Lemon chicken with croutons

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time90 mins
  • Serves3
  • DifficultyMedium
1 (1 to 2kg) roasting chicken
1 large yellow onion, sliced
Good olive oil
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 lemons, quartered
30g unsalted butter, melted
400g bread (1 baguette or round boule), diced into 2cm cubes
1) Preheat the oven to 220C/Gas mark 7. Take the giblets out of the chicken and wash it inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers.

2) Toss the onion with a little olive oil in a small roasting tin. Place the chicken on top and sprinkle the inside of the cavity with salt and pepper. Place the lemons inside the chicken.

3) Pat the outside of the chicken dry with kitchen roll, brush it with the melted butter, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken.

4) Roast for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh. Cover with foil and allow to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. (The onions may burn, but the flavour is good.)

5) Meanwhile, heat a large saute pan with 2 tbsp of olive oil until very hot. Lower the heat to medium-low and saute the bread cubes, tossing frequently, until nicely browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add more olive oil, as needed, and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.

6) Place the croutons on a serving platter. Slice the chicken and place it, plus all the pan juices, over the croutons. Sprinkle with salt and serve warm.

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