Spatchcock chicken with fennel, watercress & lemon salad


2 tbsp harissa paste 
2 tbsp light olive oil 
1.4kg chicken 
2 lemons
1 fennel bulb
100g watercress
30g queen olives, sliced 
25g pack fresh flatleaf parsley, leaves picked 


1. Preheat the oven to 220°C, gas mark 7. In a small bowl, mix together the harissa paste with 1 tbsp of the olive oil. Using kitchen scissors, carefully remove the backbone of the chicken and discard. Turn the chicken over and flatten out.

2. Rub the harissa oil generously over the chicken. Place the chicken on a rack over a deep roasting tray. Thoroughly wash and clean all utensils and surfaces used to prepare the raw chicken, and wash your hands. Squeeze over the zest and juice of 1 lemon and sprinkle with sea salt.

3. Place the chicken in the hot oven to roast for 15 minutes, turning the heat down for the last 35 minutes to 180°C, gas mark 4 until the skin is crisp and golden and the juices run clear when pricked with a skewer.

4. To make the salad, finely slice the fennel and the remaining lemon with a mandolin or in a food processor with a slicing blade. If time allows, pop the fennel into ice cold water to crisp up. Pat the fennel dry and toss in a large bowl with the lemon slices, watercress, olives, parsley and remaining olive oil.

5. Season and dress with a drizzle of the chicken juices. Serve the salad with the chicken.  

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 50 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes 60 minutes 5 minutes

Serves: 4

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 1,766kJ
Fat 29.9g
Saturated Fat 7.6g
Carbohydrate 3g
Sugars 2.8g
Protein 35.8g
Salt 1.2g
Fibre 2.5g

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This recipe was first published in Thu May 14 11:55:00 BST 2015.