Roast chicken with lemon, thyme + oregano whipped nut butter

Roast chicken with lemon, thyme + oregano whipped nut butter

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Chefs Eat Toasties Too
Makes
4
Photographer
Brendan Homan

This toasted sandwich could be constructed from the left-over chicken from a roast but I actually roast a chicken just for this sandwich. Very naughty – crispy skin, lots of salt and loads of nutty butter. At least it’s on wholemeal bread!

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
8 slices wholemeal sandwich loaf
250g unsalted butter, softened
finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon
4 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
salt flakes
4 cos lettuce leaves
1 whole roast chicken, skin on
freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Combine the butter with the lemon zest, oregano, thyme and salt and mix well with a spoon or spatula. Cover and store in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Place the chilled flavoured butter in a small saucepan over medium–low heat to gently melt it. Continue to cook the butter to ‘noisette’ stage, or until it is a lightly toasted, nutty brown colour. Remove the pan from the heat. Strain the butter through a sieve into a plastic container and store, covered, in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours until set.
  3. Remove the butter from the refrigerator and transfer it to the bowl of a freestanding electric mixer fitted with the whisk. Whip the butter on medium speed until you have a smooth and light consistency.
  4. Preheat a grill to hot. Toast the slices of bread under the grill. Generously spread some of the whipped butter on one side of each slice of toast. Place the lettuce leaves on four of the slices. Add the chicken pieces cut from the bird to each slice – I like half a breast and a bit of leg meat – and season with salt and pepper. Close the sandwich, cut in half and serve immediately.

Pro tip

  • There’s a bit of work in the butter recipe, but give it a go as it whips up a treat. If you make the butter first, you can use the excess to roast the chicken in as well.
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