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Found this recipe in a cookbook, and made this for Christmas instead of the usual Roast Turkey. Just for a little oriental touch. Looks good on the table, as good as restaurant made, or better! According to my Christmas guest.
- 1 large chicken, obvious fat removed but with the skin on
- 2 cups ready-sliced dried Chinese mushrooms
- 2 bunches boiled baby bok choy
- 20 shallots, peeled and left whole
- 20 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
- 1⁄2 cup red wine (any sort)
- 2 teaspoons light soya sauce
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Soak the mushroom slices in water till they soften.
- Keep the soaking liquid aside.
- Loosen skin of chicken.
- Rub the marinade under the skin, in the cavity and over the skin.
- Do keep a little bit of marinade aside for the gravy.
- Tuck the sliced mushrooms under the skin of the chicken.
- Heat oven to 200°C (fan assisted).
- Roast chicken in a large roasting tin, loosely covered with foil for 30 minutes.
- Turn heat down to 150°C, add shallots and garlic, and roast uncovered for 20 minutes.
- Pierce with a skewer, if the juice runs clear, the chicken is ready.
- TO MAKE THE GRAVY: Pour out excess oil from the roasting tin, add a cup or so of mushroom water, and leftover marinade to the pan.
- Heat through on top of the stove.
- Taste to adjust seasoning.
- Place the chicken on a pretty plate, and garnish with the baby pak choy.
Great method for roasting chicken. It was SO moist and tender, like butter. The marinade was a bit sweet for my taste but Dh's dinner plate was stacked with chicken bones. He REALLY liked this. When I remarked that I supposed he would give it five stars, he said, "No-20. Is there any more?" We both thought the bok choy was delicious. I braised it with some of the finished gravy and added a few of the roasted shallots and garlic, which I crushed into the braising liquid. I stuffed some of the shallots and garlic cloves inside the chicken but those didn't get done. Only the shallots and garlic cooked outside the chicken were soft and finished. I will definitely use this method again.
You can use leeks as a roasting rack for the chicken. Place the leeks in the bottom of the baking dish with a little stock. Top with the chicken and roast till the meat is tender as directed. Serve the leek-flavoured chicken with the leeks. Nice variation.