Curtis Stone's roast chicken with zesty asparagus

Put a twist on your classic roast with this zesty dish. Drizzled with a lemon and shallot dressing, it’s a flavour sensation.

6

25m

Note: + 15 mins resting time

1h 25m

Ingredients

  • 60g unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, rind finely grated
  • 1 tsp finely chopped thyme
  • 1.6kg Coles RSPCA Approved Australian Whole Chicken
  • 6 baby carrots, peeled, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 3 celery sticks, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 1 large brown onion, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 1 garlic bulb, halved crossways
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 3 bunches asparagus, woody ends trimmed
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 30g shaved parmesan

Lemon & shallot dressing

  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

Method

STEP 1

Preheat oven to 190°C (170°C fan-forced). In a medium bowl, combine the butter, garlic, lemon rind and thyme. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.

STEP 2

Beginning at the neck end of the chicken, use your fingers to carefully make a pocket between the flesh and skin of the chicken breasts and top of the legs. Gently slide butter mixture into the pocket under the skin to evenly coat the breasts and legs.

STEP 3

Combine the carrot, celery and onion in a bowl. Place one-quarter of the carrot mixture and half the garlic bulb in the chicken cavity. Using kitchen string, tie legs of the chicken together and tuck the wings under the body.

STEP 4

Place remaining carrot mixture and garlic bulb in a large roasting pan. Top with chicken. Rub olive oil over chicken and season. Roast for 1¼ hours or until the chicken is cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 75°C. Cover chicken with foil. Set aside for 10-15 mins to rest. Discard vegetables from the pan, reserving the pan juices.

STEP 5

While the chicken is resting, toss the asparagus on a baking tray with extra virgin olive oil to coat. Season. Roast for 10 mins or until the asparagus is tender-crisp.

STEP 6

To make the dressing, whisk shallot, lemon rind and lemon juice in a bowl. While whisking, slowly add the oil.

STEP 7

Arrange the chicken and asparagus on a serving platter. Drizzle the chicken with pan juices. Drizzle asparagus with dressing and sprinkle with parmesan.

Dietary information

Gluten-free
Nut-free
Peanut-free
Egg-free
Sesame-free
Soy-free
No added sugar
Wheat-free
Yeast-free

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