Best-Ever Roast Chicken

Best-Ever Roast Chicken


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About this recipe: Whole chicken is marinated in a spice mix of cloves, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon then roasted. If you want an ultra-moist roast chicken, rotate the chicken by 180 degrees every 15 minutes, during the cooking time.


Serves: 6 

  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (1.8kg) whole chicken
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:1day marinating  ›  Ready in:1day1hr15min 

  1. In a bowl, mix the salt, sugar, cloves, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Rub the chicken with the mixture. Cover chicken and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 260 C / Gas 10.
  3. Stuff the chicken cavity with the garlic. Place the chicken, breast side down, on a rack in a roasting tin.
  4. Roast 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce heat to 230 C / Gas 8 and continue roasting 15 minutes. Baste chicken with pan drippings, reduce heat to 220 C / Gas 7 and continue roasting 30 minutes, to an internal temperature of 85 degrees C. Let stand 20 minutes before serving.

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really nice recipe! something different, flavour gets a little sicky after a while, but over all a really nice different flavour. - 13 Nov 2013

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