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Roast poussin with saffron and mash recipe

Roast poussin with saffron and mash recipe

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The perfect way to relax on a Sunday afternoon, this roast poussin with saffron and buttery mash recipe is a delicious treat that'll both fill and warm you up. The term "poussin" is sometimes referred to as "coquelet" and is a butchers term for a young chicken. See method

  • Serves 1
  • 10 mins to prepare and 35 mins to cook
  • 635 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free


  • 1 poussin
  • pinch saffron
  • 2tsp butter, softened
  • 4tbsp white wine (or water)
  • 6 small tomatoes on the vine

For the mash

  • 225g (7½oz) floury potatoes (such as King Edward), peeled
  • 1tsp butter
  • 3tbsp milk

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    33g 47%
  • Saturates

    14g 70%
  • Sugars

    7g 8%
  • Salt

    0.6g 6%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 45.1g Protein 32.2g Fibre 5.6g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C.
  2. Using kitchen scissors, cut the poussin in half lengthways. Mix the saffron into the butter along with a large pinch of salt and plenty of cracked black pepper. Smear it over the poussin skin.
  3. Place the poussin in a small, lined roasting tin, skin-side up, and roast for 15 minutes. Add the wine and the tomatoes to the tin and roast for a further 15 minutes, until the tomatoes are blistered and the poussin is golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, make the mash. Chop the potatoes into evenly sized chunks. Boil in salted water for about 15-20 minutes, until tender.
  5. Drain and return to the pan over a low heat. Allow to steam-dry for a few minutes, shaking occasionally. Tip into a bowl and mash.
  6. Warm the butter and milk in the potato pan and add to the mash, beating with a fork until it's fluffy. Season to taste.
  7. Serve the roast poussin halves with the warm mash and tomatoes, drizzled with the juices from the roasting tin.

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