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Heroin Chicken - Does Not Contain Actual Heroin

This is a recipe adopted from NoCrumbsLeft
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, Middle Eastern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Author ChihYu


  • 1 large roasting butterflied chicken
  • 3 tbsp black peppercorns crushed
  • 4 tbsp good olive oil
  • 6 Garlic cloves peeled and crushed
  • 2 tbsp of sumac or more if you like
  • About 2 cups of fresh flat leaf parsley chopped
  • 1 fresh lemon juice or more if you like
  • 2-3 tbsp sea salt


  • Marinate the chicken for at least 24 hours (Best: 48 hrs) with black pepper, olive oil, garlic, parsley, lemon juice, sumac, and sprinkle liberally with salt.
  • Make sure the marinade and spices are rubbed in and cover the chicken evenly. Breast side down and cover with plastic wrap. Store it in fridge until you roast it.
  • (If you marinate the chicken for 2 days, flip it over once until you roast it.)
  • Pre-heat the oven to 420F. Roast the chicken skin-side up for 25 minutes.
  • When it starts to brown, turn it down to 400F for another 20-25 minutes.
  • Turn the oven temperature up to 420F for the last 5 minutes until the meat is cooked through and the juice runs clean.
  • Serve with baked root vegetables, squash, or potatoes.