This Thyme Roasted Chicken, Roasties & Leeks is bursting full of luxury flavours and make the perfect dinner night option, from HelloFresh. Cook up a fresh start!
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Chicken Stock Powder(ContainsCelery)
Water for Gravy
Preheat you oven to 200°C. Remove the string from the chicken and transfer to a baking tray and drizzle with oil. IMPORTANT: Wash your hands after handling raw meat. Season with salt, pepper and half the thyme, roast in the middle of the oven for 60/75 mins depending on size. Add the garlic cloves to the tray and roast until soft, 15-20 mins . IMPORTANT: The chicken is cooked when the juices from the thigh run clear. Meanwhile, pour a good glug of oil onto another baking tray and pop into your oven. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil on high heat with 1/2 tsp of salt.
Peel and chop the potatoes into 3cm chunks. Add the potatoes to the water and cook for 7-8 mins or until the edges have softened when you poke them with a knife. Meanwhile, halve the cabbage, cut out and discard the tough core, then finely slice. Trim the root and the dark green leafy part from the leek. Slice into rounds 1cm thick. Grate the cheddar cheese.
Once the potatoes are ready, drain in a colander. Pop back into the pan then sprinkle on the remaining dried thyme and half the flour. Give your pan a shake to fluff up the potato. Take your hot baking tray out of your oven, carefully transfer your potatoes onto it in a single layer, turning in the oil. Season with salt. Roast the potatoes on the top shelf of your oven until golden, 45-50 mins, turn halfway through. Heat a splash of oil in a saucepan over medium heat and add the cabbage.
Cook the cabbage until it starts to soften, 3-4 mins, stirring frequently then add the apple juice, star anise, a pinch of sugar and a season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat and simmer until the cabbage mixture is soft, glossy and the apple juice has evaporated, 20-25 mins. Remove the garlic cloves from the oven and allow to cool. Meanwhile, wash the potato pan and return to medium heat with a drizzle of oil. When hot, add the leeks, season with salt and pepper, stir well, add a splash of water. Cook until softened, 5-6 mins.
Once the leeks are softened, stir in the creme fraiche and half the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a small ovenproof dish and sprinkle on the remaining cheese. Bake in your oven until golden and bubbling, 20 mins. Squeeze the baked garlic from their skins. Wash the leek pan then reheat over medium high heat and and a drizzle of oil and garlic. Allow to melt, then stir in the remaining flour. You've made a roux! Cook until the roux is a medium brown colour. Use your spoon to squish the garlic into the roux.
Gradually, stir the water (see ingredients for amount) and chicken stock powder into the roux. Bring to the boil, stirring out any lumps that may form. Lower the heat and simmer until the gravy has thickened to your liking, 15-20 mins. Once the chicken is cooked, rest it wrapped in foil for 10 mins and reheat anything that has cooled. Once ready, add any chicken resting juices to the gravy. TIP: Be careful when adding the chicken juices to the gravy, the more you add the thinner the gravy will be. Remove the star anise from the cabbage. Share the veggies and spuds between your plates. Carve your chicken. Arrange alongside. Pour over the gravy and dig in!