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‘Never fail’ Roast Chicken

ChickenOkay, 2 posts I’ve mentioned my Roast Chicken, so maybe I should write a little about what’s so great about it.

Chicken is the cheap meat in a nugget, filler in a creamy pasta dish, drumsticks in a BBQ ‘value’ pack. And don’t get me started on Popcorn chicken…

…but chicken is so much more than that, and it’s so undervalued.

Chicken is a very social meat, and so easy to share. You have people who don’t like red meat at all, so chicken is great for them. Then you have people who find Lamb too greasy, Pork too fatty or fibrous, Beef only edible the way they cook it (blue, rare, medium, sunny side-up – whatever). But chicken, everyone likes chicken one way – cooked. No-one asks for chicken rare, or with the fat cut off, no-one wants it ‘well-done’. Chicken. Cooked. Done.

And a whole Roast Chicken can be one of the most beautiful dishes, when given a little care, and being relaxed about it. It’s a real carnivore’s meat, all that pulling at flesh with fingers, and gnawing meat off the bone, popping the legs to suck the marrow if you’re so inclined …gorgeous. It’s also a great option for entertaining as a big chicken can easily feed 6 people (with leftovers for stocks and soups) – with enough choice of breast, thigh, leg and  ‘dark meat’ to cater for all tastes.

Except vegetarians, but they can sit over there. No, further. Further. There.

So, ‘never fails’ Roast Chicken (for which I am indebted to Nigel Slater).

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