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Gordon's Roast Chicken

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  Olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  Chili powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Chicken 2 Kilogram (1 Large Size)
  Thyme 1 1⁄4 Bunch (125 gm) (1 Large Bunch)
  Rosemary 1 1⁄4 Bunch (125 gm) (1 Large Bunch)
  Lemons 2 , cut into wedges
  Garlic bulb 1 , broken into pieces

Heat the oven to 240C/fan 220C/gas 9.
Mix a good slug of olive oil with the chilli powder and rub the mixture all over the chicken, this will add flavour and a little colour to the skin.
Season well.
Stuff some thyme, rosemary, a couple of lemon wedges and some of the garlic inside the cavity of the chicken, and then pin the skin at the opening together with cocktail sticks or a skewer.
Make sure the skin at the neck end is tucked under.
Put the chicken in a roasting tin and tuck the remaining herbs, lemon and garlic around the edge.
Add a splash of water to stop everything burning.
Roast the chicken for 10 minutes to brown the skin and make it crackle up, then brush on more oil to get rid of any chilli powder on the skin, and add a splash more water Turn the oven down to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and roast for a further 20 minutes per 500g.
15 minutes before the end of cooking, check the chicken is cooked by piercing the thigh and seeing if the juices are clear (if they are pink then keep cooking until they are clear) then turn the oven off but leave the chicken in to rest.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Bit Difficult
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 4179 Calories from Fat 2216

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 247 g379.5%

Saturated Fat 69.5 g347.7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 1340 mg446.7%

Sodium 1373.5 mg57.2%

Total Carbohydrates 71 g23.8%

Dietary Fiber 41.5 g166%

Sugars 0.2 g

Protein 418 g836.7%

Vitamin A 247% Vitamin C 532.3%

Calcium 120.7% Iron 262.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Gordon's Roast Chicken Recipe