Allium is a family of edible plants which onions, garlic, shallots and leeks belong to. Their earthy pungent sweetness adds flavour, especially when slow roasted until caramelised like in this roast chicken recipe.
This is a classic roast chicken recipe, one I always come back to. It’s a family favourite that everyone loves!
In addition to their taste, alliums are high in antioxidants, and are thought to have anti-bacterial, anti-thrombotic and cancer-protective properties. Banana shallots are larger and longer than normal shallots and are perfect for roasting. If using a larger chicken you will need to cook it for longer, however 40-45 is enough time to cook a size 14 free-range chicken.
- large banana shallots 8
- garlic 4 bulbs
- red onions 4
- free-range whole chicken 1, size 14
- lemon 1, cut in half
- good quality chicken stock (preferably fresh stock) 1 cup (check label if eating gluten-free)
- plum jam 2 teaspoons
- cornflour 1 teaspoon, mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water
- Steamed broccoli or broccolini