Tesco’s Real Food team got in touch with me this week to share some findings from their latest survey, which says that Brits are passionate about food, but lack the confidence to try something new.
According to Tesco’s research of around 2000 UK parents, 74% of people living in London admit that they love their food, but 44% of these admit to being stuck in a rut, sticking to old favourites like spaghetti bolognese and the classic Sunday roast because they’re easy and quick to prepare. Not surprising, right? I must admit, I’m also guilty of this, having recently been restricted by both time and budget when it comes to imaginative and adventurous cooking.
In response to this research, Tesco have launched their ‘Love Every Mouthful’ campaign, highlighting the fresh, seasonal and British ingredients on their shelves in order to encourage everyday Brits to be a little more creative with everyday dinners.
What better way to join the #loveeverymouthful movement than to cook up a lovely roast chook – but with a twist that will take the boring old Sunday dinner to the next level.
Glazed roast chicken
– 6 1/2 tbsp clear honey
– 5 tbsp soy sauce
– small piece ginger, grated
– 6 garlic cloves
– 5 tbsp rice wine
– 1 x 1.4kg whole chicken
– 1kg (2lb) charlotte potatoes, halved
– 2 lemons, thinly sliced
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– 200g (7oz) tenderstem broccoli
Preheat the oven to gas 6 (200 degrees, or fan 180 degrees). Combine the honey, soy, ginger, garlic and rice wine in a pan. Boil for 5 minutes until thick and sticky.
Put the chicken in a shallow baking tin and brush with half the glaze. Roast for 50 minutes, then coat with the remaining glaze and return to the oven for 30 minutes until cooked through and the juices run clear.
In a roasting tin, toss the potatoes with lemon slices, oil, and seasoning. Put in the oven for the last 30 minutes of the cooking time.
Boil the broccoli for three minutes, serve with chicken and potatoes.
I invited my in-laws over (as classic roast dinner fans) to taste test, and the resulting clean plates spoke for themselves.
Tesco have over 7,000 recipes on their website, all of them championing fresh, seasonal ingredients, and sticking to tried-and-true methods for easy, quick dinners. I’ll certainly be using the site for inspiration when I’m feeling lazy!
How do you like your roast chicken? Any hacks or tips to take your chook from ordinary to extraordinary?