Chef's Recipes

Chicken with oregano dressing

Recipe for chicken with oregano dressing by Innocent Bystander in Healesville, Vic.

  • 10 mins preparation
  • 30 mins cooking plus cooling, brining
  • Serves 4
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Chicken with oregano dressing
"I've never tasted chicken as succulent as the brined bird at Innocent Bystander. Would you ask for the recipe?"
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  • 6 boned chicken Marylands, skin on (ask your butcher to remove the bones)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • To serve: oregano, flat-leaf parsley and lemon wedges
  • ½ head of garlic
  • 50 gm sea salt flakes
  • 25 gm honey
  • Finely grated rind of ½ lemon
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
Lemon-oregano dressing
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 golden shallot, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp salted capers, rinsed, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano


  • 1
    For brine, place ingredients and 2 litres of water in a large saucepan, bring to the boil, then remove from heat and cool completely. Add chicken and refrigerate overnight.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 180C. Drain chicken (discard brine) and pat dry with paper towels. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat and cook chicken in batches until golden brown and crisp all over (6-8 minutes). Transfer to an oven tray lined with baking paper and roast until cooked through (12-15 minutes).
  • 3
    Meanwhile, for lemon-oregano dressing, whisk ingredients together in a bowl and season to taste. Drizzle dressing over hot chicken, scatter with oregano and flat-leaf parsley and serve with lemon wedges.


Note Start this recipe a day ahead to brine the chicken.