Pot-Roast Chicken With Lentils And Spinach Pistou

This stunning chicken pot-roast is packed with wonderful seasonal ingredients. Tender roast chicken, peppery puy lentils and an array of veggies come together in this healthy crowd-pleaser, which is made even more delicious with a dollop of spinach pistou sauce.

1 tbsp olive oil
1 x 1.6kg whole chicken
2 leeks, trimmed and sliced
2 celery sticks, sliced on the diagonal
1 x 230g pack baby parsnips, sliced
450ml (3/4pt) chicken stock
1 x 250g pack ready-to-eat puy lentils
150g (5oz) baby spinach
150g (5oz) freshly-podded peas (or frozen peas, defrosted)

For the pistou
1 garlic clove, chopped
50g (2oz) baby spinach
20g (3/4oz) fresh basil
4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to gas 5, 190°C, fan 170°C. In a casserole or ovenproof pan large enough to hold the chicken comfortably, warm the olive oil on the hob over a medium-high heat. Add the chicken breast-side down and sear, until the skin is golden all over.

Turn the chicken so it is sitting breast-side up, then reduce the heat to medium-low and add the leeks and celery. Cook for 3 minutes, then add the parsnips, stock and 500ml (17fl oz) of water. Bring to the boil, then cover with a tightly fitting lid. Transfer to the oven and cook for 1 hour.

Remove from the oven and stir in the lentils. Put the lid back on and return to the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and skim most of the fat from the surface of the broth; discard. Stir in the spinach and peas, then season to taste. Set aside for 5 minutes.

Transfer the chicken from the casserole to a board, letting the liquid drain away from the cavity. Carve the meat into portions and return to the casserole dish to keep warm.

To make the pistou, put the garlic, spinach, basil, olive oil and 2 tbsp water in a mini food processor. Whizz until finely chopped, then season to taste. (Use immediately, or cover and chill for up to 3 days.)
To serve, portion out the chicken, veg and broth in shallow bowls and top with a dollop of pistou and sides

Recipe courtesy of Tesco 
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