Asian-style roast chicken

A traditional roast chicken with delicious stuffing and buttery, tender flesh is a wonderfully economical dinner and a mouth-watering Asian-inspired version never goes out of style. Serve it up with carrots.

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 45 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Asian-style roast chicken
  • 1.6 kilogram whole chicken
  • 2 cup (500ml) chicken stock
  • baby carrots, thickly sliced ginger and lemongrass, to serve
  • 2 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 125 gram soft butter
  • 1/4 gram (60ml) peanut oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 long red chilli, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
  • 3 green onions (green shallots), finely sliced
  • 2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves


Asian-style roast chicken
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 220°C (200°C fan-forced).
  • 2
    Make butter; combine red curry paste and butter in a medium bowl. Spoon onto a sheet of baking paper, roll up to form a log and twist the ends to seal.
  • 3
    Make stuffing; heat peanut oil in a large frying pan over medium heat; cook garlic, chilli, ginger, green onions until fragrant. Stir in rice and coriander leaves. Season to taste.
  • 4
    Remove and discard any fat from cavity of chicken. Pat cavity and skin dry with paper towel. Tuck wings under body.
  • 5
    Run fingers between skin and the breast meat. Spoon half the flavoured butter under skin; push through skin to cover breast and tops of drumsticks and thighs.
  • 6
    Fill cavity with stuffing. Season chicken all over with sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper. Tie legs together with kitchen string. Put your preferred vegetables (we've used red capsicum, zucchini and red onion) into base of a large roasting dish and pour over the chicken stock.
  • 7
    Place chicken, breast-side up, on top of vegetables; cover with remaining butter. Roast for 15 minutes, then reduce oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced); roast for a further 1½ hours until chicken is cooked through, basting occasionally with pan juices.


Not suitable to freeze or microwave.

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