Army Chicken, a recipe.

Julia wrote a post about learning to cook and the fact that she has never made a roast chicken and it is something she really wants to try.  I immediately thought of my brother Matthews recipe for Army Chicken.  So named because in the army it is something that is really easy to cook.

So, I decided to make it for us and blog the process.


  • 1 x whole chicken (no gibblets)
  • 1 x 1kg bag of course (kashering) salt

Items you will need:

  • Roasting pan
  • Heavy duty tinfoil

Turn your oven onto 180°C.

Take your tinfoil and pull out a piece about 60cm long.  Fold the tinfoil in half and half again so you have a long thin oblong of tinfoil.  Curve the tinfoil around so that it makes a circle slightly bigger than your chicken.  Place it in the middle of the roasting pan.

Open the bag of salt by cutting the tip of one corner off so that it is easy to pour.  Very slowly pour the sat around the outside of the foil ring.  Make sure that the salt doesnt go inside the ring.  Pouring slowly helps to guide the salt in the right place.  Flatten the salt so that it is spread evenly around the foil.

Place the chicken inside the foil circle.  Now here is the really easy part… do not add any spices not even salt or pepper.  I repeat, do NOT add any spices.

Place the roasting pan in the oven for between 45 min and an hour depending on the size of the chicken.

Remove the pan from the oven and leave for 10 minutes to settle.

We added a few potatoes to the pan but usually we do it without them.

This chicken turns out to be tasty and juicy despite not having any spices added.  Also, if you look at the picture above you can see that the salt has turned a slightly brown colour.  That is all the fat that has run out of the chicken and been locked away in the salt.  So not only tasty and juicy but healthy too.

Serve with rice and vegetables and most of all, enjoy!



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11 responses to “Army Chicken, a recipe.

  1. Oh my goodness. Too easy!
    I have been googling non-stop since I did that post and all of them have sooooo many ingredients.
    I love your version. I am so going to try it!

  2. Gonna def give it a shot this weekend. In our family I suck at making roasted chicken. Thanks G!

  3. Are you kidding? No spices whatsoever? You sure?

    I really hate to waste money so it better be good – I will try this weekend and let you know.

  4. I’m so intrigued by the chemistry of this – it’s the nerd in me 🙂

  5. Ok, so guess what Sunday lunch will be?

  6. misspiggyatheart

    Same here – Sunday Lunch is decided!

  7. I am ashamed to admit that I have never ever made a roast chicken… Thank you for sharing this with me as now I’ll be able to look like a pro when I next decide to cook! xox

  8. Gina

    I want comments after you all make your roasts!! Want to know how they turn out 🙂

  9. Ooh I must try that!
    I have a ceramic roasting pot with a lid, and I do the whole chicken in there, lightly spiced with veggies around it and an onion inside it. My mom has a cast iron one like mine and I would so love on of those…

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