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The absolute juiciest roast chicken ever

Since it’s Sunday tomorrow I thought I’d share something special with you. Today I’m going to share a little known trick for getting the juiciest roast chicken in the world ever. With crispy skin. Don’t say I’m not good to you. The secret is quickly poaching it first.

What you serve with your chicken is down to you. In summer I’ll do a salad, in winter I’ll do roast potatoes and carrots. If you want you can just roast it and then use it for sandwich fillings. Its your chicken, you’re the boss here. So all I’m going to do is tell you how to roast it right. Also, feel free to add other herbs, spices and flavourings if you like.

Yep, we’re going to put it in water. Just trust me, ok? It works. Also, yes, this is upside down, my pan is probably too small but I turned it over a second after I took this photo.


  • Whole chicken, giblets removed
  • 1 lemon
  • salt
  • pepper
  • A few tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced


Before roasting. Admit it, it already looks kind of promising, right?


  • Half fill a big cooking pot with water and bring this to a simmer
  • Place the chicken into the simmering water, breast down. Let it poach here for about ten minutes. Meanwhile heat your oven to 180 C.
  • Remove the chicken and drain well. Pat it dry. Prick the lemon all over and insert into the chicken’s cavity.
  • Rub the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • Scatter the sliced onion and garlic across a roasting tin and place the chicken on top.
  • Roast the chicken in the oven for fifteen minutes, and then turn the oven down to 160 C.
  • After half an hour remove the chicken and brush a little more olive oil over it. Return it to the oven.
  • Repeat the previous step after another half hour.
  • After fifteen more minutes, remove the chicken from the oven. Check with a meat thermometer that the internal temperature is at least 75 C and that the juices run clear. If not, return to the oven and check every ten minutes until this is true.
  • When fully cooked, allow your chicken to rest for ten minutes before carving.
A perfectly roasted chicken with crispy skin and juicy flesh.



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