For a really fragrant roast, make a spicy paste with ginger, coriander and lime juice, and slide it under the skin of a free-range chicken.
Summer Roast Chicken with Ginger, Chilli and Lime
- 2.5cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 red chillies, deseeded and roughly chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- 20g pack fresh coriander
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lime, zested and juiced
- 1.8kg free range whole chicken
- Preheat the oven to 190°C, gas mark 5. Place the ginger, chilli, garlic, coriander, 1 tbsp of the oil, the lime zest and half the juice in a food processor or liquidiser. Blend to a rough paste and set aside.
- Working from the neck end of the chicken, gently push your fingers between the skin and breast to loosen it, taking care not to break the skin. Using your hands, spread the paste evenly over the breast meat under the skin, until covered. Smooth the skin back over and secure underneath with a cocktail stick if necessary.
- Tie the legs together with kitchen string and place the chicken in a roasting tin. Rub with the remaining oil and season. Calculate the roasting time according to the pack instructions and cook for the recommended time (about 1 hour 45 minutes). Test the chicken is cooked by inserting a skewer into the thickest part of the thigh. If the juices run clear, it’s ready – if they are still pink, return the chicken to the oven for 15 minutes, then test again.
- Serve warm, sliced chicken with couscous and fresh watercress, tossed with the remaining lime juice.
If you don’t want to cook a whole chicken, stuff the spicy paste under the skins of 4 chicken breasts and roast for 25-30 minutes instead.
Spicy roast chicken deserves a full, herby white.
- Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cooking time: 105 minutes
- Total time: 1 hour 55 minutes
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This recipe was first published in Thu May 01 01:00:00 BST 2008.