Whole braised chicken with lemon and olives

Whole braised chicken with lemon and olives

Cooked with ginger, turmeric, cumin and saffron in a bath of stock and olive brine, this chicken by Sofian Msetfi is juicy, tender and infused with subtle flavour
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Season the chicken by rubbing salt all over, then set aside to rest. Heat the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Heat the oil in a very large, wide, deep ovenproof pan over a medium heat and fry the onions, garlic and spices with a pinch of salt for 6-8 mins or until golden brown and soft. Add the stock, turn up the heat and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer.
  2. Step 2

    Squeeze the lemon juice into the pan, then add the spent lemons. Drain the olives, reserving 30ml of the brine from the jar. Add the reserved brine and olives to the pan along with the herbs.
  3. Step 3

    Add the chicken to the pan and cover with a lid or foil. Transfer to the oven and cook for 1 hr. Add the chopped potatoes and roast for a further 45 mins until the potatoes are tender. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 30 mins before serving.