Roaster Yorkshire Chicken and a Le Creuset Giveaway!

December 7, 2010


Doesn’t Yorkshire pudding just scream happy holidays to you? Just the name of it, even. I actually never had Yorkshire pudding growing up, but I am quite familiar with its relative, popovers. And the only time my family enjoyed popovers was on Christmas. So, when I was trying to decide how to use my brand new Le Creuset Tri-Ply Roasting Pan (sent to me by the lovely Colleen at Le Creuset’s PR company. Swooon!) and I am across a recipe for Roaster Yorkshire Chicken, I was intrigued. And decided to give it a go. For the holidays. For Le Creuset. And for my tummy. The important things in life.

Whether or not you’re interested in ridiculously delicious chicken (in pudding, for goodness sake!), make sure you check out the end of this post for an incredibly AWESOME Le Creuset giveaway, featuring a brand new french oven in your choice of color. The only thing that screams holiday cheer more loudly than Yorkshire pudding is a Le Creuset french oven gifted to you. Happy holidays!!

Roaster Yorkshire Chicken:

For the chicken:

• 1/2 C flour
• 1 t salt
• 1/4 t pepper
• 2 t fresh parsley, chopped
• 1 whole chicken (about 4-4.5 pounds)
• 1/8 C olive oil

For the pudding:

• 3 eggs
• 1 1/2 C milk
• 1 T fresh parsley, chopped
• 1 C flour
• 1 t baking powder
• 1 t salt   


First things first, here’s the beautiful Tri-Ply Stainless Steel roaster pan Le Creuset sent me. This is absolutely perfect for me and I definitely screamed out loud when I opened the package. Yup, it felt like Christmas morning! For some crazy reason, I don’t already own a roaster (despite my intensive Butterball U training!). Now, not only can I roast my own turkey, but my own chicken, too. And that is precisely what I did.


Seriously. I love anything Le Cresuet, but this roaster pan is the perfect addition to my kitchen collection. Isn’t it purty?


And now for a confession: I’ve never roasted a whole chicken before. It’s one of the first things my dad taught me, but for some reason, I just never set out to do it myself. I’ve just always gone the easier chicken breast route. But now that I’ve done this, I realize that it’s SO easy. Almost easier than chicken breasts. Especially when you have a pan like this.


Even with the Yorkshire pudding part of this dish, it was insanely easy. I couldn’t believe it. And now I might just have to roast a chicken every week (and the leftovers… Oh, the leftovers!).

First, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.

And add the flour, salt, pepper, and parsley to a big plastic bag. Put the chicken in the bag (after rinsing it) and toss to coat it with the flour mixture.


Take the chicken out of the bag (is that like taking the cat out of the bag?!) and put it breast-side up in your roaster pan. Only I put mine breast-side down. because I clearly wasn’t thinking about what I learned at Butterball U. But that’s OK, the world didn’t end. Carry on then. (really, you can do it either way and some people actually say chicken is juicier when cooked breast side down. And some disagree. It’s just easier to carve it if it’s breast-side up. Like I said, carry on).


Drizzle the olive oil over the top of the chicken (the recipe called for 1/4 C, but that seemed like a lot, so I cut it down to 1/8 and that worked perfectly. You could probably cut the oil all out together, but this chicken was extra juicy…. plus, a little olive oil is a good thing!)

The recipe called for the pan to be covered, but since my Le Creuset roaster didn’t have a cover, I proceeded to participate in a little tenting action. I just folded a piece of aluminum foil and put it over the top of the chicken.


And then you’ll want to stick the chicken in the oven for about an hour.

In the meantime, you can get going on on the Yorkshire pudding part of the dish (but first sit on the couch and have a glass of wine because you have a bit of time before you need the pudding batter). Whisk together the eggs, milk, and 1 T parsley, in a medium bowl until blended. Than add the 1 C flour, baking powder, and salt, and whisk until smooth batter has formed.


When the chicken has roasted for an hour, take it out of the oven and place it on a baking sheet. Pour the batter over the top, letting the excess run to the bottom of the pan.


Put the chicken back in the oven and bake until the pudding is puffed and golden brown; about 20 to 30 minutes. Make sure the thickest part of the thigh registers at 180 degrees.

Boom: Perfect!


Check out that Yorkshire pudding!


Side note: Yorkshire pudding is not, in fact, like figgy pudding. But I’ve never had figgy pudding either and now I’m feeling the need to make some (I do love figs!). Mostly so I can have my dinner guests sit around the table and sing “now, bring us a figgy pudding and bring it right now!” Is that so wrong?


After I managed to carve the chicken (um, it wasn’t a pretty scene. I need a knife skills/carving class ASAP), I served it with some of the Yorkshire pudding and some green beans.


Perfect meal!! I was actually quite proud of my first roasted chicken. It was seriously tender and delicious. The pudding was indeed super similar to a popover and was a wonderful side dish to the chicken. I will definitely be making this again. It might even be my favorite new winter warmer dish.


Also, have I mentioned how the aroma of roasting chicken makes your home feel like the most comfortable place on Earth? Especially on a cold Sunday evening. Especially when there is Yorkshire pudding involved.

On second thought, I might roast a little chicken every night of the week. Too much? OK.


Also, thanks to Le Creuset again, Chels and I had the opportunity to attend Harvard’s Science and Cooking Lecture Series with Chef David Chang of Momofuku fame.


He gave an awesome presentation about how culinary errors are catalysts for innovation. He showed us how he makes his 45-minute ramen soup, pork bushi, and dried mushrooms.


I thought David Chang was an amazing speaker; so incredibly modest about all his successes. And while he totally knew what he was talking about, he didn’t come from a science background, which made me feel more confident about becoming more “sciency” in all things culinary some day, too. I know! Just saying “sciency” makes me sound like I belong at Harvard, right?


I would have also liked the recipe for his crack pie… But I don’t think he wanted to give it out. (Thats OK, I found some impostor recipes. Bu-ha-ha-ha!)

Le Cresuet Giveaway!

Thank you for being so patient. Now, onto even better things (than a roasted chicken with Yorkshire pudding? Well, yes!) Do you love Le Creuset as much as we do?? Well, this could be your lucky day! Just in times for the holidays, we’re teaming up with Le Creuset to give away one of their 4 1/2 Quart Round French Ovens, in the color of your choice! Is there any more perfect holiday gift??


All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me: Have you ever had Yorkshire pudding? How about figgy pudding?

For extra entries, you can tweet about this giveaway (we’re @wearenotmartha, if you’re not following us!) or blog about it on your own blog. Just make sure you leave new comments to get each extra entry.

We’ll be picking a winner at random on Sunday night (Dec. 12) at 11:59 p.m., so make sure you enter before then! But I’m telling you, if you do make a mean figgy pudding, I might just make you come over “and bring me a figgy pudding!” That’s all 🙂

Good luck!! And while I think Le Creuset is the best holiday gift ever, you can always check out my gift guide for the perfect gifts for food lovers for more ideas!


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298 Responses to "Roaster Yorkshire Chicken and a Le Creuset Giveaway!"

  1. kay says:

    i’ve never had either, but this post makes me think i’d like it. one thing i HAVE had is mincemeat pie, which my dad insists on making every christmas.. not a fan.

  2. Heather D says:

    I’ve never had either…

  3. Caitlin says:

    I’ve never commented on your blog before, but my friend and I read it ALL the time–love the recipes, love the blog!
    I’ve never heard of Yorkshire pudding, let alone try it–but you have totally motivated me to try making some on my own! It actually looks more like a pastry puff, not pudding–is that what it is?
    Enjoy the holidays–happy cooking!

  4. Stef says:

    I had Yorkshire pudding once- it was served at a friend’s wedding this summer and it was devine. I will definitely try this recipe! (and I hope I win the LeCreuset!)

  5. Raine says:

    I made a classic dinner of roast beef and yorkshire pudding for New Years dinner a few years back. It was very very good. I liked the idea of pouring it over the chicken…that is cool.

  6. mk says:

    Hi –
    Love your blog. I’ve never had either – and was surprised at what your pictures looked like – looked delicious and not what I expected.

  7. Kat says:

    I haven’t had either, but now I’m inspired.

  8. Amy says:

    I’ve never had either, but would definitely attempt making it should I win!

  9. Amanda says:

    I’ve never had Yorkshire pudding but that looks delicious and makes me not excited for the turkey sandwhich I’m about to eat. I’ll definitely be trying this recipe!

  10. Sandra says:

    I’ve never had either!

  11. Kelley says:

    I have never had either before… however, the pictures look incredibly tempting and delicious!

    Quite frankly, EVERY thing looks good and tasty lately! Tis the season!

  12. kathy says:

    I have not had either but I’m fig crazy, especially fresh figs (roasted or grilled with anything!). I had an absolutely awesome fig martini at L’Andana in Burlington-I’m trying to get the recipe out of them. BTW-the chicken looks great!

  13. DJ says:

    I’ve never had them… but I’m intrigued!

  14. Malorie says:

    also tweeted it @cheshiresmile

  15. Katie says:

    never had either kind of pudding, but the roaster yorkshire chicken looks marvelous, perfect for the holiday season!

  16. Amanda L says:

    I’ve never had either, but I’ve had sticky toffee pudding. Now THAT is amazing!

  17. BethTN says:

    I’ve had both Yorkshire pudding and figgy pudding. I lived in England for a bit after college and spent some time in the Yorkshire dales. The best Yorkshire pudding I ever had was in a tiny town at a random pub that we stopped at one night after a day of sight-seeing. It is the best! I am excited to try this chicken version!

  18. Rachel says:

    I lived in England for four months and definitely tried Yorkshire pudding. Yum! As far as puddings go, sticky toffee is still my favorite British dessert. 🙂

  19. Andrea Jo says:

    I’ve never had either, but the Yorkshire pudding looks delicious! And it looks like I could possibly have the skills to make it myself in my tiny apartment kitchen..

  20. Sarah663 says:

    I’ve never had either….but I would love a French Oven. You make me want to roast a chicken soon!

  21. Lauren says:

    I haven’t had either, but would love to try making and eating them!

  22. Johanna says:

    Yorkshire pudding YUMO orginally from Boston…sooo tummy

    sultansmom at gmail dot com

  23. SarahLynt says:

    I’ve never had either, but I’d be willing to try both. 🙂

  24. Jeb says:

    I *have* had figgy pudding, and as a big fig fan, I enjoyed it.

  25. Andrea Watts says:

    I haven’t tried either one.

  26. deva says:

    Oh I am so excited! I have had figgy pudding! Last Christmas, my BFF (who is English) invited us over for dinner. Her mum brought…figgy pudding! Very raisiny. Distinctively Brit. A dish best trotted out but once a year 😉

  27. Kristin says:

    I’ve never had either….. Perhaps I’ll try the recipe. Love the blog!!!

  28. Savi says:

    I’ve never had either one

  29. Kristin says:

    I’ve never tried either kind of pudding and, in fact, learned what Yorkshire Pudding was thanks to your post. 🙂
    Please make some Figgy Pudding – is that even real? – if it is real I’d like to see a recipe. Figs are dee-lish!

  30. Lauren says:

    I’ve never had either, but I could make them if I won this giveaway!

  31. emily says:

    Looks like your roasted chicken turned out perfectly! Harvard’s cooking series sounds awesome, mostly because I am a science nerd.

    I have tried yorkshire pudding, but I can’t say I’ve ever had figgy pudding…

  32. Kelly says:

    Love Le Creuset! I recently got my first piece and have decided I need to have more! I have had Yorkshire Pudding, and made by an Englishman at that.! I have NEVER had figgy pudding and now need to go see exactly what it’s made of.

  33. Valerie says:

    I never had yorkshire pudding growing up either! I first tried it when I was studying abroad in England, though and FELL IN LOVE. As for figgy pudding…I still don’t even know what it is!

  34. SAB says:

    I have made yorkshire pudding and it was AMAZING! So much so that the dinner party I made them for asked for me to bake more! It was wonderful comfort carbo bliss!

  35. beth says:

    I have never had yorkshire pudding or figgy pudding either but I’ve always wanted to try them. If I win the Le Creuset french oven I will make you some figgy pudding AND bring it to you immediately! Seriously…. Christmas dinner…. it’s a done deal! Um, by the way…. 229 comments?!?!?!

  36. Sharon says:

    Yorkshire pudding is delicious but Popovers are a great substitute and just as yummy. I’ve never had the opportunity to try Figgy Pudding but here are the ingredients…It sounds wonderful!!
    1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
    2 eggs
    1 cup molasses
    2 cups dried figs (about 1 pound), stems removed, chopped fine
    1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
    1 cup buttermilk
    1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
    2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  37. Sherri says:

    LOVE Le Crueset, my first was handed down and is my greatest treasure. Is already spoken for by the next generation. What a marvelous recipe will try immediately. Love yorkshire pudding and a must have every Xmas. This will give us an excuse to now have every week as we usually have with the Xmas roast. Figgy pudding will have to try from all the suggestions.

  38. Mia says:

    i have never had either…and they sound scary.

  39. Raquel says:

    i have never had either, but i would try both

  40. Jean says:

    WOW! That chickens looks sooo good. I usually make my chicken in the crockpot during the day while at work. I have wanting to try to roast one on my own. I may have to try this recipe.

    I have never even seen either pudding….but after your pictures I think I may have to try it. It just looks so soft and fluffy.

  41. Maggie says:

    I have had yorkshire pudding before. My grandmother used to make it on Sunday as part of the big Sunday supper. It is so delicious but I have not had it in years. I have not had figgy pudding.

  42. Megan says:

    I’ve never had either but judging by your pictures, I think I need to try it ASAP!

  43. Natalie says:

    I had a Yorkshire pudding once, several years ago. It was great for sopping up gravy! Never had a figgy pudding, though.

  44. Val says:

    I’ve never had either, but I’d try it.

  45. I have never had yorkshire or figgy pudding! I must be missing something…

  46. Diane says:

    no, have never had Yorkshire Pudding. On one of my must do lists!

  47. What an awesome giveaway! I’ve never had figgy pudding, but as a Brit, I’d lose my red passport if I went a holiday season without eating Yorkshire pudding!

  48. Bridget says:

    BEST giveaway ever!! I also really need to make yorkshire pudding!
    I would love to win this, I’ve been obsessed with their new Ocean color since it came out!!

  49. Lindsay says:

    Every year at christmas we have figgy pudding, yorkshire pudding, and basically every pudding known to man kind. There are times that I would love to make figgy pudding during the non holiday times of the year!! 🙂

  50. i *love* yorkshire pudding, and grew up eating it. i’ve never had figgy pudding, though!

  51. Sharlene says:

    I’ve never had Yorkshire pudding OR figgy pudding. I feel so left out!

    PS. LOVE David Chang!

  52. Emily says:

    never had either, but would love to try them!!

  53. susitravl says:

    I had Yorkshire Pudding in England years ago. Never had figgy pudding but I would make some if I won this, and I’d invite you over! 🙂

  54. Kayla says:

    Just blogged about it, too! Check it out at ! I know I’m long-winded, but I promise I talk about it! =)

  55. Barb in BA says:

    I’ve never had either.

  56. Janell says:

    I’ve never had either! But this recipe looks pretty good and I’ve been looking for something different to fix for Christmas this year, I may have to try it.

  57. Anne says:

    As far as I know, I’ve never had either. I’ll stick to my apple pie 😉

  58. Staci A says:

    I’ve never had either, but the recipe definitely sounds interesting!

  59. Laura says:

    My family has Yorkshire Pudding every year for Christmas dinner – with roast beef!

  60. Jess says:

    I’ve never had either, but this yorkshire pudding looks delish! Right now football (and beer and wings and nachos) consume my Sundays but I think the first Sunday after football is over, this will be my Sunday dinner!

  61. Beccy says:

    I’ve never had either, but I would love to try either or both. Thanks!

  62. lauren says:

    i’ve never had either!

  63. I’m officially putting my hat in the ring. I don’t have one and I’d love one in whatever color they’d like to give me. Typically I’d say flame but the cobalt and cherry and the Caribbean…all so pretty!

  64. Katie says:

    I’ve never had either but they both sound yumtastic!!! I love your blog!! I wish you were my best friends!


  65. Sarah says:

    I’ve never had either, but I would certainly be for trying them! This looks amazing!!!

  66. EmilyJ says:

    I’ve never had either but maybe someday!

  67. Jenn says:

    I’ve never had Yorkshire or figgy pudding – they make me nervous! I’m weird about textures (can’t eat cottage cheese) so I never know what to expect…

  68. Anthony says:

    I have not had either but I’ll make both if I win something to cook them in!

  69. I’ve never had either…

  70. LeeYong says:

    Never had either… Awesome giveaway!!!

  71. Margie says:

    I’ve never had either, but I’d totally make them.

  72. I have never had yorkshire or figgy pudding. That recipe is very cool looking though!

  73. I tweeted it! OH i want to win so badly!

  74. Kerstin says:

    Awesome giveaway, I’ve never had either! I saw the crack pie recipe direct from his pastry chef in a magazine recently – maybe Bon Appetit? Gorgeous roasted chicken too – looks perfect!

  75. Megan says:

    I have had Yorkshire pudding and while I don’t indulge often, occasionally make it. Figgy pudding is yet to be adventured.

  76. Brandi says:

    I’ve never had either Yorkshire or figgy pudding! How funny 🙂

  77. Kelly says:

    Nope. I’ve never had yorkshire or figgie pudding. That looks like a gorgeous roaster. I’m getting a le creuset one for xmas, but mine is the cast iron enamel. It’s so pretty, I cannot wait to unwrap it.

  78. Bailey says:

    I’ve never had either, just chocolate pudding for me…

  79. MoodyFoody says:

    Never had it but would love to try it.

  80. I’ve never had Yorkshire Chicken or Figgy Pudding but I sure will try it if I win the Le Creuset. 🙂

  81. I have never had Yorkshire pudding or figgy pudding. That needs to change though 😉
    Awesome giveaway!!

  82. Carolyn says:

    I’ve never had either though I’m sure I would like them. I’m a fan of most things pudding!

  83. Ann says:

    My mom’s family is originally English, and Yorkshire pudding is something her mom used to make all the time! It totally reminds me of visiting my grandmother. She usually made it with roast beef. Yum!!

    (And that Le Creuset dutch oven is also pretty yummy… glad I saw this before midnight!!)

  84. Malorie says:

    I made this tonight and it was so yummy! My husband and I loved it. Thanks for the great recipe!

  85. Kerry says:

    I’ve never had either, but Yorkshire pudding looks pretty tasty after seeing this post.

  86. thepricklypinecone says:

    I have had yorkshire puddings before but never figgy pudding!

  87. Stuart Emmons says:

    Wow looks great! might try it!

  88. Wow looks great! might try it!

  89. Michelle says:

    I’ve never had figgy pudding, but I have fond memories of my mom’s yorkshire pudding. I’d love to try to whip some up in a le creuset — I’ve been longing for one!

  90. Pamela Jakoplic says:

    I’ve never had figgy pudding but think I might have had Yorkshire pudding one time at a college event. I don’t know how traditional the dish was since it had to be make in such large quantities for the event but I am planning on trying to make it myself either during Thanksgiving break or Christmas break. I love the Le Creuset cookware but only have a couple of pieces that I’ve picked up on sale (teacher’s budget doesn’t allow for a lot of extras).

  91. Khanh says:

    I’ve never had either, but I would love to try them one day!!! You’re not offering, are you?! =p

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