Roast Chicken with Garlic Sauce

Apr 18, 2012 12:40 pm

Simple roast chicken as the French do best

roast chicken with garlic
Photo: Hix Oyster & Chop House
Make an easy roast chicken, French style. The garlic sauce makes this an impressive dish for a dinner party.

This Roast Chicken with Garlic Sauce was inspired by several visits to L’Amis Louis in Paris, where the food is simple and honest, respecting the quality ingredients used. We buy traditionally reared Woolley Park Farm chickens, which have an amazing gamey flavour. Served with simple roasted potatoes and chicken liver, this will be your new go-to dinner party dish to impress. As for the breadcrumbs, we highly recommend you make your own.

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Servings: 4 to 6


For the chicken
1 3 1/2 pound free-range chicken, with livers
a few sprigs each of thyme and rosemary
a few generous knobs of butter
For the stuffing
4 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 ounces chicken livers, finely chopped
2 teaspoons thyme leaves
1 cup fresh white breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
For the sauce
4 heads garlic
a few sprigs of curly parsley
1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 to 3 tablespoons duck fat, warmed (or pan juices from the chicken)
2/3 cup fresh white breadcrumbs
a little milk, to mix
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Season the chicken inside and out. Put the herbs into the cavity. Rub butter all over the breast and legs.
  2. For the stuffing, melt the butter in a pan. Add the onion, livers and thyme, season and cook over a medium heat for two to three minutes.
  3. Off the heat, mix in the breadcrumbs, parsley and seasoning. Either use to stuff your bird, or cook separately in an ovenproof dish or wrapped in foil for the last 30-40 minutes’ cooking time.
  4. Put the chicken in a large roasting tin, wrap the garlic bulbs for the sauce in foil and bake alongside the chicken (remove them after an hour and leave to cool, so you can make the sauce later).
  5. Baste the chicken regularly, adding the livers to the roasting tin for the last six minutes or so. Test the chicken after 1¼ hours by inserting a skewer into the thickest part of the thigh. The juices should run clear; if not roast for a little longer.
  6. Lift the chicken on to a warmed platter and rest in a warm place for 15 minutes.
  7. Unwrap the cooled roast garlic, then peel away any tough outer skin. Put the garlic in a blender with the parsley, mustard, warm duck fat (or chicken pan juices) and breadcrumbs and blend until smooth.
  8. Add enough milk to give the sauce a thick pouring consistency and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Sprinkle the cooked chicken with chopped parsley and serve with the roast livers, stuffing and garlic sauce.
Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
1 hour, 30 minutes
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