French Roast Chicken with Tapenade

Time 130 min
Difficulty Easy
Serves 6


Tegel Fresh Whole Chicken


  • 2 Tegel Manuka Smoked Chicken Rashers - Original 200g chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup pitted black olives, finely chopped
  • 1 anchovy fillet, chopped (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbsp capers, drained and chopped
  • Black pepper to taste


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

2. Place the basil leaves and lemon wedges inside the cavity of the Tegel Fresh Whole Chicken. Place the chicken into a roasting dish.

3. Spread the butter on top of the breast. Place 1/2  cup chicken stock in the dish. Roast the chicken for 1 hour and 50 minutes or until the juices run clear when pierced through the thickest part of the thigh. Baste occasionally and add extra chicken stock as necessary. Stand for 5 minutes before carving.


4.Heat a dash of olive oil in a frying pan. Add the Tegel Manuka Smoked Chicken Rashers - Original 200g and cook until it is crisp and golden. Add the onion, red pepper, garlic and thyme and continue to cook over medium heat for a further 2 to 3 minutes. Add the black olives, chopped anchovy fillet (if used), parsley and capers and cook for a further 3 minutes. Season with black pepper.

5. Serve the chicken with the tapenade, roast vegetables and seasonal green vegetables.

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