Garden Chicken

M & I were craving for chicken on Wed night. So, we decided to bake a whole chicken. Not wanting to go through the hassle of frying vege, we put the potatoes & asparagus into the oven as well. Easy enough, one tray, all in! :)

1 whole chicken
3 tsp salt
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp five-spice powder
2 tsp dried parsley
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp sugar
3 cloves garlic (crushed and mashed with roughly a tsp of coarse salt)
1 lemon (zest & juice)
4-5 onions (skin peeled)
Olive oil

6 potatoes (cut cube)
Asparagus (skin peeled)

1 tbsp maltose (diluted with 1 tbsp of hot water)

Wash chicken thoroughly and drain in a colander for approx. 10 mins.

Rub chicken with salt, black pepper, rosemary, dried parsley, five-spice poweder, sugar, mashed garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice. Put chicken in a baking tray and add onion at the side. Drizzle generously with olive oil. Marinate for approx. 3-4 hours.

Tips: For marinating, divide ingredients into half for front & back chicken. Work with your hand and massage the ingredients onto chicken for better result.

Pre-boiled potatoes in salt water. Drain in colander for approx. 10 mins. Arrange your time so that when you've finished pre-boiling the potatoes, the chicken is ready for baking. Add potatoes onto the tray and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Drizzle with olive oil. Baked in oven for 80mins under 200°C.

Blanch asparagus in salt water. Drain in colander for approx. 5 mins. When the chicken is done with its 80 mins baking, add the asparagus to the tray and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Grease the surface of asparagus with butter. And grease the surface of chicken with diluted maltose. Baked for another 10mins under 180°C.

Tips: Maltose will give the skin a very crispy texture.

Tea Chats: This is the first time we've baked this chicken and it was yummy~licious. We've given it a name: Garden Chicken because it looks like a garden to us. :). Since this is baking and not grilling, there are sauce in the tray. So, don't bother making any sauce for this. :)

Happy Friday, peeps! Enjoy your weekend! :)

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Congratulations, Enchie! and thank you for your comments love! :)
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