- thumb-sized piece ginger, thinly sliced
Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…
- 1 large chicken (about 1.8-2kg), untied
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- 2 bunches spring onions
Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…
- 1 head garlic, halved across the middle
Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…
- 1 lemon, halved, plus 4 wedges
Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…
- 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
- 1 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil, to drizzle
Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…
- 1-2 tsp golden caster sugar
- 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
- fragrant rice and steamed greens or stir-fried vegetables, to serve
Put most of the sliced ginger into a large roasting tin, then sit the chicken on top. Stuff the chicken with remaining ginger, the green ends from one bunch of onions, half of the garlic and a lemon half. Mix the five-spice, 2 tsp oil and seasoning, then rub all over the chicken. Nestle the other half of the garlic nearby, and drizzle all with 1 tsp oil. Loosely re-tie the legs. Set aside at room temperature for half an hour or so.
Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Roast the chicken for 1 hr. Toss the lemon wedges and the spring onion ends into the pan juices, then roast for 30 mins more or until the meat is cooked at the thickest part of the thigh and the lemon wedges are sticky. Lift the chicken from the pan and set aside, uncovered, to rest.
Spoon away any excess fat from the pan, then put the pan onto a medium heat and bring to a simmer. Add 1 tsp sugar, the soy, hoisin, juice from the remaining half lemon and any resting juices. Simmer for a few mins until it thickens slightly, then check the seasoning and add more sugar if needed – don’t add any extra salt as the soy and hoisin will add plenty. Serve with the chicken, rice and vegetables.