Salt Roast Chicken

Serves 4-6


  • garlic 1 whole head
  • chicken thighs 8–12 with the skin on
  • thyme a bunch
  • black peppercorns 2 tbsp
  • rock salt plenty for sprinkling
  • olive oil
  • smoked or sweet paprika


Smash the garlic cloves but leave them in their papery skins to help stop them burning. Put the garlic, chicken, thyme and peppercorns in a bowl and turn the whole lot over a few times with your hands.

Arrange the chicken on a rack set over a roasting tin; this will allow any liquid to drain out. Add the garlic, thyme and peppercorns, poking it in amongst the chicken. Sprinkle over a good amount of rock salt, making sure that you cover all the pieces. Now chill overnight or for at least 8 hours so the salt can draw out any excess moisture.

Heat the oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Brush off any excess salt and rinse out the roasting tin. Sprinkle over a little olive oil and dust with paprika before you cook it. I prefer smoked paprika as it has a lovely warm flavour and a slightly sharp edge.

Roast for 1 hour until the skin is browned and crisp and the chicken cooked through. Serve with the garlic cloves to squeeze out.

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