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(Serves 4)


1 medium to large chicken

1 lemon, quartered

200g soft butter (not melted)


1T paprika

3t salt

2T brown sugar

½t cumin

1t sage

1t oregano

½t cayenne pepper

1t black pepper

½t ground coriander


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

2. Stuff the lemon quarters into the chicken’s cavity and set aside.

3. Mix all the rub ingredients together. Mix the spice rub with the soft butter.

4. Carefully rub some of the spiced butter underneath the skin and the remaining butter over the entire chicken, making sure that every inch is covered.

5. Tie the chicken drumsticks together with string, if desired.

6. Roast the chicken for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, depending on the size. Insert a skewer or sharp knife into the chicken. If the liquid that comes out is clear, then it’s cooked.

7. Allow it to rest for 10 minutes before carving.