Monday, December 15, 2008

Roast Chicken with Spices

I found some spots on my son's body and confirmed today that he has got the Chickpox! Great timing! The worst was the doctor said most likely my daughter would get it from him too since they are always fighting playing together. We would probably know after 2 weeks. Okay. At least, I'm mentally prepared. So, if you don't see my post after this, it would be I'm busy disinfecting the place everyday. PLUS, I'll have a crazy schedule come 2009. My son will be in Primary 1 and my daughter in Nursery. One in the afternoon session and the other in the morning session. *faint* There will be lots of walking for me for sure. I probably won't have much time to sit down in front of my computer. I'll still try my best to post recipes here whenever I can. By the way, 2 years ago this day, I started food blogging here. Yap, the blog is 2 years old today. I was so swah-ku, so clueless about the real world then, having stayed at home for 2 years. My little world only revolves around my family. I started blogging without realizing I was actually doing it. How blur was that! ^_^" Okay, bet you must be scrolling down trying to get where the recipe for this dish is. :P This dish was inspired by the very talented Mamabliss' baked chicken. I had intended to make this for a Christmas gathering with some friends but had to be cancelled now. Ingredients:
  • 1 (small) Chicken, washed, cleaned and dried
  • 2 teaspoon Coriander Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Clove Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
How to do it:
  1. Heat a wok and stir fry without oil, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and salt till fragnant.
  2. Pound or grind, all ingredients except butter and Chicken together.
  3. Mix with butter.
  4. Separate the skin from the chicken using a spoon.
  5. Rub paste under the skin, in the cavity and all over chicken.
  6. Place in oven proof dish and cover it or seal with foil
  7. Roast at 200C for 1 hr till cooked. If you are using Water Oven, use Super Roast - Chicken.
  8. Remove cover or foil.
  9. Remove excess oil and continue roasting at 220c for 15 minutes to brown the skin.
  10. Let it cool a little before carving.
* Moist inside *


  1. 2 years and you are still going strong! Something worth celebrating! :)

    I found the pepper grinder sold at Ikea (the one with blue cover) is good for grinding spices as well. After toasting the qty of dry spices I need, I put them inside the grinder and it works like a dream! Finely ground spices just perfect for roast meat with minimum effort!

    And this super easy recipe from is really good for producing moist chicken too!

  2. Hi Elaine
    My boy just recovered from chickenpox recently too, even though he got the jab. Thank God jiejie didn't get it for the 2 weeks. Hope it will be the same for you. There's a chance she may get it but just try to separate them.

  3. Nice roast chicken with spices. I love spices too.

  4. Hi Elaine,

    Hope your boy recover soon and do take care.

    Congratz on your blog 2nd Bday :) Do keep all the great recipes coming up :)

  5. Me not yet kena chickenpox, my children too.

    Hope your kids recover soon and can have a great holiday ahead!

  6. Why wasn't I invited ...did I do anything wrong?

    Just kidding...lovely chicken ...thx for sharing ....merry xmas

  7. hey babe! fantastic idea for xmas..i'm having a party n m clueless as to what to cook! give me more ideas pls!!! regarding this chick, may i know if i can use a microwave to roast? there's a convectional and grill function. I used that to do the chicken wrapped bacon before, but the colour din turn out right. :-(

  8. Your roast chicken looks perfect ... I am going to attempt roast chicken for christmas ... wish me luck ;P btw I have bought an oven, it's a rowenta ;p thank you for your advice for the oven, I really appreciate it. Oh dear about your kids getting chicken pox at this time, but at least they got it young so they don't have to worry about it when they are older. Happy Holidays! ^o^

  9. wow *blush* thanks for the compliments dear Elaine... you are definitely more talented than I am *smile*

  10. Kat..t,
    Thank you. I'll go check out Ikea the next time I go there.

    Wow! Thanks for the link. I will try it soon.

    Thanks. Luckily MeiMei didn't get it too. :)

    Bits of Life n Taste,
    Thanks. Yeah, the spices smell so nice.

    Thank you!

    Thanks! Have a great year ahead!

    Haha ... can you fly all the way here to Singapore?

    Siang n Janice,
    You can use the microwave to 'cook' the chicken but they will never be able to give you the brown look. At least that's what I understand from normal microwaves.

    You are being modest. :P