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Roast Chicken for Christmas


Recipe Info

  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 2:15 h
  • Ready In : 2:45 h

A buttery roast chicken is perfect for your Christmas dinner especially when served with a sage and onion stuffing.This is very simple – but don’t be fooled: it works wonderfully with all the traditional trimmings of a Christmas dinner.


  • 1.5kg full chicken
  • 110g butter, softened
  • 1⁄2 bulb garlic, skin on and halved across the bulb
  • Sea salt
  • 100ml dry white wine
  • 200ml chicken or vegetable stock


Step 1

Heat the oven to 200°C

Step 2

Place the chicken breast side up in a deep roasting tin. Rub the softened butter all over the chicken.Tuck the garlic into the cavity. Sprinkle all over with sea salt.

Step 3

Place the roasting tin into the oven and cook for 1 hr 30 minutes.

Step 4

Remove the chicken from the tin and wrap tightly in foil and leave to rest for 15 minutes.

Step 5

Place the roasting tin on a medium heat on the stove and bring the juices up to a simmer. Raise the heat to high and add the white wine. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add the chicken or vegetable stock, stir again and simmer until reduced by one third.

Step 6

Unwrap the chicken and add any juices released by the chicken into the sauce and bring back to the boil. Remove from the heat strain into a warmed sauce boat or jug.

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