Milk and Sage Chicken

Author: Marthinus Strydom
Category: Chicken
Serves/Qty: 1
Marthinus Strydom

Ooh boy. This is a problem. Once you've tasted this chicken you will never eat chicken in another way. Ever. This is the perfect comfort food. Subtle flavors, succulent and oh, so delicious.

The Story

This chicken recipe originated in Italy. It's a simple and easy recipe with few ingredients. But it packs a huge punch. The sage, lemon and cinnamon creates incredible flavor. The milk curdles and infuses the chicken to create such a succulent and tender chicken. You won't believe what you're eating.

More about Italy

Italy is one of those countries about which you probably have quite a number of preconceptions before you have put one foot into the country. A country of olive oil and mafia, pasta, wine and sunshine, roman ruins and renaissance palaces, Italy has a lot to offer its visitors. Although some of these images are appealing, it would be a shame if that was the only thing you come away with. Italy is certainly much more complex and interesting than that.

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Adjust Quanities

1 chicken
4 knobs butter
salt and pepper
big handful of sage leaves
6 garlic cloves (peeled and smashed)
lemon peels from 1 lemon
juice from 1/2 lemon
1 cinnamon stick
½ l milk


Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C.

You need a small'ish cast iron pot to make this in. One that will fit a whole chicken snugly.

Drizzle some olive oil on the chicken. Generously season with salt and pepper. Rub and massage all over the chicken.

Heat the pot on the stove and add a knob of butter.  Pleace the chicken in the pot and brown the chicken properly. After a few minutes and the butter has become dark, remove the chicken and discard the butter. Add a fresh nob of butter and continue to brown the chicken. Move the chicken around, on its sides and make sure it's perfectly browned and almost crispy. Remove the chicken and remove the butter. Add new butter and keep on browning.

Remove the chicken and remove the butter.

Add a new knob of butter to the pot.

Peel and smash the garlic and add to the pot. Add the lemon peels and cinnamon. Fry for afew minutes. Add the sage (tear the leaves once). Season with salt and pepper. Fry for a few minutes. 

Add the milk and stir a few times. Add the chicken back to the pot in the milk mixutre.

Drizzle the juice from half a lemon over the chicken. Place the pot in the oven (without the lid) and roast in the oven for 1.5 hours. Turn the chicken every 30 minutes.

Serve with mashed potatoes and steamed brocolli. Drizzle the sauce and goodness from the pot over the chicken.

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