Gizzi Erskine's Vietnamese pot roast chicken recipe

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Spice up your roast dinner with Gizzi Erskine's exotic pot roast chicken recipe from episode 1 of the new Channel 4 series, Cook Yourself Thin

  • healthy
  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins (not including marinating time)
Cooking Time1 hours (may need an extra 10 mins)
Total Time1 hours 15 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories370 Kcal19%
Fat23 g33%

Spice up your roast dinner with Gizzi Erskine's exotic pot roast chicken recipe from episode 1 of the new Channel 4 series, Cook Yourself Thin


  • 1tsp ground nut oil
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 3cm fresh root ginger, peeled
  • 1-2 Thai birds eye chillies
  • ½tsp turmeric
  • 3-4 Kaffir lime leaves, sliced
  • A small bunch coriander, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large whole chicken
  • 300ml Asian beer, preferably a Vietnamese beer
  • 400ml fresh chicken stock
  • 1tbsp fish sauce
  • 1tbsp palm sugar
  • Boiled rice, to serve
  • Pak choi, to serve




  1. Place the garlic, ginger, chillies, turmeric, lime leaves, coriander, oil, salt and pepper into a food processor and blitz until it becomes a smooth paste.
  2. With your hands gently rub under the skin of the chicken to detach it from the carcass then rub the marinade all over the chicken, and underneath the skin of the chicken. You can slash the legs two or three times so that the marinade can permeate into the meat. Leave to marinate for at least two hours but the longer you leave it the better it will taste so I would suggest doing it for the full 24 hours.
  3. Heat the oven to 200ºC. Place the chicken into a deep Dutch oven casserole dish. Cover with the beer, stock, fish sauce and palm sugar, pop the lid on and roast in the oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes remove the lid and finish baking with the lid off for another 30-40 mins or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the oven then leave to rest for 15 mins.
  4. Remove the chicken from the pot. There should be about an inch of sauce in the pan. Taste the sauce. It may need to be seasoned. Carve the chicken and serve with boiled rice and pak choi with the sauce poured over.
Top Tip for making Gizzi Erskine's Vietnamese pot roast chicken

Palm sugar is a sugar from South Asia. You may be able to find it in the 'World Foods' section at your local supermarket, but if you can't get it, you could use a low-calorie sweetener instead.

Gizzi Erskine is the phenomenal chef behind many of the nation’s much-loved cookery programmes such as Cook Yourself Thin, Cookery School, The Wine Show and Cooks to market. She has also appeared as a chef on daytime television shows, such as Good Morning Britain. Born as Griselda Erskine in Dumfries, Scotland in 1979, Gizzi moved to London with her parents as a child. She graduated top of her year from the prestigious Leith’s School of Food and Wine before going on to launch her career as a chef. Since 2010, Gizzi has released eight cookery books focused around foolproof meals and a love of eating. Her first book, Gizzi’s Kitchen Magic (opens in new tab) gave readers a break from the pressure of creating fantastic (but one-off) recipes and focused our attention on how to create great meals every time. Within just one book she covered how to master pasta dough and pastry, as well as tips on how to make perfect poached eggs and other exciting recipes. Gizzi Erskine is perhaps most renowned however, for her passion for pop-up eateries. She has been on many ventures inspired by food from all over the world including Korea, Lebanon and California. In 2020, she launched The Nitery on St Martin’s Lane in London, in the space once occupied by famous fusion restaurant, Asia de Cuba. Previously, Gizzi ran a vegan pop-up burger bar in Shoreditch, London. Her most recent book, Slow, was released in 2018. It encourages readers to take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life and take time to create something special in the kitchen. If you’re looking to do the same, we’ve got plenty of Gizzi’s most famous recipes (opens in new tab) to indulge in on our site. You might enjoy her Instagram-famous chicken katsu curry (opens in new tab) recipe, or this Vietnamese pot roast chicken (opens in new tab). If you’re looking for dessert, then Gizzi’s unique recipes for ice cream (opens in new tab), cake and cookies will appeal to any sweet tooth. Gizzi lives in East London, in an apartment that marks her passion for the loud and lairy, with her two cats, Ponzu and Kimchi.