Spice Rubbed Roast Chicken Recipe | Abel & Cole
Spice Rubbed Roast Chicken
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Total: 1 hr 30 mins
This week’s organic chicken is roasted in a coating of smoky, aromatic and warming spices, blended together with a hot dollop of wholegrain mustard. Served with a cool side of tangy soured cream.
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702 kcal
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Ingredients you'll need
  • 1.7kg avg. whole chicken
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • ¼ nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 200g soured cream
From your kitchen
  • Sea salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
You'll need
  • Roasting tin
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Heat your oven to 190°C/Fan 170°C/Gas 5. Take the chicken out of the fridge, unwrap it and remove the giblets (see our tip for using them to make a gravy to go with your roast bird). Pop the chicken in a roasting tin to come to room temperature for 30 mins-1 hr.

  • 2.

    Meanwhile, add 4 cardamom pods to a pestle and mortar and roughly crush them to open the pods up. Shake the seeds back into the mortar and discard the pods. Add 1 tsp black peppercorns to the mortar and grind together as finely as you can. No pestle and mortar? Use a small bowl and a jam jar or the end of a rolling pin to crush the spices.

  • 3.

    Stir 1 tsp each smoked paprika and cinnamon with a pinch of cayenne pepper (it’s spicy, so use as much or as little as you prefer) and a pinch of salt. Grate in ¼ of the nutmeg. Stir in 1 tbsp each wholegrain mustard and olive oil.

  • 4.

    Rub the spice paste all over the chicken. You can tie the legs together with kitchen string to keep them neat, or leave them as they are. Loosely cover the chicken with foil, scrunching it onto the sides of the tin to seal. Slide the tin into the oven and roast the chicken for 1 hr. Then remove the foil and roast for another 20 mins to crisp up the skin.

  • 5.

    Take the chicken out of the oven and check if it’s done by inserting a skewer into the thick part of a thigh. If the juices run clear, it’s ready. If not, slide back into the oven for another 5-15 mins.

  • 6.

    When the chicken is cooked, take it out of the oven and rest it on a warm plate or board, loosely covered with foil, for 20 mins before carving. Serve with the soured cream on the side.

  • Tip

    Great Gravy
    While your chicken roastis, pop the giblets in a pan with 1 carrot, 1 onion and 1 celery stick, all roughly chopped. Add a bay leaf, a few peppercorns and 600ml water, cover and bring to the boil. Once it's boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for at least 45 mins - this makes a great stock you can use to make gravy. Strain the stock, discarding the giblets and veg. Once the chicken is resting on a board, place the tin on the hob on a low heat and add 1 tbsp butter. Once it's melted, stir in 2 tbsp flour and cook for 2 mins. Slowly whisk in the stock till it's smoothly combined. Simmer for 5-10 mins, taste and season, then serve with your roast chicken.

  • Tip

    On the side
    Turn this spicy roast chicken into a proper feast with sweet potato chips, a crisp leaf salad and a tangy slaw on the side.