Spiced Whole Chicken in the Microwave

Spiced Whole Chicken in the Microwave

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You've never made a whole chicken like this before! This is an very spicy recipe where the all the work is done the day before cooking, making it perfect for large occasions.


Serves: 5 

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2-3 teaspoons turmeric
  • 3-4 green chillies
  • 1-2 tablespoons garlic ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bunch coriander leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3-4 whole peppercorns
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 5-6 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt to taste

Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Extra time:1day chilling  ›  Ready in:1day1hour10min 

  1. Make shallow cuts all over the chicken in a diamond pattern to allow the spices to penetrate. Rub with turmeric and let sit 10 minutes.
  2. Using a food processor or mortar and pestle, combine the chillies, garlic ginger paste, sugar, thyme, basil, oregano, coriander, mustard powder, cumin seeds, peppercorns and lemon juice. Rub the spice mixture on the chicken, making sure to get deep into the cuts.
  3. Rub the chicken all over with olive oil, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate 24 hours.
  4. Cook the chicken in the microwave 30 minutes, baste with olive oil or melted butter and any juices that have accumulated and cook a further 10 minutes. Baste again and cook another 10 minutes. Enjoy!

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