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Pot-roast chicken with cider and tarragon


Serves: 4
timePrep time: 35 mins
timeTotal time:
Pot-roast chicken with cider and tarragon
Recipe photograph by Helen Cathcart

Pot-roast chicken with cider and tarragon

This all-in-one method of roasting a chicken ensures it stays succulent, and there's no need to make gravy!

Serves: 4
timePrep time: 35 mins
timeTotal time:

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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
746Kcal
Fat
47gr
Saturates
20gr
Carbs
8gr
Sugars
8gr
Fibre
5gr
Protein
63gr
Salt
2.6gr

Abigail Spooner

Abigail Spooner

Abi is our Junior Food Editor and can usually be found in the test kitchen, trialling recipes to ensure perfect results for our readers. An obsessive foodie with a sweet tooth, she is happiest when baking and is a firm believer that there is always room for dessert (preferably following a big bowl of pasta)
See more of Abigail Spooner’s recipes
Abigail Spooner

Abigail Spooner

Abi is our Junior Food Editor and can usually be found in the test kitchen, trialling recipes to ensure perfect results for our readers. An obsessive foodie with a sweet tooth, she is happiest when baking and is a firm believer that there is always room for dessert (preferably following a big bowl of pasta)
See more of Abigail Spooner’s recipes

Ingredients

  • 8 fresh tarragon sprigs
  • 50g soft butter
  • 1 x 1.8-2kg whole chicken
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 x 250g pack smoked bacon lardons
  • 2 leeks, trimmed and sliced thickly
  • 300g echalion shallots, peeled and halved lengthways
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 400ml dry cider
  • 150 ml chicken stock - use gluten-free if required
  • 4 tbsp full fat crème fraîche
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • new potatoes, to serve (optional)

Step by step

Get ahead
Stuff the chicken with the tarragon butter a few hours ahead, cover and chill. Bring back to room temperature before roasting.
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, 180°C fan, gas 6. Finely chop the leaves of 4 tarragon sprigs and combine with the butter and some seasoning in a small bowl. Carefully slide your hand between the skin of the chicken and the breast, as far as you can, then push the butter inside the pocket, smoothing it over the chicken with your hands. Drizzle the skin with 1⁄2 tablespoon of olive oil, season well and set aside.
  2. In a large flameproof casserole, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and add the bacon, leeks and shallots. Cook over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is brown and the vegetables have softened slightly. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  3. Pour in the cider and stock and bring to the boil. Add the chicken to the pot, cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook in the oven for 45 minutes.
  4. Remove the lid and roast for a further 20-25 minutes until the chicken skin is golden and the juices run clear when you pierce the thickest part of the thigh. Transfer the chicken to a large plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  5. Strain the remaining contents of the casserole into a colander set over a large bowl and return the resulting liquid to the casserole. Tip the strained vegetables and bacon into the bowl, cover and keep warm.
  6. Place the casserole over a fairly high heat and bring to the boil. Bubble for around 5-7 minutes to thicken and reduce the sauce. Finely chop the leaves of the remaining 4 tarragon sprigs and stir into the sauce, along with the crème fraîche and mustard. Return the vegetables and bacon to the sauce, then sit the chicken back in the casserole to take it to the table.
  7. Carve the chicken and serve with the chunky cider sauce spooned over, and new potatoes on the side, if you like.

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