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How to make the best roast chicken

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This recipe combines poaching and roasting to give you succulent, tender meat, with a crispy skin.


1 leg, with skin

A note on cooking
I encourage you to embrace a freestyle way of cooking, and use this recipe as a guide. Don’t get too caught up in measuring things exactly — you can eyeball most things.

Cooking should be relaxing, unfussy and an opportunity for you to exercise your creativity. Don’t forget to taste as you go along, and use your intuition with flavours.

Trust your instinct, on whether it needs more of this, or more of that — cook to what you like!




    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (392°F)
    2. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil— It should be salty, like sea water.
    3. Add the chicken to the salted water, breast side down, and simmer for 10 minutes.
    4. Remove the chicken from the water, being careful not to rip the skin, and place in a roasting tray, breast up.
    5. Allow the skin to steam dry and rub with a glug of oil, being careful not to burn your hands. Season with salt and pepper.
    6. Add a few millilitres of the poaching liquid, stock or water into the bottom of the tray. With the legs facing the back of the oven, roast for 50 minutes, until the skin is blistering gold, and the juices run clear.
    7. Allow to rest for at least 20 minutes, before carving.

    Bon app! R

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