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BOTW (Asian) Whole Roasted Chicken

September 16, 2020

BOTW (Asian) Whole Roasted Chicken

There's a lot of recipes for whole roasted chicken. In Breath of the Wild it looks like Link uses maybe salt and pepper, and a lot of fire. This version is a bit different with Asian flavors, but of course you're welcome to use other seasonings and rubs while using this cooking method.

The main argument a lot of folks have with roasting chicken is do I roast the chicken with the breast side up or down? Do I truss the legs? After trail and error, the answer that I have found: breast side down, truss the legs. It keeps the meat moist throughout and evenly cooked. Truss the legs, breast side down, roast it then flip it breast side up to crisp up and brown the skin on other side. You'll get a whole roasted chicken with actual moist meat throughout, with a beautiful and tasty presentation.

Asian Spiced Whole Roasted Chicken



1 whole chicken, about 2 1/2 – 3 lbs
4 garlic cloves, pounded
1-inch piece ginger, peeled and sliced




3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
Pinch of pepper




  1. Use fork to poke holes all over chicken. Mix the Marinade ingredients in a small bowl and rub it generously on the skin of the chicken and also the cavity. Insert the garlic and ginger inside the cavity and truss the legs.
  2. Transfer it into a Ziploc bag. Pour the remaining Marinade into the bag and marinate the chicken overnight. Turn bag halfway for even marinading.
  3. Take the chicken out of the plastic bag, discard the garlic and ginger in the cavity. Truss the legs again if needed.
  4. Heat oven to 400 Degrees F. Place chicken into roasting pan breast side down, and wrap with foil. Roast for 1 hour (if your chicken is over 3lbs: for every pound over 3lbs, roast for additional 10 minutes). Remove from oven and remove aluminum foil, flip chicken to breast side up. Return to oven and roast for another 30 minutes.


Breath of the Wild Whole Roasted Chicken Real Life Recipe

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