Christmas in July
Eats lots and lots of food twice a year, well ok! You don’t have to ask me twice. What’s crazy is that I have never celebrated this delicious ‘holiday’ ever before.
Winter in July means ridiculously juicy and plump citrus everywhere and I just love the zesty combination of lemons, oranges and grapefruit with sweet potato and chicken.
Citrus Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes
1 Whole Free-range Chicken
1 lemon, roughly chopped
2 red onions, roughly chopped
4 medium sweet potatoes
¼ cup olive oil
Small handful of thyme
Salt and black pepper
Preheat the oven to 180’c. Roughly chop all your citrus and place into a roasting dish big enough to fit all the ingredients together with the whole chicken. Add the roughly chopped red onion and sweet potato. Place the chicken on top of all the citrus and veg.
Dot knobs of butter on the chicken and around it. Drizzle generously with olive oil, add sprigs of thyme and season with salt and pepper.
Place in the oven and roast for 60 minutes until cooked through. Half way through the cooking time, at 30mins, you can take the chicken out and baste with the pan juices.
Once the chicken is golden and cooked I like to drizzle the veg with a hint of honey to take the bitterness off the citrus peels, or simply eat the flesh out of the citrus and leave the peel if it tastes too bitter for you. Enjoy with a warm cup of spiced citrus gluhwein.