We have given the roast chicken a spicy, but simple, makeover with this harissa and garlic sauce. Perfectly crispy skin with a kick of heat – why not change things up for your next Sunday roast and give this Harissa Roasted Chicken a try.
Roast dinners are a Sunday tradition in households across the world. If you are anything like my family growing up, then roast dinners didn’t stray too far from the norm. It was usually a plain roast chicken or beef and then turkey at Christmas of course. Now we have our own little family, we still stick with the roast dinner on a Sunday tradition, but we try to make something a little different.
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A traditional roast chicken doesn’t get much different than with a harissa glaze! Our love of harissa knows no bounds. There is our Harissa Roasted Carrots with Mint and Feta that makes a great side dish, our Harissa Halloumi Sandwich that will liven up any lunchtime, or our Kale and Harissa Flatbread Pizza that would make the perfect addition to any pizza night. If you haven’t tried, or even heard of, harissa before, then you need to head to the supermarket immediately and stock up on some. This North African hot red chilli paste can usually be found in a small jar next to the ready made pastes/lazy chilli garlics or in a tube in the world food aisle.
Cooking a roast chicken can be a bit of a risk, as you can’t see if it is cooked on the inside without hacking in to it and that will spoil your beautifully roasted chicken. But you don’t need to cut into it to see if it is perfectly cooked, you just use a Thermapen to check that it is the perfect temperature.
Using a Thermapen to check that it is the correct temperature, means perfect chicken every time. “With a Thermapen thermometer, you can be sure about the timing of every step and the doneness of every piece of meat you cook. A key part of the Thermapen’s popularity is its simplicity and ease of use. No buttons to use, no switches to press. Just unfold, probe and read the temperature – very accurately and very FAST!”
Since using a Thermapen, we have never had a undercooked piece of chicken. So, if you are cooking a lot of meat this Christmas, then it is a must. It’s not only meat that it can be used for – it can be used to check the temperature of cakes, caramels, tempering chocolate and so much more, so even more essential for Christmas. What we also use it for it to check the temperature of leftovers when we have reheated them, to make sure they are not in the bacterial “danger zone”. We all love leftovers at Christmas, don’t we? A Thermapen is a simple but essential kitchen must have, so head on over and order one! You don’t want to be making your Christmas guests sick, do you?!
Will you be having the traditional roast turkey this Christmas? Or do you fancy something a little bit different? Add some hassleback new potatoes and some roasted carrots to this, and it would make a delicious alternative Christmas dinner. I think we’ll make this on Christmas Eve, and then the leftovers will be good for Boxing Day too.
Speaking of leftovers, there is so much that you can do with the leftovers of this harissa roast chicken. We have shredded it up and added it to soft tacos with some slaw and goats cheese. It also goes well in pasta for a quick weeknight meal, or thrown together with some salad for an easy take-to-work lunch.
Harissa Roasted Chicken
We have given the roast chicken a spicy, but simple makeover. This Harissa Roasted Chicken has perfectly crispy skin with a kick of heat.
- 1 whole chicken (around 1.3kg)
- 2 tbsp harissa
- 2 tbsp runny honey
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Juice of half a lemon
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- A pinch of sea salt and black pepper
In a bowl, mix together the harissa, honey, oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper.
Place the chicken in a baking dish and pour the mixture on to it, rubbing it in well.
Put the chicken in a preheated oven at 200C and cook until the Thermapen registers the chicken at 74C (around an hour and 30 minutes).
4) Serve with some Flatbreads, tzatziki and sprinkle some fresh chopped mint over the chicken.
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