Chicken Juniper

This is a succulent and aromatic dish. The sweet, sharp flavour of juniper berries gives the chicken a subtle and unusual

flavour. Serve with fluffy mashed potatoes and a crisp green salad.

4 SERVINGS

2 oz. white breadcrumbs

1 ½ oz. oatmeal

1 teaspoon dried basil

2 teaspoon dried sage

2 teaspoon dried thyme 12 juniper berries, crushed with the back of wooden spoon

1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

z teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 egg yolk

1 x 4 lb. chicken 10 fl. oz. dry white wine

3 carrots, scraped and thinly sliced

4 shallots or spring onions

thinly sliced

Preheat the oven to fairly hot 375 °F (Gas Mark 5, 190°C).

In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, oatmeal, basil, sage, thyme, juniper berries, lemon rind, salt and pepper. Add

1 tablespoon of the butter and the egg yolk and mix well. With a spoon, place the stuffing into the breast cavity of the chicken. Fold the flap of skin over the back of the neck and truss or secure with a metal skewer.

Place the chicken in a roasting tin and brush it with the remaining melted butter. Pour in the wine and add the carrot and shallots or spring onions . Cover the bird loosely with aluminium foil and roast in the oven for 1 to 1

½ hours or until the chicken is tender.

Place the chicken on a warm serving dish and pour the juices and vegetables over it. Serve immediately.

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