For the dressing
- 6 anchovy fillets
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 medium egg
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- 150ml vegetable oil
- 15g parmesan, finely grated
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For the chicken and vegetables
- ¼ small pack tarragon, 1 tbsp finely chopped, the rest snipped off the stem to make small sprigs
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- 25g soft butter
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- 4 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
- 1½ kg whole free-range chicken
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- 200g fine-stemmed asparagus spears, ends snapped off if woody
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- 200g green beans, trimmed, halved and blanched for 2 mins
- 170g frozen peas
- ¼ baguette, cut into chunky croutons
To make the dressing, put the anchovies in a small bowl, add the vinegar, mustard, garlic and egg, then blitz with a stick blender until well mixed. Gradually add the oil in a thin stream until it thickens into a creamy dressing. Stir in the Parmesan, season and chill until ready to serve.
For the chicken, heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Beat 1 tbsp chopped tarragon with the butter and anchovies, then rub it under the breast skin of the chicken. Rub any remainder all over the bird and roast for 1 hr until the chicken is golden and nearly cooked. After 1 hr, add the asparagus and beans to the roasting tin around the chicken. Cook for 12 mins, then scatter the peas over and cook for another 3 mins until the chicken is cooked through, the vegetables are tender and the peas are hot.
Meanwhile, put the croutons on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 10 mins until golden and crisp.
Scatter the chicken and vegetables with the croutons and tarragon sprigs, and spoon over a little dressing. Serve the rest of the dressing separately.