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Indian Spiced Chicken

Indian Spiced Chicken

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I don’t make whole chickens very often but today was one of those days I did. Let me just say I may just be making them more often. This Indian Spiced Chicken was so good.

My 12-year-old is my biggest fan. Bless my child. He loves my cooking, unless it’s a whole lot of veggies. Then I’m no longer such a good cook…haha!

But he knows he has to eat his veggies and he loves fruit so that’s no problem. He said this Indian Spiced Chicken was so delicious.

I made this chicken with some salad and it was all gobbled up. I had no time for fancy condiments.

However, the chicken was so delicious and well spiced, it didn’t need much else. Try it for yourself if you don’t believe me.

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Let’s get to my Indian Spiced Chicken Recipe. I think you’re going to love it.

How to make the chicken

Easy, did I say that. Yes, this is easy too!

You mix all the ingredients for the marinade, a little list of spices, together and rub it into the chicken. It is then baked and you have the most succulent and flavor-filled chicken.

I always rub some marinade under the skin. It’s not nice when you have all the flavor on the skin and when you cut into the chicken it’s just bland.

If you know me by now you should know I hate bland. For this you do need a few spices but I am sure you can find them all in your spice cupboard.

You will need cumin, coriander, chilli powder, turmeric, garam masala, fennel, yogurt, salt, garlic, ginger and oil.

The flavors of this roast chicken is heavenly. It smelled so delicious whilst roasting, I couldn’t wait to get it out the oven.

Roasting the chicken

I roasted the chicken at 200 degrees Celsius for 25 minutes, this way the skin gets nicely browned and crisp.

The temperature is then reduced and cooked for a further 40 minutes. You will obviously adjust the cooking time according to the size of your chicken.

If your chicken is slightly smaller or bigger I don’t think it’s going to make a huge difference. 

You will know your chicken is ready when you make a little slit and pull the leg away from the body. If the juices run clear then you know it’s cooked.

There’s nothing worse and more scary that raw chicken so if it’s pink pop it into the oven for longer. I would rather have a slightly over done chicken than under cooked.

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Indian Spiced Chicken

A whole chicken cooked to perfection with so much flavor
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword indian spiced chicken, roast chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1.2 kg whole chicken
  • 1 large onion
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp ground fennel
  • 3 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp finely grated ginger
  • 1&1/4 tsp salt


  • Ensure your chicken is thawed well if you are using a frozen chicken. I used a fresh chicken so I only needed to bring it to room temperature for 30 minutes. Pat the chicken dry with some paper towels. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl, except the thyme and onion. If you are using a bigger chicken you may want to increase the salt a little
  • Loosen some of the skin on the chicken with a small spoon. I loosen just a little at the breasts and drumsticks. Rub the marinade all over the chicken and rub some underneath the skin of the chicken. Stuff the thyme into the chicken. Tie the drumsticks with some string and tuck under the chicken.
  • Roast the chicken for 25 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius on the middle rack. Turn the heat down to 180 degrees Celsius and roast for a further 40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. After 25 minutes baste the chicken, pour the pan juices over.
  • To test if the chicken is done, pierce the chicken between the drumstick and the body. If the juices run clear it's ready. Rest the chicken for 15 minutes before cutting
  • You can discard the onion or eat it. The remaining juices in the pan is liquid gold so use some crusty bread to mop them up


  1. You can use butter instead of the oil
  2. The thyme stuffed into the chicken doesn't really give it much flavor but I love the smell of thyme and even a little perfume makes the chicken smell amazing 
  3. If the chilli powder is too hot for you then reduce it to half the quantity
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Veena Naidoo

Sunday 26th of December 2021

I love your Blog. You inspire me so much....Thank you. Hope is something I hang to. That chicken.....I can just smell that aromatics.


Tuesday 1st of February 2022

Thank you so much Veena. Im really happy to hear that you're enjoying my blog. Thank you for your support:-)


Monday 23rd of August 2021

Hi Lorraine,

It's the first time I am going to make a whole roast chicken. I want to check if the onion can be substituted for a lemon for the stuffing?


Tuesday 24th of August 2021

Hi Pratish! Yes you can stuff it with lemon if you wish. Should work fine:-)


Tuesday 10th of August 2021

I love the way you made this delicious chicken recipe. Everything is so nicely described that really helpful. I was looking for some Popular Indian Chinese recipe in your blog. Can you share in future? An appetizer or snacks like chicken lollipop like this


Tuesday 24th of August 2021

Thank you. Yes I will try and share soon:-)


Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

wow this is a must try. what accompaniments would you recommend


Wednesday 23rd of June 2021

Hi Venoliah! You can serve it with some naan bread and raita, salad, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes. Some veggies if you like. Hope you get to try it:-)

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