SW recipe: Fennel-infused chicken with roasties

Serves 4 Ready in about 2 hours


300ml chicken stock

Zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lemon

2 fennel bulbs, quartered

5 garlic cloves, peeled

small pack fresh thyme

1.5kg whole chicken (without giblets)

Low-calorie cooking spray

4 tbsp finely chopped fresh herbs (such as tarragon, parsley and thyme)

400g pack carrot batons

400g runner beans, trimmed and sliced

300ml chicken stock mixed with 2 level tsp cornflour

For the roasties:

800g floury potatoes, such as Desiree or King Edward, peeled and halved

4 banana shallots, peeled and quartered lengthways

5 garlic cloves, peeled

2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary


1 Preheat your oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6. Put the stock and lemon juice in a large, deep casserole dish and bring to the boil. Add the fennel, garlic and thyme, then the chicken. Spray with low-calorie cooking spray. scatter over 3 tbsp chopped herbs and season. Cook, uncovered, for 1-1/2 hours, or until the chicken is golden and the juices run clear.

2 As soon as the chicken goes into the oven, make a start on the potatoes. Boil for 5.6 minutes, drain, then return to the saucepan and shake to roughen the edges. Spray a non-stick roasting tin with low-calorie cooking spray. Add the potatoes in a single layer and spray with low-calorie cooking spray.

3 Roast the potatoes for 30 minutes above the chicken, then turn them and add the shallots, garlic and rosemary to the tin. Spray with a little more low-calorie cooking spray and bake for a further 30 minutes.

4 Remove the chicken from the oven, cover with foil and leave to rest. Discard the fennel mixture. Increase the oven to 220°C/fan 200°C/gas 7 and cook the potatoes for 5-10 minutes more until crisp and golden.

5 Boil the carrots and runner beans until tender, then drain. Put the stock and cornflour in a saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring to make a gravy. Discard the chicken skin and slice the meat. Divide the chicken, veg and gravy between 4 plates and serve scattered with the remaining herbs and freshly ground black pepper.
Syns per serving: 1/2


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