Coco-For-Garlic & TamarindOh Roast Chicken (with ESSIE Spice)

Roast chicken is the optimal lazy evening food. I’ve made, like, 10 versions of roast chicken on this blog alone. It’s just so easy to make and so little thought required! Besides having to defrost the chicken, if it has been hanging out in the freezer. Otherwise, it’s a matter of seasoning and bunging into the oven. So whatever seasoning you slap onto the bird will make it either great or… well, it’ll be great no matter what. It’s just a matter of being great or greater :-).

On Monday, I showcased one of Essie Spice‘s products that I received as as a result of winning an Instagram contest. Today, I’m gonna use another 2 of those spices in today’s recipe. You know, the wonderful thing about these spices is how they all seem to complement one another when used together!

Because both these seasonings are pasty, it’s perfect to coat the outside of the chicken well. Coco-For-Garlic contains coconut oil, spices & loads of roasted garlic whereas Tamarind Oh is tangy with tamarind concentrate, ginger, spices and the most interesting flavour profile of all, guava paste! We usually enjoy guava raw here but to see it used in a spice paste really intrigued me. Tasting it out of the jar, you really get a hit of that guava floral fragrance.
Coco-For Garlic & Tamarind-Oh Roast Chicken 1

The chicken looks nice and slathered up, ready for spa.
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Excuse the plastic table. We’re in the process of getting a real, adult-like dining table. Meanwhile, just distract yourself with the gorgeous char on the roast chicken.
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The slightly spicy, sour, smoky, savoury spice blend (alliteration win!!) makes this perfect both with rice & salad!
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Sorry I didn’t get better pictures. We were HANGRY. 😉
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This, as always, served us 3 full delicious meals. One good hour in the oven does it all.

More Roast Chicken ideas:

Lemon Honey Glazed Chicken 3Oven Steamed Chicken with Shitake & Thyme 3Italian Herb Roast Chicken 8Tomato Honey Glazed Chicken 5Middle Eastern Roast Chicken 11Nam Yee Baked Chicken & Warm Salad 10Lemongrass Chicken 11Butternut Squast & Lemon Chicken 4


“He hath made every thing beautiful in His time: also He hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” {Ecclesiastes 3:11}

**I was not asked to review any Essie Spice products. I received my winnings & decided to try them out with my family. We loved every one of those spice jars & I decided to blog about them. 🙂

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Coco-For-Garlic & TamarindOh Roast Chicken with ESSIE Spice
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Fusion
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 small Roasting Chicken (1.2 kg or 2.5lbs), spatchcocked
  • 2 tbsp Coco-For-Garlic sauce
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind Oh glaze
  • 1½ tsp Salt (more to taste)
  • ½ tsp freshly ground Pepper
  • 1 Russet Potato, skin on & cubed
  • 1 bulb Garlic, broken into cloves
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  1. Preheat oven to 400F or 200C.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together Coco-For-Garlic sauce, Tamarind Oh glaze, 1 tsp salt & ¼ tsp pepper. Rub all over underside & skin side of chicken.
  3. Lay the chicken skin side up on roasting pan.
  4. In another small bowl, mix olive oil, ½ tsp salt & ¼ tsp pepper. Toss potato cubes & garlic cloves in.
  5. Scatter in & around chicken.
  6. Roast for 1 hour, or until juices of the chicken run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pricked.
  7. Serve with a fresh salad & rice!


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