Maryland chicken

Maryland chicken

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 1 hr, 10 mins

Skill level



Serves 4 - 5

This Southern-spiced roast chicken dish is served with buttery mashed sweet potatoes with a secret ingredient - banana

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Additional info

  • Gluten-free
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  • 1 whole chicken, about 1.8kg
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp English mustard powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1kg sweet potatoes
  • 1 large banana, unpeeled
  • 50g butter
  • 100ml milk
  • Creamed corn & bacon (recipe in 'goes well with', right)

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  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and sit the chicken in a small roasting tin. Mix all the spices with 2 tsp salt using a pestle and mortar – try to grind the oregano finely so that it doesn’t burn. Rub the spice mix over the chicken with some oil, and cover loosely with foil.
  2. Sit the potatoes in another tin, and put them in the oven together with the chicken. After 30 mins, remove the foil. Pierce the banana once in the skin with a knife and put alongside the potatoes, and roast with the chicken for another 30 mins.
  3. Check the potatoes are soft, then remove them and the banana from the oven. Leave the chicken to cook for a final 10 mins. Split the potatoes and banana, and scrape all the flesh into a saucepan. Add 1 tsp salt, half the butter and the milk, then mash together. Season.
  4. Check the chicken is cooked by piercing the inner thigh and ensuring the juices run clear. Lift to a serving platter and rest for 10 mins.
  5. To serve, spoon the mash into a dish, topped with knobs of remaining butter, and carve the chicken at the table. Serve with Creamed corn & bacon (recipe in 'goes well with', right).

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2014

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ambertuesday's picture
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Really enjoyed the chicken, something different. I had to give less 'stars' as the sweet potato was not nice!! I love sweet potatoes and we eat them a lot. Why on earth would you add another highly sweet ingredient into it?? Spoilt it completely and I was a bit miffed that I had followed the recipe!! The sweetcorn side dish was very nice though. Apart from the potatoes, all the left overs went into granary sandwiches the next day and very nice they were.