Roast Chicken, served with roast sweet potatoes, red onions, feta and pine nuts

Posted on January 19, 2010

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A real English tradition is to have a big roast lunch on a Sunday and I have to say that I love it. Other days work too but a big Sunday lunch with a bottle of wine just can’t be beaten. And it’s fun to experiment with variations on the traditional English roasts.

Roast Chicken

  • Place the chicken in a roasting/oven dish and rub the skin lightly with oil and then season. Depending on what you will be serving with the chicken, you can also add some herbs, my preference for this dish is thyme.
  • In the cavity I usually place a peeled onion (and sometimes some garlic) to give some more flavour and to ensure the chicken doesn’t dry out.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and then cook the chicken for around 1.5hrs (depending on its size).
  • Leave the chicken to stand for 5-10mins before serving to let the juices run.

Roast sweet potatoes, red onions, feta and pine nuts

  • Peel and cut the sweet potato(es) into cubes, coat with a little olive oil and place in a medium high oven for around 30mins.
  • After around 10mins of cooking, shake the sweet potatoes to ensure they are not sticking and then add peeled and quartered red onions (about half the quantity of sweet potato).
  • Toast a handful of pine nuts in a dry pan and set aside.
  • Before serving the chicken, shake the sweet potatoes and onions gently. Turn the over to high. Sprinkle a bit of feta, and the pine nuts over the top.
  • Bake for another 5-10mins (until the feta is soft) before serving

The beauty of this dish is that it give you a couple of side dishes with the leftovers:

  • Sweet potatoes crisps: clean the sweet potatoes before peeling. In an oven dish add the peelings with a little olive oil, seasoning and nutmeg (and for a spicier option, a little chilli powder). Mix with your hands so that all the peelings are covered. Then bake in a high oven for around 10-15mins.
  • Cook up the chicken bones and have chicken noodle soup later in the week (an ideal winter warmer that’s easy to do after a long day in the office).
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