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Ginger Pig have just plumped up their poultry counter with a collection of gorgeous looking birds.
I nabbed a couple of pullets (100 day old chooks) for an 8 person dinner party and they were deliciously tender. Roast these young'ns at a lower heat and for a little bit longer than you would the older gals. They will be pulled from the oven juicy and succulent and, once rested, will produce a fine feast for fine friends.
with Orange, Radish and Chicory Salad
2 x 0.9kg pullets
1 orange, halved
1 onion, peeled and halved
1 large garlic clove
1 generous bunch thyme
1/4 tsp flaked sea salt
for the salad dressing
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
3 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
for the salad
9 heads pink chicory, quartered
16 breakfast radishes, stalked and halved
handful of dates, chopped (optional)
2 juicy oranges, peeled and sliced
Preheat the oven to 160C.
Place the chickens on a large roasting tray. Squeeze the orange halves into the tray and put a half into the cavity of each bird. Place the onion with the juice in the tray.
Mix the butter with the garlic and thyme, and season well. Using your fingers, loosen the skin from the breast of each chicken. Spread this mixture between the flesh and skin of the breast, pushing right to the back of the bird.
When the oven has reached the correct temperature, slide in the tray with the chickens. Let these cook slowly for 2 and a quarter hours or until the juice runs clear. Baste them with the tray juice half way through cooking. The skin will turn nicely golden and the meat will be tender. Pour the juice from the tray into saucepan with the onion. Loosely cover the birds with foil and leave to rest for 30 minutes before serving.
Heat up the saucepan with the meat juices and add a glug of white wine. Simmer down, spooning off some of the fat.
Meanwhile, whisk the dressing together in the bottom of a large bowl. Assemble the salad, making layers of the chicory, the radishes and the dates (if using). Toss the salad just before serving and layer with the sliced oranges.
Serve the chicken warm with a light drizzle of gravy and a large helping of the orange salad.