Brined Roast Chicken


1 X 1.6 kg chicken
2 lemons, sliced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and cracked black pepper


1 small bunch fresh bay leaves
2 tablespoons black peppercorns
½ cup (150 gr) rock salt
1 cup (175 gr) brown sugar
1 cup (250 ml) malt vingear
3 liters water


1) To make the brine, place the bay leaves, peppercorns, salt, sugar, vinegar and water in a large saucepan over high heat.
Bring to the boil and cook, stirring, for 4 minutes or until the salt and sugar have dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool completely.

2) Tie the legs of the chicken with kitchen string and place, breast-side down, in the brine. Cover and refrigerate for 4–8 hours.

3) Preheat oven to 200°C. Place the lemon slices onto a large oven dish lined with non-stick baking paper. Remove the chicken and bay leaves from the brine, discarding the brine liquid. Place the chicken, breast-side up, on top of the lemon with the bay leaves. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for 45–50 minutes or until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through.

Source Donna Hay