Aromatic Saffron Roast Chicken with Rose, Hazelnut, Honey Topping

GF, Hazelnuts, easily made in bulk


Makes 6 portions (or 3 if you each want a whole breast)

3 chicken breasts

2 red onions, coarsely chopped

4 garlic cloves, chopped finely

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp ground ginger

½  tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp cumin

Generous pinch of saffron strands

2 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

½ cup chicken stock

For topping:

¾ cup unskinned hazelnuts

3 tbsp honey

Rose essence

1 basting-full of chicken sauce (once it’s in the oven)

Earlier in the day (or night before), mix the chicken breast with the onions, lemon juice, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, saffron, olive oil, water, salt and pepper in a covered bowl and marinate.

Preheat the oven to 375°F and move the marinated chicken to a deep baking dish and pour the broth over to make sure it does not end up dry. Arrange the chicken and vegetables evenly, and roast for 35 minutes.

While the chicken is roasting, put the unskinned hazelnuts on a baking sheet and in the oven for 10 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid burning. Remove the hazelnut skins by rubbing small bunches in a dish towel, and chop (or use a Cuisinart) to a chunky paste. Transfer them to a bowl, and mix with the honey, two spoonfuls of the chicken cooking liquid, and a ½ tsp of rose oil.

Remove the chicken and add heaping spoonfuls of the sweet hazelnut paste on each breast before roasting for a further 5 to 10  minutes, until the nut paste is golden-brown. Serve once out of the oven, fight for your portion, and enjoy!

Inspired by a chicken roast from Ottolenghi, if you enjoy this recipe I highly recommend the collection of recipes in this book (and their others, found here).

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