Chef Atul’s Spiced Sunday Roast Chicken

Chef Atul’s Spiced Sunday Roast Chicken

Spiced Sunday roast chicken with carrots and bread sauce

A spiced butter and cream cheese rub makes this Sunday roast chicken irresistible.

Ingredients

For the spice mix

  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 star anise
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • 2.5cm/1in cinnamon stick
  • 3–4 cloves
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • salt, to taste

For the chicken

  • 200 g cream cheese
  • 200 g soft butter
  • 150 g brioche breadcrumbs
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 1 small bunch of tarragon
  • 1 x 1.5–2kg free-range chicken
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 50 g butter, melted
  • 100 ml white wine
  • 350 ml chicken stock

For the carrots

  • 300 g baby carrots
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ tsp coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 orange, juice and zest

For the bread sauce

  • 1 medium onion, peeled
  • 5–6 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 peppercorns
  • 500 ml full-fat milk
  • 100 g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 50 g butter
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper