Monday, February 24, 2014

Chicken in Milk (Jamie Oliver)

Imagine eating roast chicken with a glass of milk... Sound odd, isn't it? Cooking chicken in milk with lemons sounds even more bizarre to me... Interestingly, this odd-chicken-and-milk Jamie Oliver's recipe is indeed a must-try recipe!

I remember first knowing this deliciously-odd dish at Jeannie's blog, Baking Diary and then at Lena's blog, Frozen Wings. Both Jeannie and Lena cooked this dish after reading Wendy's blog, Table for 2 at this. I must admit that I'm a little too slow joining the trend of cooking this dish but it is better late than never *wink*

This is what I did to bake my chicken in milk...
  • Wendy, Jeannie and Lena had cooked theirs with a combination of 2 cups of milk and 1/4 cup of cream and I like stick on to do what they did to cook this dish. 
  • As mentioned by Jeannie and Wendy, the addition of sage is a must and I did the same too.
  • Instead of using a whole chicken or chicken thighs with skins, I took a big risk to bake a healthier option. Yes that I have used SKINLESS chicken thighs! And, guess what? They are really really really good. No regrets at all using this option.
  • I have baked the same amount of chicken in a larger tray with extra amount of milk and cream and managed to have all chicken well-covered and baked with golden brown milky surfaces.
Like Jeannie, Lena and Wendy mentioned, we are all very impressive with this chicken in milk dish too. The golden brown crust on the chicken look "cheesy" and taste yummy. The slightly-salty and curdly-reduced milky gravy is simply superb and it can make everything plain like rice, bread, mashed potatoes or steamed vegetable extra appetizing.

Dad: This cheesy topping is yummy!
Boy: More chicken, please!!! I want to eat the garlic too!

Mum didn't say anything. Just smile and serve :)

chicken in milk Jamie Oliver
My skinless version of chicken in milk
I thought of baking this for LTU, milk in May but can't wait any longer... baking this for LTU, lemon :)
Sage - an irreplaceable must for this dish
I'm being a little "naughty" using double thick cream but only used 1/3 cup.
Using a stove-oven friendly tray is an extra bonus to create more flavour in this dish.
Just assemble and bake... Easy!
After 1 hr 20 mins of baking...
Extremely impressed with this golden brown cheesy-looking crusts...
... and this slightly-salty and curdly-reduced milky gravy :)

These chicken and milk gravy are too delicious. I have set aside a portion to freeze and served the remaining. Funny that the amount that I served is not enough for us, resulting my desperate son eating all the milk-roasted garlic too - LOL!

Here's the recipe from Jamie Oliver
(with my modification in blue)

1.5 kg chicken
(I used skinless chicken thighs, about 11 pieces)
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
olive oil
1/2 stick cinnamon
(I forgot to add - ops!)
1 good handful fresh sage, leaves picked
(about 10g)
zest of 2 lemons
(I added zest of 3 lemons)
10 cloves garlic, skin left on
(I used 15)
565 ml milk
(replaced with 750ml + 1/3 cup double thick cream)


Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5 (or 170°C fan forced), and find a snug-fitting pot (Mine is 24 cm x 35 cm stove-friendly baking tray) for the chicken. Season it generously all over, and fry it in a little olive oil, turning the chicken to get an even colour all over, until golden. Remove from the heat, put the chicken on a plate, and throw away the oil left in the pot. This will leave you with tasty sticky goodness at the bottom of the pan which will give you a lovely caramel flavour later on.

Put your chicken back in the pot with the rest of the ingredients, and cook in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours (I baked mine for 1 hr 20 mins). Baste with the cooking juice when you remember - Yes, I did. The lemon zest will sort of split the milk, making a sauce which is absolutely fantastic.

To serve, pull the meat off the bones and divide it onto your plates. Spoon over plenty of juice and the little curds. Serve with wilted spinach or greens and some mashed potato.

Note: Using 1 1/2 of recipe containing zest of 3 lemons, 3 cup of milk and 1/3 cup of double thick cream , I have cooked and baked 11 chicken thighs (skinless) in a large stove-friendly baking dish, 24 cm x 35 cm at 170°C fan forced for 1 hr 20 mins..

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  1. wow ...... sound so good ! must very delicious.

  2. Hi Zoe

    This is an absolutely delicious dish for the family. I always thought how well the milk will go with the chicken and now I know I should give a try soon too!

  3. Hi Zoe, this is yummy! I cook this very often for friends and family. Everyone loves it.

  4. Zoe, it does look good but I am generally adverse to cooking with milk because I don't drink milk hah..hah...

  5. Chicken with milk.. yeah, that also sounds weird to me, but it looks so good I might even consider it! :D

  6. Yum! Yum! Yum! I want some too! I was of two minds whether to take off the skin too but stuck to the original...perhaps I'll try it again without the skin!

  7. Is there anything I can use to replace chicken?

    1. Hi Andre,

      I'm not sure if you can use any protein to substitute chicken in this dish. Chicken is still the best option for me :D



  8. If I were to mention that I am cooking from JO cookbook to my husband, he will definitely frown! He didn't quite enjoy JO recipes (or I did not cook it right ;P), but this looks real yummy.
    Wonder if I were to cook this and see his reaction before I reveal who was the mastermind behind the scrumptious meal ;P

  9. This is one dish that I have been bookmarked for a long time.

  10. hmmm! Dit ziet er heel lekker uit.

  11. Awee...can't just wait to try this dish, it looks so so yummmyyy...

  12. Hmmm, the pictures of this dish do attempt me to make my own one, hahaha. You are a risk-taker too, Zoe, bravo!

  13. Zoe, I noticed you like using Jamie Oliver's recipes. Mmmm..... maybe I should try some day. I've cooked these before, but I usually use wings cause I'm afraid the meat may turned out tough. Yours look real good!

  14. Dear...itz a great chicken treat for ur family...not only the dad and the son....while seeing d too feel like grabbing it from my laptop screen...My husband and kid are big fans of chicken in any mode.......I bookmarked.....! Will try this :)

  15. Hi Zoe, This dish looks mouthwatering ! I must give this a go & I'm sure it's tasty as I often cook pork with milk during winter time . And it's very comforting! YUM ;)

  16. passo per salutarti e per ammirare la tua buonissima ricetta.
    Buona sera.

  17. I love (roast) chicken. And I love milk. And I guess I have to do this (when I'm free).
    It looks so delicious, ya know, every post, gawd, you really "yau sum kei" leh..

  18. Hi Yen, this dish looks so delicious! It's my family kind of dish.
    Chicken and milk complement so well. I'll try it out.

  19. Sure looks so yummy! This is going on my weekend dinner menu!

  20. Hi Zoe,
    Wow, these looks yummy! I would go all out and use chicken thighs WITH skins! Haha! I usually cook chicken at home without the skins, but for roasting and baking, it would always be "on"!!
    We love chicken dish, especially roasted or baked, these would be a knockout in my house!

  21. It's dinner time, wish your dish would jump out of the screen and land on my dining table :))

  22. Interesting! Chicken,milk and lemon... so unexpected! But this looks so delicious.I love your lemon pics too.

  23. It sounds odd but it does look delicious especially when you add cream to the sauce! I have tried your sticky rids the other night for dinner, only I chop the rid into pieces liked long ribs and it is so delicious!

  24. Hola! Gracias por pasarte por mi dulce blog y quedarte. Yo también me quedo por aquí siguiéndote.
    Gracias por tu receta del pollo con leche. Lo haré!!!

  25. I reckon thyme would be really nice in this dish too! I know a lot of chefs like to poach chicken and fish in milk, so I imagine this would be tasty too!

  26. Mmm...I feel like I can smell the heavenly-ness of it from here - this is amazing ^.^

  27. This looks wonderful! I am always looking for new ways to make chicken and have never tried adding milk - it sounds awesome and can't wait to give this a try :)