Chicken with ’40’ cloves of garlic
- April 2005
- Serves 8
- Takes 2¼ hours to make
Don’t be put off by the amount of garlic in this dish: once it has been roasted in the oven alongside the chicken, the taste and texture becomes mild, sweet and buttery. The tarragon, adds a fantastic sweet aniseed flavour.
- 14.1g (4.1g saturated)
- 6.5g (2g sugars)
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 6 celery sticks, each stick cut into 3 or 4 lengths
- 2 onions, each cut into 8 wedges
- 2 garlic bulbs, broken into unpeeled cloves
- Handful fresh parsley sprigs
- Handful fresh tarragon sprigs, plus extra to serve
- 2 chickens, each weighing about 1.5kg
- 125ml dry white wine
- 300ml fresh chicken stock, hot
- 25g butter, softened
- 25g plain flour
- Preheat the oven to 180C/fan160C/gas4. Pour the oil into the large roasting tin and heat on the hob. Add the celery, onion wedges and unpeeled garlic and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring once or twice, until slightly brown. Add the parsley and tarragon sprigs, then turn off the heat.
- Sit the chickens on top of the vegetables, side by side. Pour over the wine and stock, then cover the tin with foil, tucking it underneath the edge of the tin. Roast for 1 hour.
- Uncover and increase the oven temperature to 190C/fan170C/gas5. Cook for a further 30 minutes, until the chickens are cooked and browned. To test they are cooked, insert a knife into the thickest part of each thigh, the juices should run clear. If not, return to the oven until cooked through. Transfer the chickens to a baking tray. Remove the onion, celery and a few of the garlic cloves with a slotted spoon, and put beside the chicken. Cover with foil to keep warm.
- Meanwhile, squeeze the garlic from the remaining cloves in the tin into the chicken juices. Put the tin on the hob and bring to a simmer. Mix the butter and flour together to make a paste, then gradually whisk into the juices, cooking until you have a thickened gravy – you may not need all of the paste, depending on how thick you like your gravy. Season to taste, then pass through a sieve into a gravy jug.
- Put the chickens and vegetables onto a serving plate and garnish with extra tarragon, if you like. Carve straight onto the plates and serve with the braised peas and carrots, and some buttered new potatoes.
You will need a roasting tin large enough to take both chickens side by side.
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