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A whole chicken is a favourite for the whole family. Chicken is so versitile, there are many different flavour combinations to be tried.
A whole chicken makes a beautiful roast, but nothing is wasted as there are so many things that you can make with the leftovers.
Whether you choose a traditional roast or something with a bit of a difference this week, our beautiful succulent chickens do it all!
Try something different for this weeks roast:
Moroccan roast chicken with apricots
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.