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Recipe 18 ➺ Troy Wheeler

Recipe 18 ➺ Troy Wheeler

The Perfect Roast Chicken

Troy began his butcher apprenticeship in the small New South Wales town of Barham. With five years experience under his butcher’s belt, he moved to Melbourne and began a long, successful jaunt with Peter Bouchier. Next, he landed at Andrew McConnell’s Builders Arms Hotel to train the chefs in practical butchery. 


In 2015, Troy and Andrew opened Meatsmith. Their specialty butcher and wine merchant quickly became a household name for both Melbourne’s home-cooks and chefs alike. Their heritage meats, on-site skilled butchery and curated wine list are all pick of the pack. If anyone can claim the perfect roast chicken, it’s Troy Wheeler. 

Ingredients & Method

INGREDIENTS

120g unsalted butter, at room temperature
A pinch of salt
1.6kg (size 16) chicken, at room temperature
1⁄2 a lemon

Pan-Juice Gravy
Roasting juices from your cooked chicken
1tbs plain flour
20g unsalted butter
125ml water
Salt and pepper


METHOD
To roast the chicken
To identify the chicken’s wishbone, use your finger to feel around under the skin up through the top of the neck cavity at the front of the chicken breasts. When you feel the wishbone, use a small, pointed knife to cut around the outside of it. Once you have cut as much as you can, without piercing the skin, pull the wishbone out.

Preheat the oven to 220°C. Place the chicken in a roasting tray. Rub the chicken all over with the softened butter, being very liberal (though any leftover butter can go into the cavity).
Put the lemon inside the cavity then truss the chicken legs by tying the drumsticks together with twine so they are tight against the body.

Roast the chicken breast-side up for 45 minutes, then turn the oven off and leave the chicken in the oven for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature in the thickest part of the leg is 64°C. Remove the chicken from the tray and rest, covered, for 15 minutes. Reserve the roasting juices for gravy.

To make the pan-juice gravy
Transfer the roasting juices from the tray to a medium saucepan, scraping any caramelised bits from the bottom. Mix the flour and butter in a small bowl. Add the water to the pan juices and bring to a gentle simmer over a medium heat.

Add the flour and butter mixture and whisk until the sauce thickens and there are no lumps, about 2–3 minutes.

If the gravy begins to split, add a splash of water, remove from the heat and continue to whisk. Season to taste.

To serve
To carve the chicken, remove the lemon from the cavity and cut down either side of the breasts; they will come away effortlessly.

Remove the legs and cut in half through the joints (return to a hot oven for a few minutes if they are a touch pink).

Arrange the chicken portions on a serving platter and squeeze the lemon half over to dress. Drizzle over the pan-juice gravy and sprinkle with sea salt.

Wine List

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Stefano Lubiana Riesling 2022
$45.00
Traditional
Stefano Lubiana - Riesling 2022 White Wine
Marco Lubiana Huon & Derwent Chardonnay 2022
$73.00
Progressive
Marco Lubiana - Huon & Derwent Chardonnay 2022 White Wine
Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne Montrachet Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay 2021
$340.00
Traditional
Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey - Chassagne Montrachet Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay 2021 White Wine
Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint Aubin Chardonnay 2021
$210.00
Traditional
Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey - Saint Aubin Chardonnay 2021 White Wine
Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint Aubin 1er cru Marguerite Chardonnay 2021
$270.00
Traditional
Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey - Saint Aubin 1er cru Marguerite Chardonnay 2021 White Wine
Cep by Cep Anjou Blanc Chenin Blanc 2023
$45.00
Progressive
Cep by Cep - Anjou Blanc Chenin Blanc 2023 White Wine
Monte Tondo Mito Soave Garganega 2023
$25.00
Traditional
Monte Tondo - Mito Soave Garganega 2023 White Wine
Garganuda ‘Naked’ Garganega 2021
$35.00
Progressive
Garganuda - ‘Naked’ Garganega 2021 White Wine
Robert Weil Rheingau Trocken Riesling 2022
$72.00
Traditional
Robert Weil - Rheingau Trocken Riesling 2022 White Wine
La Violetta Das Sakrileg 2023
$45.00
Progressive
La Violetta - Das Sakrileg 2023 White Wine
La Violetta Little Sak Riesling 2023
$35.00
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Nick Spencer Pinot Gris 2024
$32.00 $27.00
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Stoney Rise Chardonnay 2023
$40.00
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Stoney Rise - Chardonnay 2023 White Wine
Stoney Rise Grüner Veltliner 2023
$40.00
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Stoney Rise - Grüner Veltliner 2023 White Wine
Italian Plastic Cloudy Chenin Blanc 2024
$25.00
Progressive
Italian Plastic - Cloudy Chenin Blanc 2024 White Wine
Future Days White Blend 2023
$28.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Future Days - White Blend 2023 White Wine
Yangarra Blanc White Blend 2022
$32.00 $27.00
Progressive
Yangarra - Blanc White Blend 2022 White Wine
Vietti Roero Arneis 2022
$62.00
Traditional
Vietti - Roero Arneis 2022 White Wine
Sherrah Chenin Blanc 2023
$30.00
Progressive
Sherrah - Chenin Blanc 2023 White Wine
Longview Macclesfield Grüner Veltliner 2023
$30.00
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Longview - Macclesfield Grüner Veltliner 2023 White Wine
Longview Macclesfield Riesling 2022
$30.00
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Longview - Macclesfield Riesling 2022 White Wine
Longview Whippet Sauvignon Blanc 2023
$26.00
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Longview Vista Grigio Grüner White Blend 2022
$26.00
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Alpha Box & Dice Corrugated Castle Chardonnay 2023
$60.00
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Domaine de Belle-Vue La Justice Chardonnay/Savagnin 2022
$130.00
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Domaine de Belle-Vue Muscadet Gaia Melon Blanc 2020
$140.00
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SAEP Scarp Riesling 2021
$40.00
Progressive
SAEP - Scarp Riesling 2021 White Wine
Whip Wines White Blend 2023
$32.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Whip Wines - White Blend 2023 White Wine
Domaine Patrice Colin Pierre a Feu Chenin Blanc 2022
$45.00
Progressive
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Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau Saint-Veran "Prelude" Chardonnay 2022
$75.00
Traditional
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Lauren Langfield Macvale Chardonnay 2023
$44.00
Progressive
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Gullyview Estate Albert's Vermentino 2023
$32.00
Progressive
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Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling 2022
$56.00
Traditional
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Dune Athabasca Chenin Blanc 2022
$30.00
Progressive
Dune - Athabasca Chenin Blanc 2022 White Wine
Spring Seed Pinot Grigio 2023
$23.00
Traditional
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Debussy Rêverie Chardonnay 2022
$24.00
Traditional
Debussy - Rêverie Chardonnay 2022 White Wine
Jauma 1000 Fires Chenin Blanc 2023
$40.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Jauma - 1000 Fires Chenin Blanc 2023 White Wine
Crittenden Estate Geppetto Pinot Gris 2023
$26.00
Traditional
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Poggio Anima Sicilia Grillo 2022
$24.00
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Domaine Rolet Cotes du Jura Savagnin 2015
$89.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Domaine Rolet - Cotes du Jura Savagnin 2015 White Wine
Domaine Didier Grappe Cotes du Jura Blanc “Novelin” Sous Voile Chardonnay 2020
$78.00
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Batard Langelier Muscadet sur Lie “Didascalie” Melon Blanc 2020
$38.00
Progressive
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Cantina Iuli Barat Baratuciat 2020
$68.00
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Cantina Iuli - Barat Baratuciat 2020 White Wine
Domaine Achillée Alsace Riesling 2021
$68.00
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Domaine Achillée - Alsace Riesling 2021 White Wine
Marcel Joubert Beaujolais Blanc Chardonnay 2022
$48.00
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Marcel Joubert - Beaujolais Blanc Chardonnay 2022 White Wine
Sebastien Dampt Petit Chablis Chardonnay 2022
$69.00
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Sebastien Dampt Chablis Chardonnay 2022
$75.00
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Frederick Stevenson Riesling 2023
$33.00
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Domaine de la Quilla Sèvre & Maine Muscadet Melon Blanc 2021
$36.00
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$24.00
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$36.00 $29.00
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