This artisan chicken roaster has been handmade by a master potter specialising in traditional Hungarian pottery. It makes for an easier and more sophisticated version of the popular beer can chicken. The additional lid guarantees that the chicken is going to be succulent, and is recommended for larger traditional ovens where there is an increased risk of it drying out.
The roaster is designed for the preparation of one roasted chicken with accompaniments such as roasted potatoes, however it can be used to cook a variety of meats or vegetable dishes by simply omitting the removable centre piece.
Chicken in the Hungarian countryside has been routinely cooked in ceramic pots placed in the oven, with the flesh remaining juicy and tender, while the skin becoming golden brown and crispy.
This delightful looking roaster is also perfect as a gift for your foodie friends, who are sure to appreciate the combination of Hungarian folk art and a versatile cooking tool.
Take a cleaned whole chicken and rub in salt and spices into its skin and internal cavity.
Fill the removable centre piece with some beer or cider of your choice, or alternatively make a fragrant mixture out of water and wine vinegar.
Place the chicken perched atop the centre piece, and put the chicken roaster with the lid on into a cold over, before turning up the heat to around 200 Celsius.
Cook for around 90 minutes, and once the chicken has started to exude juices into the roaster, place any sides such as potatoes or vegetables underneath it. Baste the chicken with the remaining beer, cider or vinegar mixture.
Cook for another 30-45 minutes without the lid, until the chicken is golden brown on the outside and the vegetables are fully cooked.