Roast Chicken in Milk (Jamie Oliver)

Roast Chicken in Milk is everything a chicken should be:  juicy, fragrant with lemon, sage and cinnamon, and so flavorful you will wish you’d made 2!

I pretty much stuck to Jamie’s recipe with the exception that my pot was bigger than one that would fit the chicken “snugly”, so I added a full quart of whole milk.  If your pot fits your chicken “snugly”, you might want to stick with just 2 1/2 cups, as in the original recipe.




Prepare the seasonings

  1. Remove the sage leaves from the stems.  Reserve stems.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, peel wide strips of peel from the lemons.  Slice peeled lemons in 1/4-1/2” sections.

Brown the Chicken

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.  Heat a heavy, oven-proof pot over Medium-high heat on the stove.  Add 1/2 stick of butter and the olive oil. Season the chicken well with salt and pepper.  Once oil is hot and butter is bubbly, sear the chicken on all sides until it is golden. Remove chicken to a plate, turn heat down to medium-low.  Pour out the butter and olive oil (it should be black at this point.
  2. Stuff the cavity of the chicken with the sliced lemon pieces and the sage stems.  Truss the legs if you like.

Add the Flavoring

  1. Melt remaining 1/4 cup butter to the pot.  Once it melts, add the cinnamon stick and garlic cloves (skin on is fine!) and saute until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Return the stuffed chicken to the pot.  Add the milk, sage leaves and strips of lemon peels.
  3. Optional: Tear a 18” sheet of parchment paper, run it under a little water, and place it over the chicken, tucking it loosely around the chicken. This will retain the moisture nicely during roasting.
  4. Place in preheated oven and roast for 90 minutes, basting the chicken occasionally. If you did not use the parchment method, be sure to pay attention to the amount of sauce in the pot – if it reduces too much, cover the pot half-way to slow it down.
  5. To serve, the chicken should be done enough that you could use a spoon to divide the chicken into quarters for serving.  Serve with remaining sauce (See Notes).

Jamie Oliver Roasted Chicken in Milk


  1. While cooking, you will notice the sauce “curdles” – no worries, as it cooks it will begin to get smoother. When done, the sauce may still be a bit curdled-looking, and it will likely be  cooked down substantially. This is fine, just stir it up with a whisk or spoon and place some on each serving.
  2. It is delicious served with potatoes, bread, or rice, along with sautéed greens.
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