Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1.5 hours
- 40g butter, soft
- 1 lemon
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 4-5 sprigs thyme
- 2-3 sprigs sage, leaves finely chopped
- 1 whole chicken approx 1.7KG
- 6 spring onions
- 2 bags herb salad
- 1 carrot, grated
- 4 slices bread torn into chunks
- 2tbsp olive oil
- 1tbsp whole grain mustard
- 2tbsp red wine vinegar
Heat the oven to 190C/ 170C fan. Beat together the butter, zest of the lemon, garlic, thyme leaves and sage.
Use your hands to ease away the skin over the breast of the chicken and spread the butter mixture under the skin. Put half the remaining lemon inside the chicken (keep the other half for the dressing) and season the chicken skin with salt and pepper.
Cook the chicken for 1 ½ hrs, basting regularly.
When the chicken is almost done cut the bread into small squares and cook in a frying pan with a drizzle of oil and salt and pepper.
Mix together the oil, mustard, vinegar and squeeze of the reserved lemon and season.
Slice the spring onions and spread over a large serving platter with the herb salad and grated carrot. Cut the Chicken into portions and lay on top of the salad.
Sprinkle over the croutons and drizzle everything with dressing.
Note: See the packaging information for exact cooking time for your chicken. To check the chicken is cooked through, insert a skewer into the thickest part of the thigh and make sure that the juices run clear.
Salad Used: Bags of herb salad