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Quickest Roast Chicken

Next week is my last week in New York City. I’m in the process of packing up my little apartment and sending everything home to Australia where I will join it in September after travelling down the West Coast of America (ROAD TRIP! Sightseeing suggestions welcome…).

New York is a city that changes you. It becomes a character in your story that exerts its influence whether you like it or not. New York made me focus. It made me prioritise what was important in my life, because there is no way you can do everything it offers. I was quite surprised to find that my priorities included simple, uncontrived things: cooking, friends, family, nature. The antithesis to a pulsating metropolis.

When I’ve told seasoned New Yorkers that I’m leaving, a look of pity crosses their faces and they nod in an understanding way. “You couldn’t take the pace”, they state, implying that they are made of tougher stuff than I. They may be right. Or I just miss home, the ocean, and stars. And a slower pace of life. And Melbourne coffee shops. I have loved my time here and will miss the convenience, the culture and the variety of people and experiences I encountered every day. Those interactions will stay with me as I head home to a wide open sky.

I’ll still be blogging while I’m travelling, though not as often as I have been. Here’s to new adventures!

Quickest Roast Chicken

For this post, I thought I’d make something from one of the projects I worked on at Martha Stewart, as a way to mark the end of a chapter. We developed a daily video recipe starring Sarah Carey, Everyday Food magazine’s Editor in Chief. Sarah’s knowledge of food is extensive but it’s her enthusiasm for cooking simple meals and making it an enjoyable part of your day that is infectious. Watch her videos and you want to cook.

This recipe turns what is traditionally a Sunday dinner into an any-night dinner by cutting up, or spatchcocking, a chicken so it roasts in 30 minutes. Instead of potatoes, a can of chickpeas is emptied into the chicken juices and roasted till they are slightly crunchy and very flavoursome. Serve this with a crisp green salad and you have a meal that looks like it was much more effort than it is. Great for a Friday night dinner party.

Watch Sarah in action and learn how to spatchcock a chicken:

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Quickest Roast Chicken

Serves 4


  • 1 spatchcocked chicken
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • Fresh lemon or lime juice (for serving)
  • Fresh herb like parsley, coriander or basil (for serving)


Preheat oven to 260C/500F degrees. Season chicken with coarse salt and ground pepper and place, breast side up, in a pan. Roast 15 minutes. Remove from oven and add chickpeas, rinsed and drained, to pan.

Roast chicken until juices run clear when pierced between breast and leg, about 15 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes. Drizzle with fresh lime or lemon juice and sprinkle with fresh herb leaves before carving.

(From Everyday Food with Sarah Carey)

26 thoughts on “Quickest Roast Chicken

  1. christinechevalier says:

    Are you going to visit Canada before yo leave the Americas?

    1. Amelia says:

      Not on this trip sadly. I studied in Toronto years ago, and have also visited Vancouver and Banff. I love Canada, just haven’t made it up there this time. Maybe next time!

      1. christinechevalier says:

        I hope you’ll continue writing your blog when back in Melbourne, I really enjoy your recipes – Cheers et Bon Voyage!

      2. Amelia says:

        Thanks Christine!

  2. ajantzi says:

    Have fun on your road trip! I can’t wait to see what you discover on your new adventure!

  3. Good ‘on ya as my Tasmanian friend (also gone home after 20 years as an expat in Japan) would say! How lucky you are to have discovered this already. Australian stars sound good to me. Keep blogging.

  4. raymbo says:

    I do hope you will continue your blogging when you’re back in Melbourne. Your writing style is like a letter from a friend, the food is great, the recipes doable, and the photographs are super. Have a wonderful journey home.

    1. Amelia says:

      Thank you! They are lovely things to say.

  5. Ann Mah says:

    As the witty Susan Orlean once tweeted, “Transitions in life, and in writing, are hard.” Moving ain’t no joke, but I look forward to reading about your road trip and — I hope! — adventures in Australia! And I LOVE this roast chicken and chickpea recipe — so innovative!

  6. MyBlissPoint says:

    I also hope you continue your blog and enjoy your trip. See the red woods in northern California, that is my only recommendation. Travel safe.

  7. Amelia says:

    Thank you all for your gorgeous comments. I do plan to continue blogging and sharing Australian-inspired simple recipes.

  8. DRC says:

    Proud of you darling.

  9. redteakettle says:

    Good luck on your trip! If you make it out to Southern California be sure to check out Los Olivos! It’s a great little town with so much to offer:) And if you make it to LA- drop me an email and we can meet for tea! Happy journeys:)

  10. Much success to you, Amelia! I can very much relate to how you feel, leaving New York for other (figurative) pastures, but one must follow one’s heart, and when you do that, you can never go wrong. As far as travel recommendations, if you make it out to the Santa Barbara area of CA, the Solvang area is just lovely wine country, and a perfect place to rent a bicycle and go touring. Just gorgeous. And, of course, there’s the crumpet place in Seattle — a must-eat! Happy travels and packing, Amelia!

    1. Amelia says:

      Wine country = yes please. Thanks Christina.

  11. I only just started reading your blog. I’m happy to hear you’re headed on a new journey. This recipe sounds so delicious, I’m about to head to the store for ingredients I don’t have right now.
    I hope you intend to keep blogging. I’ve really enjoyed your stuff so far!

  12. Felicity Phillips says:

    I have only just started reading your blog and being an Australian who lived in London for 8 years and returned to Melbourne in 2011 I can relate to you wanting to return home. Look forward to reading about your return home and life back in Melbourne. Can’t wait to try the roast chicken recipe!

  13. amylou2x says:

    This looks amazing, I’m always looking to try out new ways to roast a chicken.

  14. GAH! I want to comment on everything, but each “related post” is even better than the one previous! I MUST read more!

    1. Amelia says:

      Yay! I’m glad you like the recipes! Welcome :)

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