Roast Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary couscous stuffing

Give your traditional roast chicken an update with this delicious couscous stuffing.

Difficulty

Medium

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cooking Time

60 - 90 minutes

Serves

4-6

Ingredients

  • SPAR chicken spice
  • 45 ml SPAR olive oil for rubbing
  • 1 x whole SPAR chicken approximately 1.7 kg

For the stuffing

  • 10 ml SPAR olive oil
  • 1 SPAR Freshline onion, finely chopped
  • 1 SPAR Freshline bunch spring onions finely cut
  • 150g SPAR Freshline button mushrooms
  • 3 ml ground turmeric powder
  • 15 ml freshly chopped rosemary
  • 5 ml crushed garlic
  • Juice from one SPAR Freshline lemon
  • 250 ml prepared couscous
  • 1 SPAR oven roasting bag

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C .
  2. Rub olive oil and spice all over the chicken even under the skin if possible.
  3. Set chicken aside.
  4. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil and fry onion until translucent.  Add the spring onions, mushrooms, turmeric, rosemary and garlic and sauté for another few minutes.  Drizzle with lemon juice and add the cooked couscous.  Mix through and set aside to cool.
  5. Stuff the cavity of the chicken with stuffing.  Tie the drumsticks together, and place in a SPAR oven roasting bag and roast for 1 – 1, 5 hours or until cooked through.
  6. Serve with grilled vegetables and salad.

Hints & Tips

To check if the chicken is ready, place a knife between the drumstick and the breast.  If it is not pink and the juices are clear then it is ready.