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Thursday 8 June 2023

Pot-roast chicken with root vegetables and barley

A roast dinner with hardly any washing up, what could be better. This dish features chicken, a firm family favourite, and which even in these days of rising costs is still reasonably priced. Read on for more details ...

Serves four
1.5-1.8kg/3lb 5oz - 4lb chicken (free-range or organic, if possible)
olive oil, for roasting
½ swede (rutabaga), peeled and chopped
3 carrots, cut into chunks
2 onions, chopped
100g/3½oz pearl barley
2 chicken stock cubes
500ml/18fl oz hot water
2 garlic cloves, flattened
1 tsp dried thyme
1 head spring greens, shredded
salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 240C/220C Fan/Gas 9, or as high as it will go.
2. Put the chicken into a large casserole dish, drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes to brown the chicken, then remove from the oven and reduce the temperature to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7.
3. Transfer the chicken to a plate, then put all the ingredients except the spring greens into the casserole. Lay the chicken on top and cover with the lid.
4. Set the casserole over a high heat for 3-4 minutes, until you hear the liquid in the bottom of the dish start to boil. Transfer to the oven and cook for 40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through completely.
5. Carefully remove the chicken from the pan with a pair of forks or tongs and set aside to rest for 15-20 minutes.
6. Meanwhile, stir the spring greens into the vegetables and pearl barley, cover with a lid and leave to stand while the chicken rests.
7. Carve the chicken and serve with the vegetables.

Each serving provides
447 kcal, 57g protein, 17g carbohydrate (of which 13g sugars), 14.5g fat (of which 3.5g saturates), 10g fibre and 2.5g salt.

Pearl Barley
Is barley with all the bran removed, giving the round, shiny grains a pearlescent white colour. It can be used in soups and stews as a thickener, or to add texture rather than flavour. Pearl barley is widely used in Japan and countries with cool climates.

From an original idea here

For readers who may prefer a vegetarian dish, have a look at 'Greengrocers Veggie Hotpot' here

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All the best Jan


roentare said...

It is a hearty looking roast chicken to have in any dinner

Elephant's Child said...

Thanks for the veggie hot pot. Yum.

Teresa said...

Muy bueno ese pollo. Feliz noche.

Practical Parsimony said...

I do almost the same thing in a crockpot. Your remark about the spring greens reminded me of a funny episode in Gunsmoke. I don't know if people in the UK are familiar with this long-running show we watched for 20 years in America.

Two old guys who were not cooks were eating food an Indian woman prepared in the manner of the cooks in that time. The men were talking about the stew or whatever she had made in a pot. One guy said the weeds she put in made it taste good. I was laughing, thinking the weeds were probably what we would call herbs or greens today. But, to the two guys, putting weeds/herbs/greens was not familiar to them.

I like "weeds."

Tom said...

...I different take on pot roast!

Alicia said...

This looks amazing! I've never roasted a whole chicken, I may give it a try this weekend. I usually just buy the rotisserie chicken, but would be fun to try this method.

Susan Kane said...

Delicious. I was planning on having tacos tonight.

J.P. Alexander said...

Gracias por la receta. Se ve genial te mando un beso.

Pam said...

I could never cook at chick that big, with it being just me, I would have to throw most away

Lorrie said...

Barley cooked beneath a roasting chicken would have wonderful flavour!

Christine said...


Angie's Recipes said...

Such a wonderful meal!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Chicken is always delicious.

God bless.

Margaret D said...

Looks wonderful.

Donna said...

I need that deliver? lolol

eileeninmd said...

Sounds yummy, hubby and I love the roasted chicken.
Thanks for sharing! Take care, enjoy your day and happy weekend to you!

ashok said...

Looks delicious

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my that looks so good, we are having turkey tonight :)
Have a great weekend!

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

That chicken looks sooo good!

Bill said...

That looks great! said...

Looks good

Mary Kirkland said...

Oh yes, that sounds so good.

Rose said...

This sounds so good...

William Kendall said...

Quite a meal.

Snowbird said...

Oohhh, veggie hotpot! You have me craving barley now!xxx