Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Crispy Skin Roasted Chicken

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I used this recipe before for roasting duck. The result turns out great! As the named stated crispy skin! This time I'm using chicken. My kids love it! 

The preparation is not much. As long as is sunny day you shall have no problem to get crispy skin roasted chicken. Why not prepare this oven roasted chicken together with other dishes for coming Chinese New Year reunion dinner?

Adapted and slightly modified from My Little Space


1 whole chicken (I used 1.5kg)
3 cups water
2 tablespoons maltose
1 tablespoons vinegar

2 gloves grated garlic
1 tablespoon grated ginger 
½ teaspoon Chinese 5 spice
1 teaspoon salt

1. Combine water, maltose and vinegar in a wok/a large pot and bring it to boil.

2. Clean the chicken and pat dry. Bath the chicken with the boiling mixture for several times.

3. Tide the neck of the chicken with a string and sun dried for an hour.
*since I had remove the chicken neck I place the chicken upright with a mineral bottle (filled with water so it can stand) inside the cavity.

4. Again bath the chicken for the 2nd time, sun dried again for another 1 ½ hours or till dried & hard skin is formed.

5. Combine all the seasonings and mix well, stuff mixture into the chicken and spread around the inner part. Do not rub mixture over the outer skin!

6. With string tie the chicken feet for easy handling. Wrap the wing tips with foil to prevent burnt. Bake in preheated oven 190'C for about an hour or until the skin is brown and crispy. 


  1. Hi Vivian, your roast chicken look awesome, very well baked. Love your ideas wear "gloves" on the chicken wings to prevent burnt. :)

    Have a nice day.

  2. I am definitely saving this recipe for a hot day! Sounds great, very family friendly recipe.

  3. This is very mouth watering. What is maltose? Not sure where to buy this...

    1. In mandarin is call 麦芽糖. Should be able to get it from bakery supply shops.

  4. Vivian, the skin is so golden brown leh! But aiyo, my place got a lot of cats, they will sure kacau my chicken if I dry it outside LOL!

  5. Hi Vivian, this is a great dish, I already bookmark It. By the way, can I replace the maltose with honey?

    1. I'm not sure is it working or not. Anyway you can try. Do update me then. Happy cooking!

    2. hi vivian, where can i buy maltose in kl?

  6. Hi Vivian! The roast chicken looks very crispy and yummy. I would dry the pork belly, the same way you dry the chicken, before roasting too. The result is a perfect crackling that everyone likes!

  7. Wow, your roasted chicken looks so delicious! This would be a hit in my house! Perfect for the coming festive CNY!

  8. give me the drumstick from the last photo, yum yum!

  9. Viv,
    This is so inviting!!
    My boys will love aunty Vivian very much if they having the drumstick for dinner..LOL

    I must try to cook this lovely roasted chicken this new year..yummy!!

  10. Hi Vivian, I love reading your blog and there are many exciting recipes which I have bookmarked to try. May I know can I use chicken drumsticks for this recipe instead of a whole chicken? btw, I am trying to imagine how you stand the whole chicken on a mineral water bottle. Can you share the pics next time? Thank you!


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  12. Hi vivian, why cant i rub the spice onto the outer skin??

  13. Where do I find Maltose? Which section of a supermarket? I'm in Houston, TX if that helps me any.


  14. What is 'Maltose' actualy ? How it's look like ?


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