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Ultimate zesty chicken

Points® value
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
15 min
1 hr 15 min
Zingy flavours combine with an eye-catching green sauce to capture the essence of spring on a plate


Whole Chicken, raw

1 medium

Calorie controlled cooking spray

4 spray(s)


250 ml

Basil, fresh

25 g

Parsley, fresh

25 g

Mint, Fresh

12½ g

Lime Juice, Fresh

20 ml


1 zest(s) of 1


  1. Make the marinade and sauce: put all the ingredients in a blender and whizz until smooth. Season well. Set aside half the mixture for the sauce and keep chilled in the fridge until needed.
  2. Trim any excess fat from the chicken. Starting at the neck end, carefully lift the skin from the chicken, being careful not to tear it. Transfer to a large, non-metallic bowl and pour the marinade under the skin and over the chicken, so that it’s well coated. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6. Lift the chicken from the bowl, scraping o any excess marinade, and transfer to a large roasting tin. Mist with cooking spray and season well. Roast for 1 hour 15 minutes, basting after 30 minutes, until cooked through. Remove from the oven and rest for 20 minutes before carving.