The garlic spice mixture slipped under the chicken skin infuses the bird with flavour. A splash of sherry vinegar crisps the skin and adds an elusive tang to the sauce. We recommend air-chilled chickens.
- Portion size 8 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: November 2004
Garlic Paste: On cutting board and using chef's knife, mince garlic; sprinkle with salt. With flat side of knife, mash to form paste; place in bowl. Add vinegar, mustard, paprika, thyme and pepper; stir to combine. Set aside.
Starting at neck end of each chicken and working with hands between skin and breast, gently lift skin from breast, being careful not to tear. Lift skin away from thighs and legs. Using fingers, spread half of the garlic mixture over breast beneath skin of each chicken, working forward to legs. Tie legs together; tuck wings under back. Place on rack in large roasting pan. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Roast in 400°F (200°C) oven for 45 minutes. Pour vinegar over chickens. Roast until juices run clear when thigh is pierced and meat thermometer inserted in thigh registers 185°F (85°C), about 45 minutes. Transfer to cutting board and tent with foil; let stand for 10 minutes before carving or cutting into 4 or 8 pieces.
Skim fat from pan juices. Whisk flour into juices; cook over medium-high heat, whisking, for 1 minute. Whisk in chicken stock; reduce heat and simmer, whisking, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Strain into warmed gravy boat; serve with chicken.
Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about
- Sodium 661 mg
- Protein 35 g
- Calories 313.0
- Total fat 16 g
- Cholesterol 126 mg
- Saturated fat 4 g
- Total carbohydrate 6 g
- Iron 16.0
- Folate 9.0
- Calcium 3.0
- Vitamin A 8.0
- Vitamin C 2.0