Take your chicken out of the fridge the minute you walk in the door after work, it will need 15-30mins to take the chill off & promote even cooking throughout the bird.
Preheat your oven to 200 Celsius. 190 if you have a fan forced oven.
Pat your chook dry with a tea towel (remember to pop the tea towel in the clothes basket thereafter!) This allows the skin to get nice and crispy!
You could blitz your parsley, sage, lemon zest, salt and macadamia oil in a mini food processor.
You could pestle it in a mortar and pestle.
Either way, smash thoroughly to make a thick pesto-esque consistency, and then grab it in your hands and give the ol’ bird a massage.
Then pop the 1/2 lemon, garlic and onion inside the bird and she’s ready for the oven.
Pop the chook in, Breast side down, for 20 minutes, then breast side up for 40 minutes for a bird around 1.2-1.4kg. Grab the juices with a spoon when you turn her over and baste the new side up.
If your chook is a bit bigger than 1.5 kg, add 10 minutes to the cooking time, making it half an hour breast side down, then turn over for a further 40 minutes
The flavour pops on this and gets right through the meat and juices. The skin is too tempting to leave, and rightly so. Did you know the fats in the skin help you digest the proteins? Nature intends things a certain way and I like to obey nature, especially when it’s so delicious! Spoon a little of the pan juices over your dinner for fragrant, herbaceous deliciousness.
What to serve with the chook? How about honey roasted carrot purée and some zucchini, spinach and corn! Those you can rustle up after you’ve popped the bird in the oven, then had a shower, helped the kids with homework and polished off a cheeky glass of red!