Masterclass in roast chicken

This classic is always a winner, and carving is easier than it looks. Jim Viggars, Asda’s Head of Meat Quality, shows you how…

Put your feet up, Mum! It’s time for Dad and the kids to treat you to my delicious and easy lemon-and-thyme flavoured roast chicken this Mothering Sunday. Asda Extra Special Marabel Potatoes, Tenderstem Broccoli and Chicken Gravy are the perfect accompaniments. And to make things even easier, here’s my simple steps on how to carve a chicken without any wastage.

Lemon and thyme roast chicken
Ready in: 2hr 45
Per Serving: £3.52

You will need:
2 small unwaxed lemons
2kg chicken
Few sprigs thyme
1tbsp olive oil
Asda Extra Special Marabel Potatoes, Tenderstem Broccoli and Chicken Gravy, to serve

Cooking Step 1

Preheat the oven to 200C/ 180C Fan/Gas 6. Prick the lemons with a fork and put inside the chicken cavity with a few sprigs of thyme.

Cooking Step 2

Brush the skin with the oil and put in a roasting tin. Cover with foil. Roast for 1 hour 45 minutes, removing the foil for the last 25 minutes.

Cooking Step 3

Put the chicken on a hot platter, then, if you wish, sprinkle with salt. Cover with foil and rest for 20 minutes. Carve, then serve with roast potatoes, veg and gravy.

Carving Step 1

Once the chicken has rested for 20 minutes, transfer to a wooden board. Using a sharp carving knife and fork, carefully cut off the wings at the joint and put on a warm platter.

Carving Step 2

Cut off both the legs at the top of the thigh. Make sure that you use the carving fork to hold the chicken in place and that your knife is very sharp. The sharper the knife the safer it is as you don’t need to apply as much pressure when cutting the meat.

Carving Step 3

Steady the chicken with a carving fork. Carefully slice off the chicken breasts, keeping the knife close to the breast bone. Cut off any remaining meat and discard the carcass.

Carving Step 4

Slice the chicken breasts on a board, leaving the skin on so that everyone gets a portion of lean meat and skin. If you’re cutting calories, remove the skin before serving.

Posted by Charlie on 21 February 2012
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