Kiwi Maori Style Roast Chicken

Moist and Tender Roast Chicken

Basting, Stuffing and Roasting Tips for Juicy and Flavoursome Meat


There are four secrets to a succulent New Zealand style roast chicken鈥攂asting or glazing, stuffing, turning and of course, adding gravy.

Stuffing the Chicken

Stuffing the chicken’s body cavity with a bready mixture of herbs, spices and onion ensures the chicken does not dry out inside, and helps to promote even cooking. Traditional stuffings contain the innards of the chicken; nowadays, when chickens tend to be purchased frozen, homemade stuffings tend to be vegetarian. Stuffings can be as simple as inserting a whole lemon into the body cavity, or they can be complicated cooked mixtures.

Never add salt to stuffing, as it draws the moisture out of the meat.

Basting or Glazing

The simplest form of basting is spooning the juices of the chicken back over the top, in order to keep the meat from drying out and infuse the flavour back into the flesh. To add an extra kick of flavour, a glaze may be brushed over the chicken several times during cooking. New Zealand Glazes often contain some form of sugar, which caramelises during baking and adds a rich brown colour to the surface of the meat. Sugary glazes are best added towards the end of the roasting time, however, or they may burn. Simple sugary glazes include balsamic vinegar, sweet chilli sauce or plum sauce. Soy sauce can be added to these mixtures to thin and colour them.

A more complicated glaze can add a richness of flavour to the meat. One particularly nice combination that we use in Wellington is a thin mixture of red wine vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, soy sauce and tomato sauce.

Turning the Chicken During Cooking

Never roast a chicken in a pan designed to let the juices run off during baking. Remember, fat is flavour! Dieters may blush, but the best way to ensure a flavoursome and moist result is to bathe the chicken in its own juices. Place your chicken breast-side down in the pan; this way, the thick breast meat will absorb the juices as they run off. Halfway through baking time, turn the chicken over to allow the breast to brown and avoid a stewed texture, but continue to baste lest the meat dry out.

An oven bag is also an excellent way to obtain moisture. Some cooks like to raise the humidity of the oven itself by placing a pan of water on the shelf below the roast.

Making Chicken Gravy

In the bustle of pre-dinner preparations, it is tempting to skip the gravy. However, your tastebuds will thank you if you make the effort. Gravy is a concentrated form of the flavours of your roast, stuffing and glaze, and enhances both the flavour and moistness of the meat.

Making Christchurch-style gravy is simple. Remove the roast and any vegetables from the pan鈥攁 roast should sit for a few minutes before being carved in any case. Shake a few tablespoons of flour into the pan juices and whisk, still in the pan, over a hot element until the juices thicken into a sauce. Some prefer to spoon the fat from the top of the juices first, but this is optional. Usually in New Zealand we skip this step completely. Salt and pepper may be added as desired, and water may be added to the gravy to make up the required amount.

Light NZ Springtime Menu

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If you鈥檙e searching for a charming spring menu to serve family or friends, look no further than these two flavourful offerings. Auberge du Pommier鈥檚 own Chef Jason Bangerter offers up two delightful dishes to make any warm-weather repast a spring or summertime celebration.

Starting off with Chef Bangerter鈥檚 cold Spring Pea Soup, your guests will marvel at the sweetness of springtime peas bursting with flavour layered with a host of fresh herbs (the secret to this wonderful soup). Follow this up with chef鈥檚 simple yet effective seared speckled trout, a salad or steamed French green beans dressed with a little Dijon vinaigrette and you have a light, memorable meal in the making.

All recipes are compliments of Chef Bangerter.

Auberge du Pommier鈥檚 Spring Pea Soup Recipe


  • 2 Shallots thinly sliced
  • 2 Cloves of garlic
  • 5 grams Ginger root
  • 2 cups Fresh shucked blanched peas
  • 4 cups Chicken stock or vegetable nage
  • 陆 cup Dry white wine
  • 1 cup Packed, fine herb leaves-basil, mint, coriander, tarragon, parsley, dill and chervil (stems reserved for broth)
  • 1oz. Extra virgin olive oil (to sweat the vegetables)


  1. In a pan (over low heat) sweat shallot, ginger and garlic until tender and translucent.
  2. Deglaze with white wine and reduce by 2/3rds.
  3. Add water or vegetable stock to cover ingredients in the pan.
  4. (At this time you can place a sachet of the herb stems to perfume stock). *Food Trends Tip: you can use a piece of cheesecloth tied with some kitchen twine for this task.
  5. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Add fresh herb and peas.
  7. Just as the peas soften remove from heat and pur茅e to fine velvety texture.
  8. Pass and chill over ice.

Chef鈥檚 Note: Serve soup with a piece of poached or grilled fish. The soup can be served as an appetizer or even as small shooter as a patio canap茅.

Seared Speckle Trout Recipe


  • 2oz. Vegetable oil
  • 1 Trout
  • 2oz. Butter


  1. Filet the fish.
  2. De-bone and cut into portions.
  3. In a hot pan slick with oil, place the seasoned trout (salt and pepper) portion into the pan skin side down.
  4. Saut茅 until golden and crispy. Flip the fish and add the butter.
  5. Baste with the melted butter to finish.
  6. Season with lemon juice.

Starting Your Journey In Style


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