Sunday, January 8, 2012

Making Honey Roast Chicken

Since last Christmas, I have been wanting to make a roast chicken but I always killed the idea. It was like having a burning desire yet to be materialized. When my husband and I took a stroll in a new hypermarket in town last night, we decided that we were going to cook the Sunday lunch for the whole family. I didn't scratch my head too much to decide what I wanted to cook. I was determined to make my first home-made roast chicken.

I used the recipe of the roast chicken from an old cooking magazine, published in 2002, that I purposely brought from Indonesia a while ago. I made little changes on the original recipe to make the whole roast chicken tastier.

My first home-made honey roast chicken.

Honey Roast Chicken


To marinate the chicken:

  • 1 Whole chicken, cleaned.
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Fresh Juice of 1/2 Lemon
  • 1/2 Bulb of garlic, mashed.

For the sauce:

  • 1 Sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tbs Margarine
  • 5 tbs Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg powder
  • 3 tbs Tomato sauce
  • 2 tbs Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbs Sweet soy sauce
  • 2 tbs Sugar
  • 1 tbs Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper powder
  • 400ml Water


1. Pierce the whole chicken with a fork so all the seasoning and sauce can be well absorbed.

2. Cover the whole chicken with salt, fresh lemon juice and mashed garlic. Marinate for about 1 hour.

Marinate the chicken and let it rest for about 1 hour before cooking.

3. Pour all the sauce ingredients in a bowl. Lightly mix with a spoon/fork, set aside for later use.

Sauce mix for cooking the chicken.

4. To start cooking the marinated chicken, sauté the chopped onion with the margarine in a large wok until fragrant.

Sauté the chopped onions in margarine.

5. Add the marinated chicken onto the sautéed onion and margarine. Cook until the chicken's colour changes.

6. Pour the sauce mix onto the chicken. Then add in the water. Gently mix until the whole chicken is covered with the sauce.

Cooking the chicken. 
My Mom-in-Law asked me to cook two extra chicken thighs too. 

7. Cook the chicken until the sauce is slightly caramelized and there is only about 50ml sauce left. Then transfer the chicken into a baking pan.

The chicken is cooked, sauce is caramelized 
and it's ready to be transferred to the baking pan.

8. Bake the chicken in a preheated oven for about 45 minutes until all the meat is all cooked through and the chicken is nicely browned, but not too burnt. Brush the whole chicken with the 50ml extra sauce, few times in every 10 minutes while roasting it.

The whole cooked chicken ready to be baked.

9. Serve hot with fried/baked potato or steamed rice.

Honey roast chicken: Fresh from the oven.

Making this honey roast chicken indeed consumes few hours in time but I think it's worth the wait and the troubles. The chicken smelled really fragrant when baked in a hot oven. Also, when eaten, the chicken tasted really sweet and tangy plus the meat was really juicy.

Considering that I seldom cook, I guess my honey roast chicken today was a victory!


** Get the printable version of this recipe HERE.


  1. Roast Chicken is a perfect meal for a family get together and yours looks delicious - honey adds wonderful sweetness with the savory skin! Congrats on your first!

  2. This is a great looking chicken! The ingredients for the souce sound phenomenally flavorful :)

  3. I could probably eat that whole dang chicken. Freaking YUMMY!

  4. Looks so delicious! Cook like a pro!

  5. We had roast chicken tonight, but it had completely different flavors and method. For your first roast chicken you certainly did a beautiful job and taught me a different method. I've never seen the pre-cook of the chicken before roasting, but I sure do like it. Your final outcome looks absolutely delicious! Congratulations!

  6. Thank you, all :-)

    @mjskit - perhaps it's because I used an Indonesian cooking book/recipe. Indonesians love pre-cooking the chicken or beef before frying or roasting them so the meat tastes more flavourful. The drawback is that this additional process costs us longer time in preparing just one dish.

  7. Awesome recipe,I've been looking for some good whole chicken recipes.

  8. This looks great! Definitely going to use this sauce soon!

  9. This is god! This is so "sit down family & talk, talk, talk" food. :D

  10. The chicken looks great and the marinade sounds like a winner. must give this a try.


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