Prep:  15 min
Cook:  2 hrs 15 min
Serves:  4
Average: 4.7 (40 votes)
Recipe by: Steggles
Simple roast chicken recipe that's perfect for Christmas. This festive roast chicken idea is an easy alternative to turkey at Christmas and the Cherry Sauce tops everything off perfectly.
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Cherry Roast Chicken with Sage Stuffing and Cherry Sauce
  1. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add onion, celery and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, until soft. Add bacon and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Cool slightly. Add breadcrumbs and sage. Season with salt and pepper. Mix to combine the stuffing
  2. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan forced. Fill chicken cavity with stuffing and secure with toothpicks. Tie drumsticks together with kitchen string. Rub 2 tablespoons of the jam over the skin. Place chicken in a large baking dish. Drizzle with oil and cover loosely with foil. Roast in oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Remove foil and brush with remaining jam. Bake for a further 30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through (juices run clear when tested with a skewer). Transfer chicken to a heatproof plate to rest for 5 minutes
  3. While chicken is resting, strain cooking juices into a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add canned cherries and ¼ cup water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes or until reduced slightly
  4. Serve chicken with stuffing and sauce
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