Our chickens come ready to roast – but here are a few pointers to get the most out of your bird.
- If your chicken is one of our frozen ones, defrost your chicken for 24-36 hours in the fridge.
- Remove chicken from the fridge an hour before cooking.
- Preheat your oven to 220˚C/430˚F/Gas 8.
- Place chicken in a roasting tray and season. Insert the pop-up timer into the breast. Our chickens have a lovely layer of fat so there is no need to add butter or oil. Pop your herbs into the cavity of the bird, or scatter half over the top.
- Place the chicken in the oven and cook for 20 minutes before reducing the oven temperature to 180˚C/360˚F/Gas 4. Cook for approximately 15 minutes per 500g.
- If using foil, remove foil 15 minutes before the end to ensure crispy skin.
- Remove chicken from the oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes before carving.
Roasting Bag – If you wish to speed up the roasting time you can use the roasting bag provided. Prepare the chicken in the same way as above and cook for 10 minutes per 500g plus the additional 20 minutes at the start.
Carefully remove the wings and legs with a sharp knife. Carve the succulent meat from the breastbone and pick the rest from the carcass, not forgetting all the bits underneath.