Free range whole chicken

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  • Free range whole chicken

Naturally firm and meaty, this slow-grown, outdoor reared chicken is full of old-fashioned rustic flavour.

Naturally plump - no added water and free-range

Birds are fed an all natural diet using old-fashioned, slow growing breeds for flavour and texture.

You really will taste the difference with a succulent free range chicken.

It will make a fantastic centerpiece for any family roast

Try something different for this weeks roast:

Moroccan roast chicken with apricots

Ingredients:

2 small chicken

6 tbsp olive oil

small bunch coriander

2 tbsp sumac (see tip, below)

1 tbsp cumin seed

1 tbsp fennel seed

2 tsp chilli flakes

2 garlic cloves

zest and juice 2 lemons

4 tbsp pomegranate molasses

250g natural yogurt, mixed with 1-2 pinches saffron, to serve

For the apricots

12 apricots, halved and stoned

2 preserved lemons, rinsed, seeds removed, finely chopped

3 tbsp clear honey

1 tbsp orange blossom water

4 tbsp white wine vinegar


Spatchcock the chickens – see tip, below, or ask your butcher to do it for you. Put the olive oil, coriander, sumac, cumin, fennel, chilli, garlic, lemon zest and juice, pomegranate molasses and some ground black pepper into a food processor or blender, and whizz to a paste. Divide between 2 large food bags, add a chicken to each, then squeeze out the air and seal before giving everything a good squelch to coat thoroughly. Marinate for 24-48 hrs in the fridge, turning and squishing every so often.

Fire up a barbecue and let the flames die down, or heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Lift the chicken out of the bags and season well with salt. Barbecue or roast the chicken for 25-30 mins on each side until crisp and cooked through. Set aside on a platter, loosely cover with foil, to rest while you do the apricots. If you roasted rather than barbecued, keep the tin juices warm for serving.

Put the apricots in a small, snug roasting tin. Whisk the preserved lemon, honey, orange blossom and vinegar with some seasoning. Pour over the apricots and roast, or sit on the barbecue, for 20 mins until soft.

Serve the chicken with any cooking juices, the apricots and saffron yogurt.


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