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Chilli paprika Roast Chicken

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Spicy Roast Chicken

Spicy roast chicken. This is one of my favourites.


This is one of those recipes I make over and over again. I love the crispy skin and succulent meat but it’s the chilli zap that makes this dish. If you are a fiery hot spice fan, this is one you’ve got to try.

The first time I made it, I actually made it a bit too spicy. I don’t do such things often but I’ve now got the recipe just the way I like it. It’s super spicy but not so much so that you can’t taste the other complimentary flavours.

If you have any marinade left over, keep it. It’s great used as a dipping sauce or you could mix it with a little Greek yogurt to make a delicious raita.

I roasted my own capsicums (Red bell peppers) and skinned them for this recipe. If you don’t want to go to the trouble, jarred roast peppers work just fine.

After you use the limes for the marinade, be sure to stuff them right up the bird’s butt. The bitter-sweet flavour of the limes steams into the meat. I want to make this all over again!

So go on… Plan to make this at the weekend. You’ll be glad you did and I’d love to hear how you liked it.

Marinated spicy roast chicken

Marinated and ready for the oven.

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Yield: 4 - 6

Spicy Chilli, Paprika and Garlic Roast Chicken

Spicy Chilli, Paprika and Garlic Roast Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 2 1.5k free range chicken
  • 6 cloves garlic - roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 4 teaspoons smoked piccante paprika
  • 3 dried red chillies
  • 2 roasted capsicums (Red bell peppers)
  • 30g chopped fresh coriander
  • 125ml extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of four limes (retain the limes)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. To make the marinade, blend the olive oil, lime juice, roasted capscums, red chillies, paprika, garlic, coriander and oregano in a blender into a smooth paste.
  2. Cover the birds completely - inside and out with the marinade and leave for at least one hour or up to 48 hours. The longer the better.
  3. When ready to cook, pre-heat your oven to 200c (400f). Stuff the retained limes into the cavities of both and tie shut.
  4. Place the chicken in a deep roasting tray and cook for one hour. Times may vary so use a meat thermometer. I usually play it safe and aim for 73c (164f).
  5. I like to mix any remaining (not used) marinade with a little yogurt to serve. Leftovers are awesome in salads, curries or sandwiches.

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Spicy Chicken roast in wood burning oven

Chicken cooking in the wood burning oven. Love the smoky flavour.

plasterer bristol

Tuesday 15th of December 2015

This sounds really delicious and something new to try. Thank you for sharing this.


Dhanya Samuel

Monday 15th of September 2014

The perfect party dish!

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