Warm chicken and chicory salad

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Warm chicken and chicory salad

Serves 4-6
1.6kg whole chicken
1 tbsp butter, at room temperature
200ml sherry vinegar, plus 1 tbsp
200g frozen peas
1 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp caster sugar
50g raisins
15g pack dill, roughly chopped
3 heads chicory, green, red or a mixture
50g mixed salad leaves
100g pine nuts, toasted

1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan. Rub the chicken all over with butter and season well, inside and out. Sit it in a small roasting tin, pour the sherry vinegar around, and cover with foil. Roast for 2 hrs.

2. Meanwhile, get all of the remaining ingredients ready. Boil the peas for 1 min until just tender. Drain well, plunge into cold water to cool quickly, then drain again and set aside.

3. When the chicken has cooked for 2 hrs, remove from oven. Pour the juices into a jug, then increase oven temp to 220C/200C fan Roast for a further 20-30 mins (without foil) until golden.

4. Skim the fat from the juices, then boil until you have about 100ml of juices left. Stir in the extra tbsp vinegar, the olive oil and caster sugar, then tip onto a serving dish with the raisins.

5. Leave the chicken until cool enough to handle (or pop on a pair of clean rubber gloves), then tear the meat in large pieces from the carcass, onto the serving dish. Add the dill, chicory, salad leaves, pine nuts and peas, then toss together with your hands. Serve straightaway with some crusty bread, if you like.