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Roast Chicken with Crispy Brussels Sprouts and Focaccia

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You can't go wrong with a classic roast chicken, especially when it's served with crispy brussels sprouts and focaccia.

  • Serves6
  • Cook time50 minutes
  • Prep time50 minutes, + 15 mins resting time


  • 2 celery sticks, cut into 5cm lengths
  • 1 red onion, cut into large pieces
  • 6 garlic cloves, unpeeled, crushed
  • 2½ tbs olive oil, divided
  • 1.6kg Coles RSPCA Approved Australian Whole Chicken
  • 4 x 3cm-thick slices Coles Bakery Stone Baked by Laurent Focaccia*
  • Vegetable oil, to deep-fry
  • 500g brussels sprouts, halved lengthways
  • 1 lemon
  • 30g-piece parmesan

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  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 230°C (210°C fan-forced). In the centre of a heavy rimmed baking tray, toss celery, onions and garlic with 1 tbs oil to coat. Coat chicken all over with 2 tsp olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and arrange over vegetables on the tray.
  2. Step 2

    Roast the chicken for 50 mins or until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh registers 73°C, adding the bread, brushed with 1 tbs olive oil, to the tray for the last 8 mins of cooking.
  3. Step 3

    Transfer the chicken and focaccia to a serving platter. Set the chicken aside for 15 mins to rest.
  4. Step 4

    Meanwhile, in a large saucepan over medium heat, add enough vegetable oil to come 5cm up the side of the pan. Heat to 175°C. Carefully add one-quarter of the brussels sprouts to pan. Quickly cover with a lid to contain any oil splatter. Uncover after 5 secs and cook for 2½ mins or until crisp and golden brown. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the brussels sprouts to a baking tray lined with paper towel. Season with salt. Repeat, in 3 more batches, with the remaining brussels sprouts, reheating the oil to 175°C between each batch.
  5. Step 5

    Grate lemon rind and parmesan over the brussels sprouts. Cut the lemon into wedges and squeeze over the brussels sprouts. Serve immediately with the chicken and focaccia.