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Spicy lemon baby chicken – Succulent meal for the family

Enjoy an infusion of flavours with this zesty baby chicken recipe. It’s succulent, soft and so juicy.

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Organisations are calling on government to remove tariffs and VAT on chicken. Image: Adobe.

Looking for a mouth-watering Sunday lunch to prepare for the family? This spicy lemon baby chicken recipe may just be the right one for you. It is loaded with flavour and contains a perfect balance of spices.

This recipe makes use of two baby chickens for that extra soft and succulent taste experience. Combined with lemon to give that zesty tingle on the tongue, this recipe is truly palatable.

I used to prepare this spicy lemon baby chicken recipe for Nelson Mandela and his family from time to time. He was a lover of spicy food, so I always made sure I had a few spicy recipes up my sleeve. He was also very fond of hot curry.

Marinating this spicy lemon baby chicken for an hour as explained in the recipe method is very important to obtain that infusion of strong flavours.

Serve this appetising meal with a colourful garden salad and/or veggies of your choice.

Spicy lemon baby chicken recipe

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Xoliswa Ndoyiya Course: MainCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy


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  • 2 2 baby chickens

  • 1 cup 1 fresh lemon juice.

  • ½ cup ½ olive oil

  • 2 cloves 2 garlic, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon ½ paprika

  • salt and pepper

  • 1 teaspoon 1 dried oregano

  • 2 teaspoons 2 crushed dried chillies


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper and paprika.
  • Grill the chicken for 30 minutes turning once until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and cut each into halves.
  • Whisk the lemon juice with the oil, chillies, garlic and oregano. Pour over the chicken and leave it to marinate for 1 hour.
  • Place the chicken in an ovenproof dish and grill for 5 to minutes or until very brown. Turn each half and baste with the liquid. Grill for a further 2 minutes. You may add a little more lemon and oil to taste.
  • Place the chicken in a serving dish. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh oregano.
  • Serve with a garden salad or vegetables of your choice.


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