What Chicken dish are you planning to prepare for Christmas?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by kittiekat, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. kittiekat

    kittiekat Out Of The Brooder Project Manager

    Dec 16, 2013
    I've searched for some chicken recipes that I can try for this very special occasion. It's not usual for me to roast chicks since I've been doing a lot of things all throughout the year so I thought to myself why not prepare something that will require me to put my cooking skills into a test. So I stumbled upon this recipe:

    Roast chicken with lemon & rosemary roast potatoes


    • 2 kg higher-welfare chicken
    • sea salt
    • freshly ground black pepper
    • 1.5 kg potatoes, peeled
    • 1 large lemon, preferably unwaxed
    • 1 whole bulb garlic, broken into cloves
    • 1 handful fresh thyme
    • olive oil
    • 1 handful fresh rosemary sprigs, leaves picked
    • 8 rashers higher-welfare smoked streaky bacon, optional
    1.) Rub the chicken inside and out with a generous amount of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Do this in the morning if possible, then cover the chicken and leave in the fridge until you're ready to start cooking it for lunch or dinner. By doing this, you'll make the meat really tasty when cooked. Preheat your oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas 5. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Cut the potatoes into golf-ball-sized pieces, put them into the water with the whole lemon and the garlic cloves, and cook for 12 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for 1 minute (this will give you crispier potatoes), then remove the lemon and garlic. Toss the potatoes in the pan while still hot so their outsides get chuffed up and fluffy – this will make them lovely and crispy when they roast.

    2.) While the lemon is still hot, carefully stab it about 10 times. Take the chicken out of the fridge, pat it with kitchen paper and rub it all over with olive oil. Push the garlic cloves, the whole lemon and the thyme into the cavity, then put the chicken into a roasting tray and cook in the preheated oven for around 45 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate. Some lovely fat should have cooked out of it into the roasting tray, so toss the potatoes into this with the rosemary leaves. Shake the tray around, then make a gap in the centre of the potatoes and put the chicken back in. If using the bacon, lay the rashers over the chicken breast and cook for a further 45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked and the potatoes are nice and golden. (You can tell the chicken is cooked when the thigh meat pulls easily away from the bone and the juices run clear.)

    3.) If you like, you can remove the bacon from the chicken and crumble it up over the potatoes. Then remove the lemon and garlic from inside the chicken, squeeze all the garlic flesh out of the skin, mush it up and smear it all over the chicken, discard the lemon and rosemary and carve the chicken at the table.

    Wow. This sounds delicious! Can't wait to try this out on Christmas.

    What about you? What are you guys planning to prepare?
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    We just brought home a beautiful prime rib roast, so my chickens are safe this year. We eat a lot of chicken throughout the year, so holidays are either turkey, prime rib or ham.

    I use bacon like that on some of my roasting birds and my family fights over it! I've learned to use a number of strips divisible by 3 to keep the pushing and grabbing to a minimum [​IMG]
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  3. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

    May 22, 2009
    North Central Florida
    I will be trying Donrae's version of Betty Crocker's Honey ginger chicken before
    Christmas. I like making a really nice meal Christmas eve. I may do that with a big green salad and a yule log for dessert.

    I am going to try coke pork this year For Christmas dinner. Rebel cowboy gave me the recipe a few years back, but every time I got a pork roast my husband put it on the rotisserie. But this year I bought two! I out witted him. [​IMG]

    The potatoes sound wonderful.
    My husband taught me a easy garlic and parsley potato dish that we ate for years.
    It was boiled potato drained, a stick of butter, a couple cloves of garlic through the press, and fresh chopped parsley. Easy and quick, and still fancy.
  4. kittiekat

    kittiekat Out Of The Brooder Project Manager

    Dec 16, 2013
    Wow. Ribs sounds terrific for Christmas dinner.

    My Hubby is crazy over chicken so I make it a point to really cook a chicken dish every now and then.

    When he found out I was planning to raise some chicks, he's already what dishes he will ask me to cook. [​IMG]
  5. kittiekat

    kittiekat Out Of The Brooder Project Manager

    Dec 16, 2013
    I think I'm going to make a garlic and parsley potato dish too. I just love garlic and potato together.

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