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Honey Chicken

It doesn't get much easier or more delicious than Mary Berry's Honey Chicken from her cookbook and BBC series, Classic. Simply cover the chicken in a tasty marinade and leave the oven to do the hard work.

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Mary Berry


An old favourite of mine and one the family still love. Quick, easy and delicious; if you would like a smaller portion, use the same amount of thighs and drumsticks (6 of each). Tender chicken that comes off the bone easily with a barbecue-style charred appearance and flavour. So easy – just put it in the oven and leave it to do its magic.

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6 chicken legs (about 200g/7oz each), skin on
For the marinade:
6 tbsp tomato ketchup
2 tbsp tomato purée
2 tbsp grainy mustard
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp runny honey
1 garlic clove, crushed


1. Using a sharp knife, make shallow slits in the top of the chicken legs (see tip).

2. Place all the ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl and stir until combined. Add the chicken legs and toss to coat, using your hands to cover them really well in the marinade. Cover the bowl and place in the fridge to marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/Gas 7 and line a roasting tin with baking paper.

4. Place the marinated chicken legs in the lined tin, skin side up in a single layer, and spoon over the remaining marinade from the bowl. Roast in the oven for 35–40 minutes until sticky and golden and cooked through. Skim off any fat from the cooking juices and pour the juices into a jug.

5. Serve hot with the juices poured over, and with a green vegetable and sauté potatoes or mash on the side.

Mary’s Classic Tips:
* Remove the skin from the chicken legs, if you prefer.
* Don’t forget to wash your hands after handling raw poultry.


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From the book: Classic by Mary Berry

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