Whole Roasted Peri-Peri Chicken



  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) sunflower oil
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) tomato paste
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) peri-peri or to taste
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) paprika
  • 1,2 kg whole chicken, skin and all fat removed
  • 6 potatoes, quartered
  • ½ tsp (2,5 ml) salt
  • ½ cup (125 ml) water


Preheat the oven to 180 °C.

Mix the oil with all the seasonings, except the salt. Spread some of this paste over the chicken.

Place chicken in a large oven dish.

Toss the potatoes with the remaining paste and place in the oven dish around the chicken.

Sprinkle potatoes with salt and pour the water into the oven dish. Cover with foil and roast chicken and potatoes for 30 minutes. Remove foil, toss potatoes in liquid and roast for another 30 minutes or until cooked.

Serve with green veggies or a salad.


The chicken bones can be used for the Homemade stock p XX.

Lemon and herb chicken: See tip on p XX (Lemon chicken).

Use more paprika instead of the peri-peri for milder flavour.

If your oven is big enough, double the recipe and make 2 chickens. Use the other chicken for another meal.