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Serves: 6
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour

Another tip for perfect roast chicken is the the brining method. It is done for a few hours the day before (leaving a chicken in salt water), and after a quick dunk in boiling water. It's left to dry overnight in the fridge. Cooking is then done the second day.


  • 3 1/2 lb (1.5kg) chicken
    1 lemon/lime/any small citrus (optional)
    Salt & pepper
    Butter/olive oil


  • Buy the best chicken you can afford

    Preheat oven to 450-460 F. (240 C).
    Pour boiling water over the chicken as it lies in the sink.
    Season well with sea salt and black pepper.
    Cut the citrus fruit in half and place in the chicken cavity.
    Rub butter/olive oil liberally over the skin
    Place in the oven then IMMEDIATELY turn down temperature to 350 F (180 C).
    Roast for one hour, basting once after 30 mins.
    When done, remove from the oven and the bird can go straight to table.
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