A sweet lime sauce and a kick of chili make this roast chicken a surefire hit for serving crowds or just for everyday meals. Make sure there’s chicken stock or water in the bottom of the pan while roasting to the meat comes out juicy and tender.
- 1 4 lb./2 kg. chicken (medium-sized; thawed if using frozen)
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- For Lime Marinade Sauce:
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar (or substitute regular white or apple cider vinegar)
- 1/3 cup fish sauce
- 1/2 cup sugar (brown, loosely packed)
- 7 to 8 garlic cloves (minced, or 1 tablespoon bottled pureed garlic)
- 1 to 2 red chilies (fresh, minced; or 1 teaspoon dried cayenne pepper)
- 3 green onions (sliced)
- 4 lime wedges
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Empty cavity of the chicken, rinse and pat dry. Place chicken in a deep roasting pan or casserole dish with a lid, or foil for cover.
Place marinade/sauce ingredients in a saucepan and stir over medium-high heat until it reaches a light boil and sugar dissolves. Reduce to a minimum, stirring occasionally for several minutes, until sauce thickens slightly.
Pour 1/3 of this sauce over chicken. Thoroughly coat the chicken by spooning it over. Reserve remaining sauce for later. Add 1/4 cup stock to the bottom of the roasting pan, then cover and place chicken in the oven for 1 hour.
Remove from oven and use a ladle to spoon juices from the bottom of the pan over the chicken. Cover and return to the oven 1 more hour.
Remove from oven and spoon 2 to 3 more tablespoons of the lime marinade/sauce you reserved earlier over chicken (the sauce may have become thick by this time, almost like a syrup; this is fine—it will “melt” when it touches the hot flesh of the chicken. There should still be moisture (juices) in the bottom of the roasting pan – if not, add 1/4 cup more stock. Cover and roast until the inner flesh is well cooked (30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how large of a chicken you’re roasting).
Finally, uncover the chicken and return to oven 15 minutes, until the skin has turned golden-brown.
Using a ladle, scoop out 1/3 cup of the juices from the bottom of the roasting pan and add to the reserved lime sauce. Place over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sauce is warm. Taste-test it, adding a little more sugar, if desired, or a little more fish sauce if not salty enough. Add more fresh minced chili or cayenne pepper if more spice is desired.
To serve, either place the whole chicken on a platter and pour the sauce over or serve it on the side. OR, place chicken on a chopping board, and chop it into pieces (as shown). Place the pieces on a serving platter. Pour sauce over, then top with sliced spring onions.
Serve and enjoy!