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Cock-a-Leekie Tray Roast

Cock-a-Leekie Tray Roast

A delicious Cock-a-Leekie Tray Roast recipe taken from the Dairy Diary 2022.





Cock-a-Leekie Tray Roast

Ingredients

Baby new potatoes 500g (1lb 2oz), halved if large

Carrot 1, peeled and cut into thick slices

Celery 2 stalks, roughly chopped

Bay leaves 2

Fresh thyme good handful of sprigs

Chicken thighs 8, trimmed of excess skin and fat

Olive oil 2 tbsp

Smoked bacon lardons 110g (4oz)

Butter 25g (1oz)

Leeks 2, trimmed and cut into thick slices

Stoned prunes 12

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 170°C/150°fan/Gas 3. Put potatoes and carrot in a large pan, just cover with water and bring to the boil for 5 minutes. Drain well, reserving cooking water. Tip vegetables into a large roasting tin, then add celery and herbs. Put chicken on top. Pour in 500ml (18fl oz) cooking water. Drizzle with oil, season well and roast for 40 minutes.

2

Cook lardons in a frying pan until browned but not too crispy. Spoon out onto a plate. Add butter and leeks to pan. Cover and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally for about 8 minutes until tender.

3

After 40 minutes, add leeks to roasting tin along with bacon and prunes. Turn heat up to 190°C/170°fan/Gas 5. Cook for 20 minutes until chicken is tender and juices run clear.

4

Spoon chicken and vegetables onto warmed plates. Pour cooking juices into a pan and reduce over a high heat. Serve in a jug alongside.

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