Roast chicken with creamed leeks & Parmesan parsnips

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 90 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Serves: 4


1.5kg whole free range chicken
2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
3 tsp Dijon mustard
25g pack chives, chopped
4 parsnips, quartered
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan), grated
4 leeks, washed and sliced
200g tub Yeo Valley Organic Half Fat Crème Fraîche 


1. Preheat the oven to 200oC, gas mark 6. Place the chicken in a large roasting tin.

2. Mix 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard with 2 tsp Dijon and half the chives. Loosen the skin over the chicken breast and spoon the mustard mixture under the skin smoothing the surface out. Roast for 1 hour.

3. Cook the parsnips in boiling water for 5 minutes, drain and toss in 1 tbsp oil and the Parmigiano Reggiano. Remove most of the excess juices from the chicken tin and arrange parsnips around the chicken. Roast for a further 30 minutes. (Loosely cover the chicken with foil if it looks too dark).

4. Mix the remaining wholegrain mustard and 1 tsp Dijon and brush over the whole chicken 10 minutes before the end of cooking.

5. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan and fry the leeks, covered for 5-6 minutes. Stir in the crème fraîche and remaining chives then season. Check the chicken is cooked through (with no pink meat) and serve with the parsnips.