One Pot Roast Chicken With Lemon
Prep time 20 minutes
Cooking time 5-6 hours.
Serves 4 (if you have any leftovers you can make soup the next day)
1.5kg (3 lb) chicken
2 tablespoons of sunflower or olive oil
1 large onion cut into 6 wedges
500 ml of dry cider
3 teaspoons of mustard (I used Djon)
2 teaspoons of caster sugar
900 ml (1 1/2 pints) of hot chicken stock (I used 2 Knorr stockpots for 1 litre of liquid but then used only 900ml of liquid)
3 carrots cut into chunks
1 large leak (or you can use celery)
1 lemon cut into 6 wedges
handful of tarragon or other herbs (I used rosemary)
honey to taste
3 tablespoons of creme fraiche
1 tablespoon of cornflour
Preheat the slow cooker to high.
Wash chicken with cold water and pat dry with kitchen paper.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
Add some oil to a pan and fry the chicken browning it all over.
Put the chicken breast side down in the slow cooker pot. add the vegetables, lemon wedges and herbs.
Fry the onion wedges in the same oil until lightly browned and add mustard, cider, sugar.
Bring to the boil and pour all over the chicken and vegetables.
Add the hot stock and pour all over.
Make sure the vegetables are covered .
Cover with the lid and cook for 5-6 hours or until the chicken juices run clear when pierced with a sharp knife at the thickest point.
You can turn the chicken after 4 hours if you like.
Lift the chicken out of the stock, drain well and transfer to a serving plate.
Discard the lemon.
Remove the vegetables and add them to the serving plate.
Measure out 600ml (1 pint) of hot cooking stock from the slow cooker into a pan.
Taste and add seasoning and if too sharp some honey to taste.
Add some chopped fresh herbs and whisk in the creme fraiche.
Mix the cornflour with some cold water until it's a smooth paste.
Stir in the cornflour and continue to stir with a wooden spoon until it comes to the boil.
Serve with roast potatoes, peas, and broccoli or any vegetables that take your fancy!
The chicken may not look pretty but it was very tender and tasty. My only criticism is - if you don't like lemon leave it out or only add half.