Half Roast Chicken with Pesto Stuffing, Lay The Table

Half Roast Chicken with Pesto Stuffing

If you fancy a change from the traditional roast chicken with a lemon shoved up its jacksie, this recipe is worth a go. The pesto stuffing  is wonderful and fragrant and the Parmesan melts onto the chicken meat, keeping it gloriously moist. 

Half Roast Chicken with Pesto Stuffing, Lay The Table

Serves 2

Half free-range chicken

For the pesto

1 bunch basil leaves
2 garlic cloves, crushed
100g Parmesan cheese
50g pine nuts
125ml olive oil

1. Put the basil, garlic, Parmesan and pine nuts into a food processor and whiz. Drizzle in the olive oil and continue to process to a coarse paste.

2. With a pair of kitchen scissors, cut out the backbone from the chicken. Reserve to make stock. Turn the chicken onto its breasts and flatten with the palm of your hand. Use a very sharp knife to cut the chicken into two halves, along the breast bone. Use one half for this recipe (or all of it, if youre serving 4 people) and the other half for another recipe (my Devilled Roast Chicken, which I havent cooked yet!).

3. Using your hands, make a pocket under the skin of the half chicken, taking care not to tear the skin, then use a spoon to insert dollops of the pesto mixture. Pull the skin over to make sure the pesto is completely sealed inside.

4. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Put the stuffed spatchcock on a roasting tray and sprinkle good quality sea salt over the skin. Roast the chicken in the oven for 45-50 mins, until the skin is crisp. The chicken is done when the juices run clear.

5. Carve the half into quarters. I prefer the leg; my wife prefers the breast thats why were made for each other!

6. Serve with Daupinois potatoes and steamed broccoli and asparagus.


Half Roast Chicken with Pesto Stuffing, Lay The Table



Hi, I am Norbert Lacle former internacional chef and vice president of AB Universal LLC. I have found that cooking calms me down and relaxes me (at least mostly, sometimes it drives me crazy!) And that it even makes me happy and satisfied from time to time.

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