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Chicken Under a Brick

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Chicken Under a Brick

Chicken under a Brick - Oven roasted to perfection with rosemary and garlic

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Health Score:
8,1 / 10
35 min.
ready in 2 h. 20 min.
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Nutritional values

Chicken supplies the body with essential amino acids - children, athletes, pregnant and breastfeeding women have an increased need for them. This recipe will also appeal to those who like to experiment with new ways of preparing chicken.

Fibre-rich, low-fat side dishes such as a fresh colourful salad and wholemeal ciabatta go particularly well with it. If you want to save fat, drain the chicken on kitchen paper before serving.

1 serving contains
(Percentage of daily recommendation)
Calorie479 kcal(23 %)
Protein62 g(63 %)
Fat25 g(22 %)
Carbohydrates0 g(0 %)
Sugar added0 g(0 %)
Roughage0 g(0 %)
Vitamin A0.1 mg(13 %)
Vitamin D0 μg(0 %)
Vitamin E0.4 mg(3 %)
Vitamin B₁0.2 mg(20 %)
Vitamin B₂0.5 mg(45 %)
Niacin26.5 mg(221 %)
Vitamin B₆1.3 mg(93 %)
Folate15 μg(5 %)
Pantothenic acid2.1 mg(35 %)
Biotin4.8 μg(11 %)
Vitamin B₁₂0.5 μg(17 %)
Vitamin C0 mg(0 %)
Potassium621 mg(16 %)
Calcium32 mg(3 %)
Magnesium49 mg(16 %)
Iron1.7 mg(11 %)
Iodine25 μg(13 %)
Zinc2.4 mg(30 %)
Saturated fatty acids7.2 g
Uric acid379 mg
Cholesterol216 mg
Development of this recipe:


1 large chicken (1,3 kg, ready to cook)
2 sprigs rosemary
3 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt
gross peppers (from the mill)
How healthy are the main ingredients?
olive oilrosemarychickengarlic clove

Kitchen utensils

1 Skillet, 1 Baking sheet, 1 Small bowl, 1 Cutting board, 1 Large knife, 1 Small knife, 1 Tablespoon, 1 Slotted spatula, 1 Kitchen shears, 1 Aluminum foil, 1 Brick, 1 Poultry shears

Preparation steps

Chicken Under a Brick preparation step 1

Rinse chicken and pat dry. Remove the backbone with poultry shears.

Chicken Under a Brick preparation step 2

Place chicken skin side down on the work surface, pressing firmly to flatten. Place in a shallow dish.

Chicken Under a Brick preparation step 3

Rinse rosemary and shake dry. Remove needles from stem; discard stem. Peel the garlic. Chop both rosemary needles and garlic together.

Chicken Under a Brick preparation step 4

Mix rosemary and garlic with olive oil, salt and pepper and spread on the chicken, placing some of the mixture under the skin. Refrigerate chicken at least 1 hour, preferably marinate the chicken overnight in the refrigerator.

Chicken Under a Brick preparation step 5

Place the chicken with skin side down in a heavy, large ovenproof pan or roasting pan. Wrap a brick in aluminum foil and weight down the chicken with the wrapped brick. Brown the chicken over medium heat for 5 minutes before placing in oven.

Chicken Under a Brick preparation step 6

Preheat oven to 225 ° C (fan: not recommended, gas mark 3-4 or about 425 ° F.) Place on the middle rack and roast for 15 minutes. Remove brick and turn the chicken. Roast for another 20 minutes until cooked through, reducing the heat slightly.

Chicken Under a Brick preparation step 7

Remove the chicken from the oven, tent with aluminum foil and let rest for 5 minutes.