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Roast chicken with anchovy butter and greens

Anchovy butter spread under the skin makes roast chicken, a winter favourite, even better, and the greens soak up all the juices.

By Lisa Featherby
  • Serves 4 - 6
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 35 mins cooking plus resting
Roast chicken with anchovy butter and greens

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken (about 1.5kg)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 60 ml (1⁄4 cup) chicken stock
  • 2 bunches broccolini, trimmed
  • 1 bunch cavolo nero, torn
  • 3 garlic cloves, skin on
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Crusty bread, to serve
Anchovy butter
  • 6 anchovy fillets, chopped
  • 2 tbsp oregano leaves, plus extra to serve
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 50 gm softened butter

Method

  • 1
    For anchovy butter, pound anchovy, oregano and garlic with a mortar and pestle, season to taste and stir in butter.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 190°C. Slide your fingers carefully between skin and breast of chicken to separate, then loosen as much of the skin around the legs as possible without piercing skin. Spread butter under skin with your fingers and press to distribute evenly. Tie legs together with kitchen string and stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  • 3
    Place chicken in a roasting pan or in a large ovenproof frying pan, drizzle with extra oil and season. Pour stock into pan and roast, basting occasionally, until chicken is goldenbrown and juices run clear when a thigh is pierced with a skewer (1 hour 15 minutes). Transfer chicken to a plate to rest (20-25 minutes).
  • 4
    Increase oven to 250°C. Toss broccolini and cavolo nero in oil and add to pan with garlic, then roast, tossing occasionally, until broccolini is tender (20-25 minutes). Season with lemon juice and return chicken to pan. Serve with bread.

Notes

Drink suggestion: textural white pinot blanc. Drink suggestion by Max Allen.

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  • Author: Lisa Featherby