- cut into 8 pieces 1 whole chicken
- 1 tsp Lemon zest
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp black pepper powder, freshly cracked
- 1 tsp Red chili flakes
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp rosemary
- 1 1/2 tsp oregano
- 2 tbsp finely minced fresh parsley
- Salt to taste
- 4 tbsp Oil
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed to a paste
- 1/2 tsp paprika powder
- 2tbsp thick yoghurt
- Ingredients for the Sauce :
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 tbsp Butter
- 1/4 tsp garlic paste
- 2 tsp Lemon zest
- 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
- 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
- salt and pepper to taste
“This is a simple, quick and delicious dish.This fresh, zesty and aromatic roast chicken, served with the most ideal flavorful sauce, is perfect for weeknight dinners. It goes beautifully with any number of sides, from mashed potatoes, to pasta or rice or even sauteed veggies.
Mix all the above ingredients in a small bowl. Dry each chicken piece well by blotting with paper towels. Then apply the marinade generously on each piece. Put them in a dish, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours but preferably overnight.
Remove the chicken from the fridge at least half an hour before you plan on cooking. When ready to cook, take a pan and drizzle a little bit of oil. Add the chicken pieces in one layer without crowding the pan (you can do this in 2 batches) and cook on both sides over high heat to seal the chicken and give it a brown coating. At this point we are not trying to cook the chicken through, just giving it a good sear, so about 2-3 minutes per side.
Once done searing the chicken pieces, place them in an oven-proof dish and set aside. In the meantime preheat the oven at 200 C
Prepare the sauce.:
Pour the sauce around the chicken pieces. Put the baking dish into the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, remove and baste the chicken with the juices. Put the dish back into the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken pieces from the sauce onto a plate and keep them covered. Return the sauce into the pan place it on the stove over medium heat and add the crumbled butter and flour mixture that we set aside earlier. Stir/Whisk it in until well combined and the sauce is slightly thickened, rich and creamy. Return the chicken pieces back into the sauce and cover to keep warm until time to serve.
Serve the herbed chicken with its zesty sauce and a side of mashed potatoes, rice, pasta or any accompaniment of your choice.