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Roast chickens with lemon and herbs recipe

Roast chickens with lemon and herbs recipe. The roast chicken recipe sets out to please even the fussiest of eaters. Cook two at one time so you have some for lunch tomorrow.

10m prep
1h 15m cook
8 servings

17 Ingredients

* 2 tsp ground coriander

* 2 tsp fennel seeds, crushed

* 1 tsp ground paprika

* 1 tsp smoked paprika

* 1/2 tsp ground cumin

* 2 Whole Chickens (about 1.7kg each)

* 10 garlic cloves, unpeeled

* 2 brown onions, sliced

* 3 carrots, peeled, quartered

* 2 lemons, halved

* 1/2 bunch oregano sprigs

* 1/2 bunch sage sprigs

* 1/2 bunch rosemary sprigs

* 1/2 bunch thyme sprigs

* 1 garlic bulb, halved

* 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided

* Thyme sprigs, extra, to serve

4 Method / Steps

Step 1

Preheat oven to 220°C (200°C fan-forced). In a small bowl, combine the coriander, fennel seeds, combined paprika and cumin. Season the chicken cavities with some of spice mixture and salt. Place garlic cloves in cavities with some of the onion, carrots, lemon halves, oregano, sage, rosemary and thyme. Tie the legs together with kitchen string.

Step 2

In the centre of a heavy-rimmed baking tray, place the garlic bulb and the remaining onions, carrots, lemon, oregano, sage, rosemary and thyme. Season chickens all over with remaining spice mixture, salt and pepper. Drizzle the oil all over the chickens. Arrange the chickens over the vegetables in the tray.

Step 3

Roast chickens for 1 1/4 hours or until cooked through and juices run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced (chicken should register 75°C on an instant-read meat thermometer).

Step 4

Set chickens aside for 15 mins to rest. Cut into pieces. Serve with extra thyme.

source – cooking365coza

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