French roast chicken with tonka bean
This is an original French Roast Chicken flavoured with Tonka bean. WARNING: DO NOT CONSUME TONKA BEANS IN LARGE OR UNCOOKED DOSES. They would be toxic.
Recipe type: Roast meat
Cuisine: French
  • 1 chicken
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 10 small potatoes (or as many as you can fit in the dish)
  • 6 onions
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Tonka bean
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 twig of fresh lemon thyme
  1. Peel the onions, keep them whole.
  2. Brush and clean the potatoes, keep the skin.
  3. Sprinkle olive oil in a large oven dish. Massage the chicken with olive oil. Place chicken in the dish.
  4. Place onions & potatoes around the chicken.
  5. Grate the Tonka bean to obtain a teaspoon and sprinkle it over the chicken.
  6. Sprinkle cinnamon, salt, pepper.
  7. Put in the oven according to the weight (see blog post for help) at 180°C (356°F).
  8. After 40 min prick the chicken so that the fat comes out to confit the potatoes and onions.
  9. When the chicken is cooked: 1,5kg = 1h30 cut it in the smaller bits possible and press down each piece in the juice. Stab the pieces discretely with a thin sharp knife each white piece in several places to allow the juice to soak the flesh.
  10. Sprinkle fresh lemon thyme, a little bit of cinnamon, grate Tonka bean, salt and pepper.
  11. It's ready! Serve with a mash such as potatoes + celeriac, or + carrots, or + leeks, or + Jerusalem artichokes, or + fennel, etc.
Recipe by The Flo at