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Friday, 22 April 2016

Roast chicken with rhubarb


Now I feel sure there may be some among you that think you should eat the Roast Chicken first and then have the rhubarb for dessert! Well you may well be right ... but sometimes isn't it good to try something a little bit different, and you could well find that you thoroughly enjoy this dish, the rhubarb just adds a lovely fruity twist to your Roast Chicken. Why not give it a try and see what you think?

Ingredients:

(3.6g carb per serving)
6 rhubarb stalks
Juice of half an orange
1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
40g butter, softened
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 whole chicken, roughly 2kg
2 tbsp plain flour
500ml chicken stock, made with a stock cube
1 tbsp red wine vinegar


Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Cut 2 of the rhubarb stalks into 2-3cm pieces and place in a small saucepan with the orange juice and ginger over a low/medium heat. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until completely softened. Put this in a sieve over a bowl to remove excess moisture and leave to stand for 10-15 minutes or until cooled. Reserve the liquid.
2. Mix the cooled rhubarb with the butter and thyme and season to taste.
3. Lay the chicken on a baking sheet with a rim and use your fingers to loosen the skin from the breasts. Spread the butter under the skin of the breasts, reserving 1 tbsp. Cut two of the other rhubarb stalks into thirds and place in the cavity of the chicken. Roast for 20 minutes per 500g, plus an additional 20 minutes, basting regularly.
4. Half an hour before the chicken has finished cooking, cut the remaining 2 stalks of rhubarb into 3cm pieces and scatter around the chicken on the roasting tray. Spread the remaining 1 tbsp of rhubarb butter over the chicken and pour the remaining cooking juice from the stewed rhubarb over the top. Return to the oven for the remaining 30 minutes.
5. Once the chicken has finished cooking, set it aside to rest for 15-20 minutes, covered.
6. Remove the rhubarb from the roasting tin and set aside. Add the flour to the roasting tin and stir to combine it with the pan juices. Place over a medium heat and cook, stirring continuously, for 2 minutes, then add the stock very gradually to prevent lumps from forming. Use a sauce whisk to beat out any lumps. Once all the stock has been added, stir in the rhubarb from the roasting tray and the red wine vinegar and cook for a further 3 minutes until thickened. Serve with the roast chicken.

Each serving provides:
3.6g carbohydrate 1.4g fibre 46.4g protein

Original idea from here


a glass of Prosecco with this dish - what do you think?

All the best Jan

7 comments:

Tom said...

I never would have thought of the two together.

Jo said...

I'm sure the rhubarb will add a delicious taste to the chicken. We had a huge patch of rhubarb at the allotment, I shall miss it this year.

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Love rhubarb. I too would never think of putting it with Chechen.

David Gascoigne said...

Many years ago I was in Holland and they served rhubarb as a vegetable and it was fine. I think that we have arbitrarily partitioned our food into familiar categories, but it's always good to try something new.

Cheryl said...

I think it sounds delicious.......and to be honest I know in advance I will love this.
As I age these type of combinations appeal to me.......and a glass of bubbly, yes please :)
Have a great weekend, although it will be a chilly one.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, this meal does look delicious. I have to admit I have never tried rhubarb, not sure what it taste like. Thanks for sharing! Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

What an interesting combination! It does sound very delicious. I'll have to give this a try.