Persian Turmeric & Lemon Chicken Recipe | Abel & Cole

Persian Turmeric & Lemon Chicken

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Serves4 people
Persian Turmeric & Lemon Chicken

Perk up this week’s roast by glossing your organic chicken with a turmeric-spiked yogurt marinade.

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  • 1.7kg whole chicken
  • 500g yogurt
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Sea salt

Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 1 hr 30 mins

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1. Unwrap the chicken. Remove the giblets (see our tip on how to use them) and put the chicken in a roasting tin. Set aside.
2. Pour ½ the yogurt into a bowl. Add ½ tsp turmeric powder, the finely grated zest of the lemon, a squeeze of juice from ½ the lemon and a good pinch of salt. Mix together. Put the squeezed lemon half and both bay leaves in the chicken cavity. Spread the turmeric yogurt all over the chicken.
3. Cover the whole roasting tin with foil, making sure it doesn’t touch the chicken, and set aside to let the chicken marinate for at least 30 mins at room temperature, or overnight in the fridge, if possible. If doing the latter, make sure you bring the chicken back to room temperature before cooking.
4. While the chicken marinates, heat your oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Keep the chicken covered and roast for 1 hr. Remove the chicken from the oven.
5. Turn the oven up to 220°C/Fan 200°C/Gas 7. Uncover the chicken. Return it to the oven and roast for a further 30 mins, or till golden brown and the juices run clear when the fattest part of the leg is pierced. Cook a little longer if the juices aren’t clear.
6. Let the chicken rest for a good 30 mins-1 hr, loosely covered with foil, before carving. Mix the remaining yogurt and ½ tsp turmeric together. Serve the chicken with the turmeric yogurt and the remaining lemon half, sliced into wedges, for squeezing.
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my favourite roast chicken recipe


I am fast realising that I love all of Rachel de Thample's recipes on the A & C website. This one is a particularly stunning recipe. So simple and so few ingredients yet with such beautiful and even exotic tasting results. And I have never eaten such a tender and flavoursome roast chicken (all down to the marinade, and the longer the better). Absolutely delicious, try it!