gordon ramsay's guide to the ultimate roast chicken

Gordon Ramsay’s Guide to the Ultimate Roast Chicken

Crafting the quintessential roast chicken is a ritual in my kitchen that beckons warmth and friendliness at the dining table. I vividly recall the comforting aromas wafting through my home late Sunday afternoon, creating an inviting backdrop as friends and family gathered, anticipating the feast to come. This ritual began with Gordon Ramsay’s guide to the perfect roast chicken, a recipe I’ve held close after my first triumph, which turned my once formidable kitchen foe into a cherished ally.

Following Ramsay’s articulate advice, I gently pushed a blend of butter and freshly chopped tarragon under the skin of the chicken. This simple act promised succulence and deep flavor in every bite. The oven’s steady hum accompanied the chop and sizzle of meal prep while the clock hands inched towards the moment of culinary reveal. What would emerge, I knew, was more than just a dish; it was the fruition of method and detail, forming a golden, crisp exterior encasing the tender, herb-infused flesh of a well-roasted bird.

This satisfying venture has turned a recipe into a timeless narrative in my culinary collection, a testament to how precision and passion can uplift a simple meal to an experience that resonates well beyond the final morsel, echoing Gordon Ramsay’s prowess and the inherent joy of home cooking.

Roast Chicken Chickpea Stuffing Recipe

Roast Chicken Chickpea Stuffing Recipe

Gordon Ramsay’s roasted chicken is universal, its golden skin a testament to the cook’s craft. When paired with a robust chickpea stuffing, a bird speaks of comfort and flavor, promising a feast that transcends the sum of its parts.

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  • For the Roast Chicken
  • 4 lbs large free-range corn-fed chicken, giblets removed

  • Small bunch of tarragon leaves roughly chopped

  • 7 oz butter at room temperature

  • 3 heads garlic, halved horizontally

  • Olive oil for drizzling

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • For the Stuffing
  • 14 oz tin cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 2 red chilies, sliced

  • 1 lemon, zested

  • 3 thyme sprigs, leaves only

  • Olive oil

  • For the Salad
  • 1 butter lettuce, washed

  • 1 lollo rosso lettuce, washed

  • 100 g baby spinach

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, stoned, and chopped

  • For the Dressing
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

  • 1 tbsp runny honey

  • 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  • Roast Chicken
  • Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to a suitable temperature for roasting chicken (around 180°C/350°F).
  • Prepare Chicken: Rub the chicken with the chopped tarragon and softened butter. Season well with salt and pepper.
  • Add Garlic: Place the halved garlic heads in the chicken’s cavity or around it in the roasting tin.
  • Drizzle with Oil: Drizzle olive oil over the chicken.
  • Roast: Place the chicken in the oven and roast according to its weight (usually about 20 minutes per 500g, plus an additional 20 minutes).
  • Chickpea Stuffing
  • Mix Ingredients: In a bowl, mix the chickpeas, sliced red chilies, lemon zest, and thyme leaves. Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Stuff Chicken: You can either stuff this mixture into the chicken before roasting or cook it separately in a baking dish.
  • Salad
  • Combine Lettuces: Tear the butter lettuce and lollo rosso into bite-sized pieces and mix with the baby spinach in a large bowl.
  • Add Avocado: Add the chopped avocado to the salad greens.
  • Dressing
  • Mix Dressing: Whisk the balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, runny honey, and extra virgin olive oil until well combined.
  • Dress Salad: Just before serving, toss the salad with the dressing.
  • To Serve
  • Serve the roast chicken with the chickpea stuffing alongside the big green salad.

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What ingredients are used in roast chicken stuffing?

Roast chicken stuffing is typically made with a combination of bread, onions, celery, herbs (such as sage, thyme, and parsley), butter, chicken broth, and sometimes additional ingredients like dried fruits, nuts, or sausage for added flavor and texture.

Why do you stuff a roast chicken?

I stuff a roast chicken to enhance its flavor and moisten it during cooking. The stuffing adds delicious aromatics and helps to distribute heat evenly, resulting in a juicy and flavorful chicken.

What not to do when roasting a chicken?

When roasting a chicken, there are a few things I would advise against. First, do not overcook the chicken, as it can become dry and tough. Also, avoid using too much salt or seasoning, as it can overpower the natural flavor. Finally, make sure not to overcrowd the pan, as this can prevent proper browning and crispiness.

Why put a lemon in a roast chicken?

I put a lemon in a roast chicken to add a bright and tangy flavor to the meat. The acidity of the lemon helps to tenderize the chicken and infuse it with a refreshing citrus taste.

Summing Up

Mastering Gordon Ramsay’s roast chicken recipe wasn’t just another kitchen adventure; it felt like a rite of passage. After following each step, from carefully seasoning the fowl to eagerly anticipating it roasted to a perfect golden brown, I stood in my kitchen beaming with pride. Cutting into the crispy skin to reveal the juicy meat beneath, I knew I had achieved something special.

Each succulent bite was a testament to the idea that great cooking isn’t confined to TV chefs and fancy restaurants.; It starts at home with good ingredients, clear instructions, and a dash of courage. These meals, filled with flavor and love, create our most cherished memories around the table, reminding us that the heart of culinary artistry beats strongest where friends and family gather.

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Last Updated on February 5, 2024 by John Siracusa


  • John Siracusa

    Hi, I'm John. I've worked in the Food Service industry for over 25 years, working in my family's business. Cooking for me has always been an art infused with traditions. My career was inspired by Hell's Kitchen, the West Side of Manhattan, which has one of New York City's best independent restaurant communities. I also admire Gordon Ramsay's no-nonsense approach to always being your best.

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