Nigella Lawson’s Buttermilk Roast Chicken

By Nigella Lawson

Buttermilk Roast Chicken RecipeNigella Lawson’s Buttermilk Roast Chicken


  • 12 chicken drumsticks (approximately 3 pounds total weight)
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, bruised and skins removed
  • 1 tablespoon crushed peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon Maldon salt, sea salt or 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup


  1. Place the chicken drumsticks in a large freezer bag. Add the buttermilk, 1/4 cup of oil, the bruised garlic cloves and the crushed peppercorns and salt. Sprinkle in the ground cumin and finally add the maple syrup. Squish everything in the freezer bag around to mix the marinade and coat the chicken.
  2. Leave the buttermilk marinated chicken in the fridge ideally overnight or out of the fridge for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  4. Take the chicken pieces out of the bag shaking off the excess marinade, and then arrange them in a roasting tin lined with foil.
  5. Drizzle over the 2 remaining tablespoons of oil, and then roast in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until brown, even scorched in parts, and juicily cooked through.

More Articles on Nigella Lawson

In the Kitchen with Nigella Lawson

Best Foodie Apps

Will Read for Food: Best Cookbooks for Dining Single