Spice-Rubbed Roast Chicken with Two Sauces


At his new chicken-focused restaurant in Atlanta, Bantam + Biddy, Shaun Doty uses an Old Hickory rotisserie to cook his birds, which are coated with a lemony fennel-seed rub. The choice of sauces to serve alongside includes smoky piri piri and Dominican wasakaka, made with onion, chiles and herbs. Slideshow: Delicious Roast Chicken Recipes 

Spice-Rubbed Roast Chicken with Two Sauces
Photo: © Con Poulos
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
2 to 4


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon minced rosemary

  • 1 tablespoon ground fennel seeds

  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper

  • One 3 1/2-pound chicken, chilled

  • Kosher salt

  • Wasakaka Sauce and Piri Piri Sauce, for serving


  1. In a bowl, whisk the oil, garlic, lemon zest and juice, rosemary, fennel seeds and pepper. Rub the mixture all over the chicken, inside and out. Let come to room temperature.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400°. Twist the wings of the chicken behind the back and tie the legs together; set breast side up in a roasting pan. Season all over with salt. Roast for about 55 minutes, until the juices run clear when an inner thigh is pierced. Transfer to a carving board and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut the chicken into 8 pieces and serve with the Wasakaka and Piri Piri Sauces.

Suggested Pairing

Rich, savory roast chicken pairs well with full-bodied Chardonnay; this lemony dish is nice with a bright white Burgundy.

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