Before getting married & having kids, I used to hate anything cooked with bones; mainly whole chicken. It was such a hassle to eat; I always preferred fillet!

Then my cooking obsession started & I learnt that poultry cooked “bone in” yields the juiciest results.

And GOD! Whole chicken is so easy to cook; you just marinade it, throw it in the oven or over the stove & it takes care of itself! SPOT ON for busy & lazy days or actually any day!

PLEASE Don’t be intimidated by cooking whole chicken because I used to!

The most difficult part for me was washing this “horribly smelling” bird!

Here is my trick; wash the chicken inside out very well under tap water “cold not hot” then soak it in water with vinegar, flour & 1/4 tsp ground coffee granules for about 15-20 minutes! Rinse it very well inside out & pat it dry with tissue paper!

The most difficult part is over!

Second comes the marination! 

All you need here is just 3 ingredients! Marinade overnight! Cook over the stove then broil in the oven! Literally, lunch will be served in 45 minutes max! The combination of sweet chili, BBQ & soy or hoison creates an amazing taste! It is as if you are creating a new barbecue-y sauce that has the sweetness & spice of the sweet chili along with the sourness of the hoisin/soy sauce!

Serve it with jasmine or turmeric rice & comfort food won’t be any easier or tastier!


  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 whole chicken (1100 gm) cut into 4 or 8 pieces (bone in – skin on)
  • 1 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 3 Tbsp hoison or soy sauce
  • salt & pepper


  1. Season chicken with salt & pepper.
  2. Mix all the marinade ingredients together. Coat the chicken well with the marinade rubbing some under the skin. Cover with plastic wrap & refrigerate overnight.
  3. Get the chicken out 30 minutes before cooking.
  4. Pour the chicken with the marinade into an oven proof pan.
  5. Cook uncovered on the stove over high heat until the sauce starts to boil.
  6. Once the sauce boils, lower the heat to medium low, cover the pan & cook for 35-45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.
  7. Open the oven broiler, scoop some sauce over the chicken & broil until the chicken takes a nice deep reddish color & the sauce gets sticky.
  8. Serve immediately.


  • The chicken has to be marinated overnight otherwise the taste won’t be the same.
  • If the sauce dries out during cooking on the stove, add little water; about 1/4 cup at a time. 
  • The cooking time is calculated on a 1100 gm chicken so in case you have a bigger one, the cooking time will increase accordingly. 
  • Sweet Chili, Barbecue & Hoison/Soy sauce are available in all large supermarkets.

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