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Christmas Roast Chicken

This Christmas Roast Chicken is seasoned with star anise, cloves, cinnamon, orange and maple syrup! Great to make if you're making a Christmas meal for a smaller gathering!

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 10 minutes
    •    Cook time: 10 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 4


    •    1 tsp salt
    •    pinch of pepper
    •    4 tsps maple syrup
    •    1 tsp ground cloves
    •    zest from one orange
    •    1 tsp ground star anise
    •    1 or 2kg whole chicken
    •    1 tsp of ground cinnamon
    •    50g butter, room temperature
    •    0.5 tsp bay leaf, finely chopped
    •    half an orange cut in two (use the zested one)
    •    orange juice from 1/4 orange use the zested one


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C fan / 220°C / 428°F.
  2. Mix the butter with the spices, salt, orange zest, orange juice and stir until combined.
  3. Rub 2/3 of the butter mix (RESERVE 1/3 of the butter!) under the skin of the chicken and a little over the chicken and inside the chicken.
  4. Place the chicken in a oven proof dish. Rub salt into the cavity and place the 1-2 orange halves + 2 bay leafs inside the chicken.
  5. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Whilst the chicken is in the oven, melt the rest of the butter in a saucepan and add the maple syrup. Set aside.
  7. Remove the chicken from the oven and turn it down to 175°C.
  8. Brush the melted butter/maple syrup mixture over the chicken and place the chicken in the oven again and bake for an additional 40-50 minutes, or until the juices run clear.
  9. Once cooked, remove from the oven and cover with foil. Leave to rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.


    •    For an extra juicy chicken, turn it up side down whilst resting. This may flatten the curvature of the chicken but it will still look good!)

    •    If you want want a gravy you can scrape all the juices from the baking tray and all the juices coming from the bird whilst resting and pour it into a sauce pan. Dissolve a tbsp of cornflour into cold water. Bring the meat juices to a boil and stir the corn flour into the sauce a little at a time whilst stirring until you've reached desired consistency.

This great family recipe is thanks to Nutritionist Meets Chef at


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