Unusual Roast Chicken

I developed this recipe in a quest to use spices I don’t use often enough asafoetida (also called hing) and work with a new spice I was given by a friend returning from Cyprus, lemon salt.

The paprika in the recipe adds a slight kick to the chicken and my family really enjoyed this twist on a roast chicken.

The flavour is subtle you could always add lemon juice if you like a little more zing, before or after cooking.

I usually roast my chicken on a low temperature 140-150 degrees Celsius breast side down on a rack. The juices from the backbone trickle down and keep the breast meat moist.

This time I was in a hurry and I roasted the chicken on its backbone, in a 230 degree Celsius oven for 2/3 of the time for the weight of the chicken.

The chicken was moist and my family were very happy with the new chicken spice recipe.

Unusual Roast Chicken
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An easy spice rub for a tasty Middle Eastern roast chicken or add to pieces of chicken.
Recipe type: Mains
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: To spice 1 chicken
  • 1 whole chicken or 6 pieces of chicken
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1 teaspoon lemon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon asafoetida (sometimes called hing)
  • +-5 tablespoons olive oil (enough to coat your chicken)
  • 3 bay leaves
  1. If you are cooking the chicken without marinating turn your oven onto 230 degrees Celsius.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together except the bay leaves.
  3. If you are making a whole chicken:
  4. Spread the spices under and on top of the skin of the chicken and pop the bay leaves into the chicken's cavity.
  5. For the chicken pieces:
  6. Rub the spice mix onto each chicken piece and place the pieces into a roasting tray and on top of the bay leaves.
  7. Allow the chicken or chicken pieces to marinade for as long as you have, ideally overnight.
  8. Roast the chicken for ⅔ of the cooking time stated on the packet as you are cooking the chicken at a very high temperature.
  9. Enjoy with a delicious salad.
If you don't have asafoetida use onion powder.
If you don't have lemon salt you the zest of one lemon and a teaspoon of salt.
This recipe will still taste delicious if you don't have a chance to marinade and have to place the chicken straight into the oven. logo