Sunday, February 13, 2011

Jamie’s Whole-roasted Chicken with Homemade Barbecue Sauce

The star of this recipe is the barbecue sauce that Jamie quickly puts together. I just copied him using some of my own measurements. Just the sauce is so awesome that it got my taste buds going as it filled my hands and the home with the most fantastic smells.

IMG_1274 IMG_1280 IMG_1282 IMG_1281 The idea of using fresh, gutsy, woody herbs and spices and aromatic ingredients are a great olfactory turn on for me.

Ingredients for Jamie’s Whole-roasted Chicken with Homemade Barbecue Sauce are:

1 whole chicken, skin on, without giblets (about 1.5 kg)

IMG_1285 With a pair of kitchen shears, remove the backbone of the chicken and “open (the bird) down like a book”. Score the chicken on its legs, thighs and breasts.

For the dry spice mix:
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
10-12 black peppercorns
4-5 cloves
2 teaspoons salt

In a mortal and pestle, bash all the dry spices till coarse and keep. IMG_1286
For the sauce:
3-4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
4-5 sprigs of fresh thyme
4-5 fresh bay
1 pod of garlic
2-3 red chilies
Half cup Balsamic vinegar (I did not have it at home and used regular vinegar)
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
Juice of one orange
Zest of one orange
Three-fourth cup tomato ketchup (Jamie used organic)
2 tablespoons canola oil

On a chopping board, put together the rosemary, thyme, garlic cloves, red chilies and orange zest. Chop everything in together and into each other!

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In a baking dish, toss in the chopped fresh herbs, etc., the dry ground spices, fresh bay, tomato ketchup, vinegar, orange juice, and smoked paprika.
Mix all the ingredients well. Lay the chicken on the sauce and massage the sauce into the chicken. Make sure you cover all the nooks and corners. Jamie does not marinade the chicken, I however kept my bird in the barbecue sauce for an hour. If you have more time, I suggest marinating for 5-6 hours.

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Preheat oven to 375°F. Start with the chicken face down in the baking sheet. Drizzle a little oil on the chicken and toss it in the oven for one hour 30 minutes. Turn the chicken once mid-way of cooking.

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Its not possible for us to do an outdoor barbecue in this weather. But on a clear, summer day, I am going to do what Jamie did! Barbecue the bird on an outdoor grill with this heavenly sauce.
IMG_1305 IMG_1308 IMG_1314This chicken is one of the most “simple, honest and bloody good” things I have eaten in a long, long time.

P.S. If you have not seen this TED talk by Jamie, please do.


Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Pree

Roast ta dekhte darun hoyeche. BBQ sauce recipe pode akta bhalo preparation shiklam. Pics are wonderful. Bhalo theko.

Hamaree Rasoi

aipi said...

Looks like you had a great feast! I have seen quite a few roasted chicken on the web recently, this is one of the best out there..!

US Masala

Shilpi Bose said...

Looks absolutely yum, by the way I was given an award by Reshmi of Easy Cook, according to the rules I am supposed to share it with 15 bloggers, most of you have already won awards so I thought I will go off the beaten track, so while sharing the award with you I have drawn attention to some of your posts. I have given links to these posts, if you like you may collect the awards.All the best.

Priya said...

Omg, that roasted chicken is truly amazing, loving it..

Anonymous said...

the roast looks yummy!! will try it asap only son is allergic to oranges... any ideas on what i can use as a substitute or would it really make a difference if i don't use any?

shooting star said...

your love is so apparent in making of the dish and fortunately, i will be able to make the sauce and i think i can try this with paneer, making a paneer tandoori!!

PreeOccupied said...

@All, thank you!

@Anonymous, if you son is allergic to oranges, leave it out. Do you think you can add some lemon juice and its zest? I am not sure since oranges don't go well with him, lemons could also be a problem.

sulagna ™ said...

pree jeeb laplapaing !!

sorry oneeekk din dhore gayab hoye gechilaam...ohh bad bad cold n fever..

v day te ki korli bol..tor silver earing dekhe khub jealous holaam :)

Cham said...

The outcome of the roasted chicken with sauce make me drool, perfect!

purplehomes said...

Awesome!! Must try this tonight. I had been thinking what to make and you just made my life easier.

Sulagna said...

AWESOMENESS at the highest !!

purplehomes said...

i tried it!! yummy yummy yummy...used dried herbs...half the quantity..still licking the leftover sauce.

Geeta said...

We are having glorious days of 70s this week. That's a nice recipe for an outdoor bbq.

Anu Santanu said...

Looks so YUM and colorful..Nice click !!

Arch said...

Your pictures are fabulous Pree and the chicken looks soooooo good !

Anonymous said...

I hope you are alright. No post for so long...:-(

Swati Sapna said...

Hi Pree! Glad to have stumbled across your lovely blog :) Great pics and recipes! I'm a huge Jamie Oliver fan and absolutely love the way he uses fresh produce in all his dishes. This sauce looks fabulous...I haven't mustered up the courage yet to roast a whole chicken! Sometime soon hopefully ;)

Rahul said...

Hi Pree!

I'm a new addition to your fiesty club and thankful that you inspired to done my cheffing hat.

It was too tiresome to get to the kitchen and make myself a lunch or dinner after busy schedules. But, recently inspired to cook for my guests. I make sure that the colors and the palette look same as you've photographed.

My friends praised me and I said a silent but heartfelt 'thank you' to you.

SGD said...

Great recipe!
Made this roast chicken a couple of sundays back and just posted in my blog with a linkback to your post (
Thanks a ton!