Sagey Roast Chicken

Posted By Kerri


We’re growing some herbs in our little garden and the sage plant is threatening to strangle the poor parsley and thyme bush so we decided we ought to use some up. After the excesses of last week (particularly eating the cuisine of two different countries in one day), we were both in the mood for something simple and fairly plain. It’s Sunday and it’s raining (again) which really only left us with one option: roast chicken. We’ve not had this for a while so were both excited, particularly as we decided to try a new chicken, a Duchy Original organic chicken since we’ve been rather disappointed with the Sainsbury’s “Taste the Difference” offerings lately.

The chicken turned out well; liberally seasoned with sea-salt and pepper, loosely stuffed with garlic, lemon and sage with more sagey butter stuffed under the skin. The aromatics leant a herby note without taking over the flavour of the chicken itself.

What didn’t turn out so well was the accompanying roast potatoes, I’m not sure if this was our fault for choosing the wrong variety or whether potatoes just aren’t any good at the moment (we’ve had a lot of disappointing ones recently) but they were incredibly sweet and didn’t crisp up at all. The sagey breadcrumb stuffing wasn’t a bad replacement though and the leeks and curly kale helped to soak up the delicious gravy (this chicken came with the giblets inside which we roasted in the chicken dish with some carrots, celery and onion to give us a tasty base for the gravy).

May 17th, 2009

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  1. goodshoeday said,

    you got the giblets – thats unusual – where did you get the duchy chicken from? they do sheepdrove at waitrose but its giblet free

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  2. Stephen said,

    Hi goodshoeday, we just got the Duchy chicken from Sainsbury’s.

  3. Jules said,

    Sounds like a delicious chicken. I’m doing a similar thing tonight to try and cut down on the sage in our garden. I’m impressed you made giblet gravy. The giblets always come with the chickens we get, but I’m too scared of them to use them. I make hubby taken them out and put them straight in the bin.

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  4. Katie said,

    That chicken looks delicious. It’s always disappointing when roast potatoes don’t turn out the way you’d like, because I think they are the star of any roast dinner! I’m with Jules – I don’t use the giblets and in fact, some of the chickens I buy don’t actually come with the giblets!

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  5. Kerri said,

    The giblets made such a difference to the gravy, Jules. Well worth giving it a try if you can.

    Our chickens don’t normally come with the giblets either, Katie, I’m glad this one did though. We’ll definitely buy this brand again.

  6. Jeanne said,

    OMG, I saw this picture on Tastespotting and was instantly drooling! Just look at that perfectly crisped up skin!! I have only just planted my teensy little sage plants that aren’t currently capable of strangling anything, but I look forward to having an abundance by the end of summer 😉

    Jeanne’s last blog post..Mango, red pepper & cilantro salsa

  7. Nate said,

    Since you used garden sage, you should enter this in the “Grow Your Own” roundup.

    That’s some lovely looking chicken. What kind of sea salt did you use?

    Nate’s last blog post..Garlic Cheddar Polenta with Shrimp and Asparagus

  8. Mrs Ergül said,

    Organic chicken?! We will really like to get our hands on one but if it is still just too costly at the moment.

    I hate it when the potatoes don’t crisp up!

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