Sticky lime roast chicken

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 45 mins


Serves 4
A dish for relaxed dinner parties, easy and different

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal557
  • fat30g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre0g
  • protein64g
  • salt1.22g
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  • 4 lime, halved



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 2kg chicken



    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 8 garlic clove, 4 whole, 4 chopped
  • 1 chilli, deseeded and chopped



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • large piece ginger



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • small bunch coriander stalks
  • 2 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
    Fish sauce

    Fish sauce

    A seasoning often used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. In Vietnam it is usually made from shrimp…

  • sliced cucumber, shredded spring onions and coriander sprigs, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Squeeze all the limes into a bowl and pop the lime halves into the chicken cavity with the whole garlic, half the chilli, half the ginger and the coriander stalks. Place the chicken in a roasting tin and roast for 1 hr.

  2. While the chicken is roasting, make a sticky glaze. Add the remaining garlic, chilli, ginger, brown sugar and fish sauce to the lime juice and use a hand blender or small blender to blitz until smooth. Transfer to a small pan and reduce until thick enough to coat the chicken.

  3. When the chicken has been cooking for 1 hr, tip some water into the bottom of the tin. Pour half the glaze over the chicken and continue to roast for 45 mins more, covering with foil if it starts to brown too quickly. When cooked, leave to the side to rest.

  4. Pour the juices from the roasting tray, discarding the fat, into the rest of the glaze and pour into a small pan. Simmer over a low heat and taste, adding more sugar or fish sauce if it needs it. Serve the chicken with the cucumber, spring onions and coriander around it and the gravy on the side.

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Comments (18)

MooseLady's picture

I decided to make this as it looked a bit different and I'm so glad I did! It made a change to have lime, chilli, ginger, coriander and fish sauce with a roast dinner. I loved the tangyness of the glaze on the chicken, which was unbelievably juicy and moist, probably from the limes inside. I served it with all the usual roast dinner trimmings. Nothing like a bit of chilli with your Yorkshire pudding and roasties!

Janine417's picture

I have been making this recipe for years now, and I'm pretty sure it's the whole family's favourite meal. Really easy to make, just make sure you get the glaze nice and thick. As lovely as it is on a whole bird, I think it's nicer on chicken pieces.

petesfanny's picture

My sister-in-law cooked this for our lunch yesterday, it was delicious. She served it as above and with noodles and sugar snap peas. Chicken very moist and not at all 'overcooked and dry' as commented by someone who clearly hadn't tried it! Will be making myself.

eilidhrobertson's picture

Made this as didn't have lemons or potatoes for our usual preferred roast chicken recipe. It was delicious. Only had 3 limes and used dark brown sugar as all we had. Served with cucumbers, spring onions, tomatoes and coriander with a wee bit of lime juice squeezed over and some Tilda wholegrain pilau. Husband said he'd like our roast chicken like that every time. Looking forward to the rest of it tomorrow night and the stock!

lizleicester's picture

Only used 2 limes and found it deliciously tangy. Loved the ginger, chilli, garlic, coriander and lime "stuffing" which I put inside the chicken about 6 hours before cooking so the flavours were infused through the bird. Lovely.

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bezann1's picture

Wow......... what a delicious recipe. Served with pinapple rice and my take on dulphinoise potatoes...........coconut milk, ginger, chillie and kaffire lime leaves. tingeling taste buds galore............

emmapr's picture

This recipe was good. The flavours of the sauce were great, however, I felt the flavours of the glaze didn't go into the chicken other than on the skin. Next time I make this, I will make more glaze and marinate the chicken rubbing the glaze both under and on top of the skin. I also made with the pineapple rice which was delicious.

vrog's picture

KJF_UK (see above) - I cooked this for Easter Sunday and added some of the unreduced sauce to Quorn pieces for the vegetarians in the family: I used soy sauce instead of fish sauce.
Chicken was moist, though the sweet glaze makes it look overcooked. Now to go and make something with the leftovers.

thynk2much's picture

Really lovely - served with the pineapple rice and the greens with oyster sauce in the same article. Barney's recipes are so reliable!! :)

sharishari's picture

I used only two limes and this was gorgeous! The chicken was moist (due to the water - I added about 300ml and basted regularly), the glaze was not overpowering, and I didn't need to reduce the sauce and it was quite tangy. Served with carribean rice and peas and went down a storm!

champion's picture

The zingy sweet lime sauce was a wonderful refreshing flavour - a wonderful change to the usual sunday roast - everyone loved it

polednikova's picture

The chicken in the photo looks over-cooked and dry to me...

leanajd's picture

Loved this dish! Chicken very juicy and flavours gorgeous. Leftovers going in a wrap for tomorrow's lunch!

LuluLolly's picture

Superb!! A bit more work than your Foolproof Slow Roast Chicken but my family has now asked for this to be our regular roast chicken recipe. The chicken was astoundingly moist! The sauce with the chicken juices added was very sour so I had to add quite a bit of extra brown sugar to counteract the excessive "limey" flavour but it went down a treat. I served it with Honey glazed roast carrots (a GF recipe - excellent!) and some pak choi.

lizb117's picture

the chicken came out ok, but the sauce smelt horrible.. really, i tried to make the gravy with it but it was discusting eurgh...

jojo80's picture

A little fussy to prep the glaze and stuff the chicken although completely worth it as absolutely delicious and goes great with the bean sprouts and noodles featured in the same April issue.

kjf_uk's picture

This sounds lovely. Could this recipe be Quorn-ified for us veggies? :)

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