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Old 03-10-2005, 04:55 AM   #1
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Lemon flavoured, herbed chicken with butternut squash

Roasting chicken with a fresh herb, garlic and lemon butter under the skin keeps the meat tender, while the squash beneath absorbs all the chicken juices.

Enough for 4 people

50g butter
1 clove of crushed garlic
Good handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped
4 or 5 sprigs of thyme, chopped
handful of fresh basil, finely chopped
2 unwaxed lemons
One chicken (about 1.75kg)
2 x 800g butternut squash, peeled and cut into 3cm dice
Freshly milled salt and black pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 190C, gas mark 5.

In a bowl, beat the butter to soften it slightly, then stir in the herbs, garlic and grated zest of 1 of the lemons. Mix well and season with black pepper. Make a pocket by lifting the skin away from the flesh of the chicken breast and sliding your fingers underneath, loosening to the top of the legs. Using a spoon or your fingers, carefully push the butter under the skin so that it sits on top of the breast meat. Pat the skin down.
Place the butternut squash in a large roasting tin and season with black pepper. Slice the second lemon and add to the tin. Place the chicken on a metal rack over the squash. Halve the zested lemon and squeeze the juice of one half over the chicken. Place the remaining half in the cavity. Place in the oven and cook for 45 minutes per kg plus an extra 20 minutes. Check the chicken is cooked by inserting a skewer into the thickest part of the thigh it is ready when the juices run clear and there is no pink meat. Remove the rack once during cooking to turn the squash.

Transfer the chicken to a warmed serving dish, cover with kitchen foil and rest for 10 minutes before carving. Keep the butternut squash warm by covering with foil and placing in the oven on a low heat.Reserve the cooking juices and use to make a gravy, together with any cooking water from accompanying vegetables. Serve the chicken with the butternut squash and some green vegetables.


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Old 03-10-2005, 08:50 AM   #2
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This sounds great Ishbel! Thanks!

:) Barbara

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Old 03-10-2005, 09:20 AM   #3
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I often cook this for Saturday lunch if we have guests (otherwise we just eat a quick sandwich!)
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Old 03-10-2005, 10:15 AM   #4
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Ooooo, Ishbel this sounds like another winner. I have a similar recipe, but it is much more involved. I am getting some farm chickens next week so I think I will try yours out this way. I usually use a LOT of basil, but I have recently decided that thyme is a nice flavour with chicken. Do you usually use fresh? Or is dried OK?

Duh, I reread the recipe...sprigs would be fresh...*Alix smacking her forehead*...OK, so how much dried should I use?
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Old 03-10-2005, 10:32 AM   #5
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As dried is much more potent, I'd probably only use about half a heaped teaspoon's worth of thyme.
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