Ash’s Hay Baked Chicken


large free range chicken
3 sprigs of thyme
2 cloves of garlic
1 lemon zested
1 orange zested
1 tbls of fine salt
3 tbls olive oil
2 handfuls of unsprayed hay
1 heavy cast iron pot

1. In a mortar and pestle pound all the ingredients together and rub into the whole chicken.

2. Heat a medium sized fry pan and place the chicken breast side down and cook until golden around 3 minutes, do the same thing on both sides of the chook.

3. Place the hay into the large cast iron pot and sit the chicken on top making a little well so the hay is covering around ¾ of the chicken.

4. Place lid onto the pot and put in the oven on 200 degrees for 2 hours.

5. After the two hours let the chicken rest for 20 mins then carve and eat!