Friday 4 April 2014

Chicken in Milk

Since the time when we had Cook Like A Star with Jamie Oliver, this recipe had been tried by many others who gave it excellent reviews. 

I finally got down to making it after I got some sage from the supermarket. It seems a little odd to bake chicken in milk but somehow the combination of ingredients makes the entire dish work perfectly. Sage and cinnamon adds a distinctive flavour to the rich creamy milk gravy infused with zesty lemon aromas.  

The chicken was pan fried and then baked to a crisp perfection. The meat was tender and flavourful soaked in the gravy. Writing about it makes me want to do this easy peasy one-dish again. 

Chicken in Milk (Serves 4)
Jamie Oliver's recipe

  • 1.5 kg higher-welfare chicken (I used 2 chicken halves)
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • olive oil
  • ½ stick cinnamon
  • 1 good handful fresh sage, leaves picked
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 10 cloves garlic, skin left on
  • 565 ml milk
  • Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5, and find a snug-fitting pot for the chicken. Season it generously all over, and fry it in a little olive oil, turning the chicken to get an even colour all over, until golden. Remove from the heat, put the chicken on a plate, and throw away the oil left in the pot. This will leave you with tasty sticky goodness at the bottom of the pan which will give you a lovely caramel flavour later on.
  • Put your chicken back in the pot with the rest of the ingredients, and cook in the preheated oven for 1½ hours. Baste with the cooking juice when you remember. The lemon zest will sort of split the milk, making a sauce which is absolutely fantastic.
  • To serve, pull the meat off the bones and divide it onto your plates. Spoon over plenty of juice and the little curds. Serve with wilted spinach or greens and some mashed potato.
This is for Cook Like A Star hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours, Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Mich of Piece of Cake.


  1. Woo。。。I love this yummy dish, will try it soon!

  2. Delicious! Impossible to resist a dish like this. The milk must make the chicken really really tender indeed!

  3. I was looking at this recipe last night! Big Yumms!

  4. Oh my.....sound really delicious, Im sure it was.

  5. What an interesting recipe, Mich. At first it sounds a bit strange but after thinking about it for a second or two, it makes complete sense. I bet it taste delicious! Thank you so much for sharing, Mich...

  6. Well done,Mich. The chicken looks so tender and juicy.. I love Jamie Oliver's chicken recipes.. they are simple, easy to make and taste wonderful..!

  7. Hi Mich, this chicken milk look very delicious. The meat is so tender... I'm sure it's finger licking good. :)) 2 thumbs up for you, you're an excellent cook.

    Have a great week ahead,regards.

  8. Tiene una pinta fantástica se ve riquísimo muy buena receta,abrazos

  9. Mich, your chicken in milk looks very delicious! I am not a fan of milk and I will just have to admire your chicken from here :)

  10. Looks very yummy! Does the baked milk have a cheesy taste afterwards?

  11. It must be very flavourful. The chicken looks really tender too.

  12. Mich , that baked chicken looks very appetizing ! The flavor combo sounds wonderful :)

  13. Chicken looks so tasty, the skin is so crispy despite the milk :D

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  14. Hi Mich,
    You have just reminded me about this dish! I am curious about the taste of so much milk in a chicken bake. Since everyone gave this a good review, I'm going to give this a try!
    Looks yummy!

  15. Hi Mich,

    I have baked this recipe with skinless boneless chicken and we are loving it. I have baked these and have been asked to bake this again and again...

    In fact, Wendy, Lena and I tried baking this recipe with a small amount of cream and the surface is a bit cheesy-like. Try this method if you are baking this dish again :D


  16. Wow, this sounds really unique. Looks great too.

  17. Looks delicious. I must try it out using milk!

  18. I love this dish too, I cooked it during the Jamie Oliver was awesome!

  19. Feliz pascua y muchas Bendiciones Mich,abrazos

  20. This is a really different recipe, sound yummy! The chicken looks nice and tender.

  21. This looks amazing and simple.

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