Spice Rubbed Flattened Roast Chicken


This Moroccan-inspired roast chicken will become your new favourite Sunday night dinner. Making the whole meal in a roasting pan means you can just pop it in the oven and forget about it!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
6 servings


  • cup Gay Lea Spreadables Butter, Cinnamon & Brown Sugar

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon pepper

  • 1 (2 1/2 to 3 pound) whole chicken

  • 1 pound baby potatoes

  • 2 large carrots, scrubbed and sliced

  • 2 large parsnips, scrubbed and sliced

  • 2 green onions, roughly chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Blend Spreadables butter with ginger, lemon zest, cumin, garlic, salt, and pepper until well combined; set aside.

  2. Place chicken, back-side-up, with neck facing away on a cutting board. Use a chef's knife or poultry shears to cut along each side of the backbone. Remove and discard backbone. Turn chicken over; turn legs drumsticks-inward and press on breastbone to flatten. Place chicken, cut-side-down in a roasting pan.

  3. Melt 3 tablespoons (45 mL) butter mixture; toss with potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and green onions. Scatter around chicken.

  4. Carefully loosen skin over breast meat, legs, and thighs using fingertips. Spread remaining butter mixture evenly under and over skin of chicken.

  5. Roast, basting occasionally, for 60 to 75 minutes (or until an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees F/74 degrees C in thigh and breast meat).

  6. Cover and rest for 10 minutes. Carve chicken into portions and serve with vegetables.


Use Spreadables Butter, Original flavour instead of the Cinnamon & Brown Sugar for an equally delicious roast.

Replace the roasted vegetables with hot, prepared couscous or rice tossed with the melted butter mixture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

458 Calories
23g Fat
33g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 458
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 343mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 32mg 159%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 961mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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