Wild rosehip spiced roast chicken

Wild Rosehip spice mix Roast Chicken

One of the best things about having a market stall is that I am there early in the morning and can cherry pick goods from other stall holders. I usually buy a bag of vegetables, a lot of it is local so it is always seasonal products. This week I saw gooseberries for the first time this year and there are still some local asparagus around.

My stall is almost opposite the butcher and his chicken is the best chicken I have ever bought. It is reared locally, it is free range and delicious. Roast chicken is a Sunday lunch favorite in our house and this week was no different.

Sundays have their own pace, they usually start with a lazy brunch and then a walk on the beach. I love the beach in any weather but hot summer days are always special.

Libby loves to chase dried seaweed and beach bugs, sneaking around, digging in the sand and checking out the odd passer by. There was a blue sky when we settled down and then the clouds rolled in. It was still warm so we enjoyed the day off.

Libby on the beach

The beach is filled with amazing plants, there are different kinds of orchids and this is one of my favorites.


The wild crow garlic is going to seed and it is looking beautiful. The seeds are edible and can be dried and used as a spice.

wild onion

The seeds are not quite ready yet and I had a chicken to cook. I walked past some wild rosehip bushes in bloom, they were so fragrant and I picked some.

wild rosehip

I dried the rosehip petals and decided to use them to make a wild rosehip spice mix.

wild rosehip spice mix

The base is coconut and then various aromatic spices.

I tried the spice mix sprinkled on avocado on toast, on a fried egg, on hummus and I mixed some with oil and used it as a marinade for chicken.

Wild rosehip spiced roast chicken

preparation time 10 minutes

cooking time 1 1/2 hour

oven 175C or 350F

serves 4


  • 1 whole chicken
  • wild rosehip spice mix, or your favorite spice mix, about 2 tbsp
  • enough cooking oil, I used rapeseed oil, to make the spice mix easy to rub on to the chicken
  • a sprinkle of sea salt

Mix the oil and the wild rosehip spice mix. Brush the inside of the chicken with the spice mix and rub the rest on the outside of the chicken.

Place the chicken on an oven tray and roast for 1 1/2 hour until golden.

Roast chicken

I served the chicken with hummus and a salad made with watermelon and feta cheese

Wild Rosehip spice mix Roast Chicken
Wild Rosehip spice mix Roast Chicken

The wild rosehip spice worked a treat with the chicken and I will make this again!

8 Responses to “Wild rosehip spiced roast chicken”
  1. Sounds like a glorious day and a delicious dinner. I love roast chicken on the grill. My mouth is watering.

    • petra08 says:

      hi Liz
      Am so glad you like it 🙂
      Roast chicken is a staple here and the butcher at the market has fantastic chickens, all free range and full of flavour!
      In the summer I think I have watermelon with pretty much everything and it works every time 🙂

  2. My dad used to use wild rosehips in his cooking. 🙂

    • petra08 says:

      I usually pick the rosehip and make jelly and dry some for tea but the petals are amazing. It took me until this summer to actually pick some and use them. They are so fragrant and work so well with coconut that I also use in the spice 🙂

  3. Sandhya says:

    The chicken looks delicious! I have not used wild rosehip and will try it for sure now.

    • petra08 says:

      hi Sandhya
      Thank you! I love the petals and I also pick the rosehip. If you pick the ripe rosehip they might be a little itchy inside so use gloves! I usually make an apple and rosehip jelly, absolutely delicious and no need to touch the inside! 🙂

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