Herb roasted chicken with buttered peas, lettuce and bay leaf

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Paul Heathcote's Italian-inspired roast chicken recipe is a fantastic family-pleaser, and would be a wonderful centrepiece for any Sunday roast or family get together. Given its quick preparation time, the roast chicken could also be made for a hearty midweek dinner. This flavourful roast chicken is accompanied by buttered peas in this recipe, but feel free to substitute the peas with your own favourite sides.

First published in 2015




Roasted chicken

Herb mix

Buttered peas with lettuce and bay leaf


  • Roasting tray or cast iron pan


Begin this roast chicken recipe by preheating the oven. Switch the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 4 and place a roasting tray in the oven
Make the herb mix for the chicken. Mix the herbs with the cream cheese, butter and zest, season well with salt and pepper and reserve to one side
To prepare the chicken remove the parson’s nose and trim up any excess fat.
Loosen the skin from the breast by gently working your fingers over the meat and under the skin to make a pocket repeat on the other side. Stuff the herb mix evenly under both breasts
With a sharp knife, score the legs with two or three incisions, this will make the legs crispy and allow them to cook quicker. Tie up the legs of the chicken
Rub olive oil over the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Take the hot roasting tray from the oven and place the chicken on its side with the thigh of the chicken pressed firmly down. Use the carrot to prevent the chicken breast falling onto the tray and balance the chicken
Cook for 25 minutes before turning over and repeating for around 20 minutes
Sit the chicken upright for a further 15 minutes before removing. Check that the bird is cooked by inserting a small knife into the wing knuckle of the bird to test for blood. Allow to rest at room temperature for 10 minutes
Meanwhile, place the vinegar, wine, shallot and bay leaf in a small pan and boil until only a teaspoon of the liquid remains, then add the mustard
Add the lettuce and cream and bring back to the boil for 15 seconds
Add the diced butter, little by little, and whisk in until a sauce is formed
Season to taste, reheat the peas and add to the sauce
To serve the roast chicken, carve the bird into 4 portions and serve with the peas
First published in 2015

Paul Heathcote’s love affair with cooking began at home in his early teens. He went on to win two Michelin stars and own multiple restaurants in the North West.

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