallopinggoose's picture
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I cooked this recently but my dish was a little too big so some of the carrots caramalised more than I would have liked but hubby has asked me to cook it again as he enjoyed them!!! Other than that this was a lovely way to cook chicken and I will definitely make it again in a smaller dish next time though!

julianaiwg's picture
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Good roast chicken recipe, but what made this stand out for us was the taste of the carrots. Even with regular large carrots cut into small rounds, and a regular chicken, this was great!

scouserboys's picture

sorry I cooked this now the kids want it every day.

kiliman's picture

Simply divine.

annie0176's picture
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Easy and delicious - my children absolutely devoured the carrots.