Zesty roast chicken recipe

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  • Serves 4
  • 15 mins to prepare and 1 hr 40 mins to cook
  • 560 calories / serving
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Preheat the oven to gas mark 5, 190°C, fan 170°C. Dry the chicken with kitchen towel, then smear it all over, including inside the cavity, with butter.

Zest and juice the limes and lemons and mix together with the olive oil.

Put a squeezed lemon and lime half inside the chicken, along with the garlic cloves.

Place the chicken in a deep roasting tray and scatter around the remaining lemon and lime halves, the sprigs of thyme and the bay leaves. Season well, then pour over the citrus-flavoured olive oil.

Roast, uncovered, for around 1 hr 40 mins, basting occasionally. The chicken is done when the juices run clear when a skewer is inserted. For extra-moist meat, allow the chicken to rest before serving.

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  • Ingredients

  • 2.2kg (5lbs) Freedom Food Willow Farm Chicken
  • 25g butter
  • 2 limes
  • 2 lemons
  • 4tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • few sprigs thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Energy 2320kj 560kcal 28%
  • Fat 27g 38%
  • Saturates 9g 47%
  • Sugars 0g 0%
  • Salt 0.9g 15%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 1g Protein 77.1g Fibre 0.4g


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