Easy recipe: Zesty Lime & Coriander Roast Spatchcock Chicken

Published Saturday, Sep 20 2014, 17:20 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Spatchcock chicken is a speedy and simple way to cook your poultry and we have a scrumptious recipe here from Anne's Kitchen to celebrate 20 years of Freedom Food with Sainsbury's.

The chicken is threaded on to metal skewers and marinated in a delightful mix of fresh coriander, lime, ginger and garlic. Once ready, you can serve with rice and veggies for a satisfying dinner, or use in a pitta sandwich for tomorrow's lunch!

Zesty lime and coriander chicken

© Anne's Kitchen/Sanisbury's


  • 1 x whole Sainsbury's Freedom Food Chicken
  • 15g fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Nam Pla (fish sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


1 Start by turning your chicken over and using your shears or equivalent sharp implement remove the backbone, cutting through either side of it. Remove any excess fatty bits or skin.

2 Turn the chicken back over so its breast side up and use the heel of your hand to press down so that the chicken breast and legs are all one equal layer

3 In a small bowl combine the coriander, chilli, lime juice, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, oil and season with salt and pepper.

4 Glove up and get massaging your chicken all over. Place on a large, shallow baking tray and using the skewers, thread through to form a kriss kross, to keep the chicken in one layer. Leave to marinade for a couple of hours, though one hour will be okay.

5 Pre-heat the oven to 180o, then cook the chicken covered in foil for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, baste with the juices and roast for a further 15-20 minutes, or until juices run clear and it’s cooked through. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before carving.

6 The easiest way is to use a sharp knife to remove the legs, then remove the breast meat.

Prep Time

1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hours (depending on how long you leave the chicken to marinate)

Cook Time

45-55 minutes

Nutrition Information

Serves 4

More great ways to use chicken:

Spicy Chicken Fajitas
Butter Chicken Curry
One-Pot Chicken Roast
Jerk Chicken Strips With Caesar Salad Dressing

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