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    Warm roast chicken and quinoa salad with sweet potato, cavolo nero and walnuts

    This is a great recipe for transforming your regular Sunday roast into something a little more nutritious. If you don't have time to cook a whole bird, you can use chicken legs and just roast everything in the tray for 40 minutes. 

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus resting
    • Cooking time: 1 hour 50 minutes

    Serves: 6


    2 red onions, thinly sliced
    2 garlic cloves, sliced
    700g sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean and cut into roughly 3cm chunks
    3 thyme sprigs
    1½ tbsp olive oil
    1.5kg whole chicken, string removed
    150ml Cooks' Ingredients chicken stock
    1½ lemons, halved
    ½ tsp ground allspice
    2 x 250g packs ready-cooked red and white quinoa
    200g pack thick-cut cavolo nero
    50g walnuts
    100g pomegranate seeds


    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Toss the onions, garlic, potatoes and thyme with 1 tbsp oil, season and spread out in a large roasting tin. Put the chicken, breast-side down, on top of the onions and potatoes. Roast for 20 minutes. 

    2. Take the roasting tin out of the oven. Turn the chicken so it is breast-side up, give the vegetables a stir and pour the chicken stock into the base of the tin. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon over the chicken and put the shells in the cavity. Drizzle the skin with the remaining ½ tbsp oil, season and sprinkle with the allspice. Lower the oven temperature to 180°C, gas mark 4 and return the roasting tin to the oven for 1 hour. 

    3. Remove the roasting tin from the oven. Test the chicken is cooked by inserting a skewer into the thickest part of the thigh. If the juices run clear and there is no pink meat, it's ready – if they are still pink, roast for another 15 minutes, then test again. Lift the chicken and allow the juices from the cavity to run into the tin. Set the chicken aside on a plate with the sweet potatoes. Loosely cover with foil and leave to rest for 20 minutes. Spoon half the roasting juices out of the tin and into a small saucepan; set aside.

    4. Stir the cooked quinoa and the cavolo nero into the roasting tin, tossing with the onions and roasting juices, and seasoning with the remaining juice of ½ lemon and a pinch of salt. Return to the oven for 20 minutes, stirring halfway. Put the walnuts on a small baking tray and add to the oven for the final 10 minutes. 

    5. Carve the chicken (adding any more juices to the saucepan). Roughly chop the walnuts. Arrange the quinoa, sweet potatoes and carved chicken on a large serving dish or individual plates. Reheat the roasting juices and spoon over the top, scattering with the chopped walnuts and pomegranate seeds to serve.


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