Chicken Tips and Advice


  • Set oven to 200ᵒC/180ᵒC fan/gas mark 6    
  • Whole chicken: 25 minutes per 500g, plus an extra 25 minutes 
  • Breasts: 25-30 minutes
  • Thighs and drumsticks: 25-30 minutes 
  • Wings: 20 minutes

Grill or barbecue

  • Breasts: 7-10 minutes each side
  • Cubes or strips: 5-7 minutes
  • Drumsticks and thighs: 25-30 minutes
  • Wings: 20 minutes

Stir fry
Cubes or strips: 5-7 minutes
Always check that there is no pink meat and that the juices run clear (pierce with a sharp knife or skewer) before serving.


  1. Butterfly the chicken breasts by cutting through the thickest part of the breast, stopping 1cm before the edge, and then open out like a book.
  2. Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, chilli flakes and garlic. Pour half over the chicken and marinate for 15 mins.
  3. Meanwhile, put couscous and sultanas in a bowl, and then pour over a little chicken stock. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave for 5 mins.
  4. Heat a griddle or non-stick frying pan, remove the chicken from the marinade and cook for 4 mins on each side until golden and cooked through.
  5. Fluff up the couscous with a fork and stir in olives, chickpeas and parsley.  Season and serve with the chicken.