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Chicken roasted in spiced hay with lemon stuffing

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for Chicken roasted in spiced hay with lemon stuffing from Matt Moran at Chiswick

By Matt Moran
  • Serves 4
  • 50 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 30 mins cooking plus cooling
Chicken roasted in spiced hay with lemon stuffing
Chicken roasted in spiced hay with lemon stuffing


  • 1 chicken (1.6kg)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
Lemon stuffing
  • 80 gm sourdough bread, crusts removed
  • 80 ml milk (⅓ cup)
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 golden shallots, coarsely chopped
  • 80 gm duck fat
  • 1 tbsp coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tbsp coarsely chopped rosemary
  • 1 tbsp thyme
Spiced hay
  • 250 gm unsprayed lucerne hay (see note)
  • 10 cinnamon quills
  • 10 star anise
  • 2 tbsp each fennel seeds, coriander seeds and cumin seeds


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180C. For lemon stuffing, combine bread and milk in a bowl, stand until bread softens (10 seconds), drain and squeeze out excess milk (discard). Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat, add garlic and shallot, stir occasionally until tender (4-5 minutes), cool, then combine in a food processor with bread mixture and remaining ingredients. Season to taste, process to combine and set aside.
  • 2
    Gently separate the skin from chicken breasts with your fingers, then spoon in a little stuffing and spread evenly across breast by gently running your hand over skin to smooth out. Spoon remaining stuffing into cavity, seal with a skewer, season chicken to taste and set aside.
  • 3
    For spiced hay, combine ingredients in a large casserole with a tight-fitting lid, mix well to combine and set aside.
  • 4
    Heat oil in a large frying pan over high heat, add chicken and cook, turning occasionally, until browned all over. Place on top of hay mixture, cover and roast until just cooked through (1½ hours-1 hour 40 minutes). Set aside to rest for 5 minutes.
  • 5
    Preheat a char-grill pan over high heat, grill lemon wedges until slightly charred and serve with hot hay-roasted chicken.


Lucerne hay is available from select agricultural suppliers.
This recipe is from the May 2012 issue of
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  • Author: Matt Moran