Roast chicken with honey butter chorizo stuffing:
Rachel’s quote: ‘Chorizo and honey are two powerful flavours that are carefully balanced in this stuffing, they both work wonderfully with the supremely versatile chicken. I have used Kerrygold Honey Spread as a convenient cheat for adding both honey and butter.’
· 40g (1 ½ oz) Kerrygold Honey Spread
· 110g (4oz) chorizo, finely chopped
· 100g (3 ½ oz) white breadcrumbs
· 1 chicken (1.5 – 2.25kg or 3lb 5oz – 5lb)
· 2 tbsp thyme, chopped
· 1 tbsp olive oil
· 1 onion, peeled and chopped
· 1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
· Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°f/Gas mark 4.
2. First make the stuffing, melt 25g of the Kerrygold Honey Spread in a saucepan with the olive oil, then add the onion, garlic and chorizo, cover with a lid and cook on a low heat for 8-10 minutes or until the onions are soft but not browned.
3. Take off the heat, then stir in the thyme and breadcrumbs. Season to taste with salt and pepper then allow to cool.
4. Spoon the cooled stuffing into the chicken cavity and place the chicken in a roasting tin. Smear the remaining Kerrygold Honey Spread over the skin of the chicken and sprinkle with some salt and pepper.
5. Place in the oven and roast for about 1 hour and 30-45 minutes (allowing about 20 minutes per 450g/1 lb), until cooked, basting occasionally. If it begins to look quite dark while cooking, cover with some foil.
6. To check whether the chicken is fully cooked, stick a skewer into the thigh with a spoon placed underneath to catch the juices, the juices should run clear. Also, the legs should feel quite loose on the bird.
7. When cooked, transfer the chicken to a serving plate and leave to rest, covered with foil and in the oven at the lowest temperature. This will keep the chicken warm while you make the gravy or sauce.
8. Spoon the stuffing out of the chicken into a serving bowl or onto a plate. Carve the chicken and serve.
I am cooking this for tea tonight, so will update what we think later, but it looks yummy. I just need to decide what to serve it with.
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