Jamie Oliver's Chicken in Milk

As wild as it sounds you definetly need to try this one out. This will be without question the most tender, juicy chicken you have ever tasted. The lactic acid in the milk is key to tenderizing and sweetening the meat. You won't be disappointed.




  • 1.5 kg higher-welfare chicken
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • olive oil
  • ½ stick cinnamon
  • 1 good handful fresh sage , leaves picked
  • 2 lemons , zest of
  • 10 cloves garlic , skin left on
  • 565 ml milk



Preheat the oven to 375°F and find a snug-fitting pot for the chicken. Season it generously all over, and fry it in a little olive oil, turning the chicken to get an even color all over, until golden. Remove from the heat, put the chicken on a plate, and throw away the oil left in the pot. This will leave you with tasty sticky goodness at the bottom of the pan which will give you a lovely caramel flavour later on.

Put your chicken back in the pot with the rest of the ingredients, and cook in the preheated oven for 1½ hours. Baste with the cooking juice when you remember. The lemon zest will sort of split the milk, making a sauce which is absolutely fantastic.

To serve, pull the meat off the bones and divide it onto your plates. Spoon over plenty of juice and the little curds. Serve with wilted spinach or greens and some mashed potato.


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