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CAPON & CHICKEN COOKING TIMES

  • STEP 1

    Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Have a shelf ready in the middle of the oven without any shelves above it.

  • STEP 2

    Scatter 1 roughly chopped onion and 2 roughly chopped carrots over the base of a roasting tin that fits the whole 1 ½ kg chicken, but doesn’t swamp it.

  • STEP 3

    Season the cavity of the chicken liberally with salt and pepper, then stuff with 2 lemon halves and a small bunch of thyme, if using.

  • STEP 4

    Sit the chicken on the vegetables, smother the breast and legs all over with 25g softened butter, then season the outside with salt and pepper.

  • STEP 5

    Weigh the chicken and Place in the oven for the calculated time ( Cook for and leave, undisturbed,

    Turn down the oven and cook for a further 

    this will give you a perfectly roasted chicken. To check, pierce the thigh with a skewer and the juices should run clear.

    STEP 6

    Carefully remove the tin from the oven and, using a pair of tongs, lift the chicken to a dish or board to rest for 15-20 mins. As you lift the dish, let any juices from the chicken pour out of the cavity into the roasting tin.

  • STEP 7

    While the chicken is resting, make the gravy. Place the roasting tin over a low flame, then stir in 1 tbsp flour and sizzle until you have a light brown, sandy paste.

  • STEP 8

    Gradually pour in 250ml chicken stock, stirring all the time, until you have a thickened sauce.

  • STEP 9

    Simmer for 2 mins, using a wooden spoon to stir, scraping any sticky bits from the tin.

  • STEP 10

    Strain the gravy into a small saucepan, then simmer and season to taste. When you carve the bird, add any extra juices to the gravy.

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