Recipe Tip: Stuffed Roast Chicken with Carrots and Parsnips
Top Recipe for 4 Persons. All ingredients and tips for getting it right. Gerhard Fuchs has been cooking at the restaurant Die Weinbank in Austria's southern Styria region since 2014. Fuchs cooks regional, seasonal and creative food with lots of flavour. Here he cooks a supreme dish for poultry lovers.
- 100 gbutter
- 2shallots, finely diced
- 1 pinch(es)freshly grated nutmeg
- 200 gbrioche or white bread, crust removed, cut into 0.5cm cubes
- 3 tablespoonwhipping cream
- 2eggs, beaten
- 1 handfulseasonal herbs (such as parsley, thyme, chives), chopped
- 1medium chicken
- 1onion, quartered
- 6garlic cloves
- 1apple, quartered
- 1 teaspoon(s)coriander seeds
- 1 sprig(s)tarragon
- 50 gbutter
- 150 gcarrots, parsnips and parsley roots, peeled and cut into pieces
- 200 mlchicken stock
Step 1For the stuffing, melt the butter in a pan, add the shallots and gently cook until translucent. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg, then set aside to cool.
Step 2Put the brioche cubes in a bowl, pour over the cream, add the eggs and herbs, mix well and set aside for 1 hour covered with cling film to let the flavours meld.
Step 3Carefully pull the skin away from the breasts of the chicken and press the stuffing over the flesh, beneath the skin, being careful not to tear the skin. Secure the opening with a toothpick on both sides. Season all over with salt and pepper.
Step 4Fill the cavity of the chicken with the onion, garlic, apple, coriander and tarragon. Close the opening with a toothpick or a skewer.
Step 5Preheat the oven to 160°C.
Step 6Melt the butter in a roasting tin and place the chicken in it breast-side up. Cover the breast with buttered baking paper. Scatter in the garlic cloves and transfer the tin to the oven and cook, basting occasionally with the butter and juices from the tin.
Step 7After about 30 minutes, add the shallots and vegetables to the tin. Roast for a further hour or so, until the juices run clear when the you pierce the thickest part of the thigh with a skewer.
Step 8Remove the butter paper from the breast shortly before the end of the cooking time. Remove the chicken from the roasting tin to a plate and keep warm.
Step 9To make the sauce, add the chicken stock to the roasting tin with the vegetables. Transfer to the hob and simmer until the sauce has reduced to your liking. Pour any juices from the chicken as it rests or during carving through a sieve and add to the sauce.
Step 10Carve the chicken and serve with the vegetables and sauce.