My favourite Roast Chicken Marinade

It has been a long time since we’ve eaten anything non-Indian at home. One thing that always works is Roast Chicken. However, because we’re only two people, having a full chicken is too much of a hassle and it never seems to finish… So roast chicken legs then.

Eating a lot of spicy food has made us picky; chicken marinade has to have a very good flavour or it just tastes boring to us. So here’s my favourite – it goes very well with some fresh mashed potatoes.

Red Pesto Chicken

Chicken legs& thighs with skin

1 heaped tea spoon Red Pesto per leg&thigh piece


Black Pepper

Dried Basil

Dried Oregano

2 cloves of garlic – crushed

Splash of olive oil

Trim excess fat off the chicken pieces. Poke the skin with a knife in several places. Coat with pesto (easiest way to do it is rub it in by hand). Place the pieces on a baking tray. Add the crushed garlic cloves (no need to have them mashed up; just take a whole garlic clove, take a knife or some other metal utensil and crush it, take the skin off and put it on the tray with the chicken. Season everything with Salt, Pepper, Basil & Oregano. Splash some olive oil over the chicken. Pop it in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius. Baste the chicken in its own juice a few times, and let it bake for around 30-40 minutes; until when you poke it with a knife, the juices run clear, not pink.

Red Pesto Gravy

Once your chicken is done, take it out of the tray. Put the tray on the stove, and add around a cup of water to the juices and fat in the tray. Cook it on the stove until everything dissolves and mixes with the water. Season with salt, pepper, basil and oregano. Add 2 tsp of red pesto and about the same of concentrated tomato puree. For extra flavour add a few jalapeno peppers. Let the gravy reduce until it has a creamy consistency.

Serve with the chicken and a potato side; choose from Mashed Potato, boiled or roasted potatoes.



  1. odzer Said:

    Oh how very nice. A roast chicken is always nice though its tough to do under the circumstances. I hope you take a picture next time! I am eager to see how it all ended up. Could you post your potato salad recipe sometime that is really nice.

  2. hedonist666 Said:

    hmm yeah I should’ve clicked a photo indeed… didn’t plan on blogging about it but it just so happened 🙂 So by now we’ve eaten all of it. Next time I’ll make sure to click away…

    Either way, potato salad yes indeed… two variations still to come; traditional German one and your spinach one.. let’s see when I’ll get to it 🙂

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