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Sean Moran’s famous roast chicken with bread sauce

Leave your other roast chicken recipes at the door. This is the best recipe for the perfect roast chook.
Roast chicken bread sauce from Sean's in BondiBen Dearnley

Nostalgia is the challenge for this homespun dish. To overcome it, chef Sean Moran seeks out the most wholesome, free-range chicken and best seasonal ingredients possible.

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Bread sauce


1.For brine, place salt, sugar and spices with 2 litres water in a large saucepan over high heat and stir until salt and sugar dissolve (6 minutes). Remove from heat, cool to room temperature, then refrigerate, stirring occasionally until brine is chilled (45 minutes). Submerge chicken in brine, weighing down with a plate if necessary. Refrigerate overnight.
2.Place garlic and oregano in a mortar and pound with a pestle until a paste forms. Transfer to a bowl with butter and lemon juice. Season to taste and mix well to combine.
3.Preheat oven to 200°C fan-forced. Remove chicken from brine (discard brine); drain and pat dry. Gently slide your fingers under the skin of the breast separating skin from the meat. Slide garlic and oregano butter under skin and stuff cavity of chicken with reserved lemon halves. Secure legs with kitchen string; place chicken in a roasting pan.
4.Place tomato paste, stock and wine in a bowl and whisk to combine; pour over chicken. Drizzle chicken with oil and season to taste. Roast until chicken is golden and juices run clear when thickest part of a thigh is pierced (1 hr 20 minutes); rest, loosely covered with foil, for 20 minutes before serving.
5.Meanwhile, for bread sauce, combine milk, cream, onion, spices, stalks and bay leaves in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until onion is soft (20 minutes). Strain through a fine sieve into a clean saucepan (discard solids). Bring to the boil and stir in breadcrumbs. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring frequently, until crumbs soften. Season to taste; stir in butter until combined.
6.To serve, spoon bread sauce over base of serving plates. Carve chicken and place on top of sauce with steamed corn and wilted seasonal greens and vegetables, and drizzle with pan juices.

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