Bling up your next roast with this fabulous ‘spray-tanned’ roast chicken!  

Roast chicken is an all time favourite.  It’s the definitive crowd pleaser and will never go out of fashion.  ‘Bling’ up your next roast with this fabulous turmeric and curry spray-tanned chicken stuffed with roasted pumpkin and chilli.

Here’s how:

1 family sized chicken, or use a few spatchocks instead

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 tablespoon curry powder or ras el hanout

50ml olive oil

5 ml flake salt to season

Sage, bacon and sweet potato stuffing

2 cups sweet potato cooked

1 onion finely chopped

100 g bacon, speck or chorizo

1 teaspoon fresh or dried sage

2 tablespoons feta or cream cheese or parmesan

Combine together and season to taste, you can add a cup of breadcrumbs!

Method:

Prepare the filling by first heating and greasing a frying pan until nice and hot (as I like to say “swear word” hot) so that when you add the bacon it sizzles.  Shake the pan but do not stir too soon.  Allow the bacon to brown and then add the  garlic, onion and sage.  Reduce the heat and allow the onion to soften before adding the pumpkin mash.  Season to taste and allow to cool.

Cut the chicken down the back bone and then open up to make a chicken flattie.  Once laying flat, loosen the skin from the neck side of the bird, loosening it from the flesh all the way down the breasts and down towards the thighs and drumstick as well, creating an envelope for the stuffing.  Place spoonful’s of the filling onto the breast and then work it down over onto the drumstick.  Keep filling the ‘envelope’ up until the skin is full all the way down the the drumsticks, thigh and over the breast.  Reshape the bird.

Make a ‘bronzer’ paste with the oil, turmeric and curry powder and then brush all over the bird giving your bird some fabulous colour and personality.

Roast hot and fast in an oven of 200c for about 20-30 minutes until the juices run clear.

Serve this gorgeous super-model of a bird with a lovely fresh salad, roast vegetables or anything you like!

What do you think of this idea!  Would you like more recipes to bling up a simple roast?

Happy cooking and make sure you put some personality on your plate and bling up every meal!

Here’s a different stuffing for next time!

Chilli and Pumpkin stuffing

1 onion finely chopped

1 teaspoon finely chopped chilli

1 teaspoon finely chopped sage

1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic

2 cups roasted/cooked pumpkin (or use butternut or sweet potato)

1 cup bacon bits/speck/chorizo finely chopped

 

Mel Townsend

The Vanilla Zulu