Sunday, January 27, 2013

Traditional Dowton Roasted Chicken

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                                  TraditionalDowton Roasted Chicken



1 mediumchicken, approx. 2.5 -3 lbs
2 onions,roughly chopped
3carrots, roughly chopped
3 sticksof celery
1 tablesp. olive oil
Freshlyground black
Let'sfire up Mrs.Patmores oven:
To Cookthe Chicken:

Set theoven at 400°F

Place thechicken and vegetables in a roasting style Dutch oven. Drizzle with the oliveoil and season well with the pepper. Place in the centre of the preheated oven.After the first ten minutes turn the heat down to Gas Mark 4, 180ºC (350ºF). Roast the chicken forapprox. 1 hour 20, it should be at least 175 degrees. Halfway through cooking,spoon the juices over the chicken and add a couple of tablespoons of water tothe roasting tin to stop the vegetables from burning. To check if the chickenis cooked pierce the thickest part of the leg - the juices should run clear.

Whencooked remove the chicken from the oven, transfer to a carving board and coverloosely with foil. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Deliciousserved with roast potatoes  in theoven at the same time as the chicken.

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