- 1 large chicken (about 2kg/4lb 8oz)
While it's the traditional Christmas bird, turkey is good to eat all year round, though…
- 2 lemons, halved
Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…
- ½ a small bunch thyme
This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…
- olive oil, for drizzling
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 1 ciabatta loaf, torn into pieces
- 90g pack prosciutto
Prosciutto is a sweet, delicate ham intended to be eaten raw. The word 'prosciutto' is…
- 1 garlic bulb, halved horizontally
Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…
For the salad
- 200g pack green bean
- 1 bunch spring onions, sliced
Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…
- small bunch parsley, roughly chopped
One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…
- 4 Baby Gem lettuces, separated into leaves
For the dressing
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Season the chicken inside and out, then stuff the cavity with 1 of the lemons and the thyme. Sit in a roomy roasting tin, drizzle with olive oil and roast for 40 mins.
Remove the tin from the oven, then scatter the ciabatta pieces around the chicken and ruffle over the prosciutto. Add the garlic and remaining lemon halves to the tin. Roast everything together for 40 mins more until the croutons and prosciutto are crisp. Remove from the oven, transfer the chicken to a plate and leave to cool. Remove the croutons and prosciutto, and set aside.
While the chicken is cooling, cook the green beans in a pan of boiling water for 5 mins. Drain, cool under cold water, then tip into a big bowl with the spring onions and parsley.
To make the dressing, squash the roasted lemon and garlic in the roasting tin with a potato masher. Remove all the skin from the garlic, then stir in the olive oil and lemon juice with some seasoning – scrape the bottom of the tin to get all the sticky chicken juices into your dressing. Stir in any resting juices from the chicken and set aside.
When the chicken is cool enough to handle, strip the meat off the bones. Just before serving, add the dressing, chicken, croutons, prosciutto and lettuce to the green bean mix in the bowl, toss together and scatter over a large serving platter.