Chicken in Almond Milk

Chicken in Almond Milk with green lemons, cinnamon, and sage

Chicken in Almond Milk ~ this unique roasted chicken recipe is the brain child of Jamie Oliver ~ you need to taste it for yourself to believe how moist and tender it is!

Chicken in Almond Milk

This incredible chicken was an experiment that almost didn’t happen. I first read about it on The Kitchn, where the reviewer raved so passionately about Jamie Oliver’s Chicken in Milk,  that it was impossible to read it and not want to drop everything and go buy a chicken and give it a try. Jamie’s recipe involves cooking a whole chicken in milk, lemon zest, cinnamon, garlic and sage. I know, the combo doesn’t sound like a natural. But this reviewer was adamant that it was the best chicken she’s ever eaten. Anyway, long story short, after reading the comments on that article, which are very mixed, I followed a trail of posts and reviews of the recipe, and found that there were two main things that bothered most people. One, the sauce curdles, which it is supposed to do, but even so, it’s not appealing to most. And secondly, many found the flavor of the chicken bland. So I tweaked Jamie’s recipe and came up with a delicious solution. My husband said it is the best chicken I’ve ever made. You HAVE to drop everything and go get a chicken!

chicken in almond milk

My recipe includes green lemons, (these are just unripe lemons, you can absolutely use regular lemons) sage, garlic, and cinnamon, so it’s very close to Jamie’s original recipe, but I’ve subbed in almond milk for dairy milk, so it doesn’t curdle. And I upped the citrus presence considerably, so the flavor pops. What I like about this recipe is that the chicken turns out super moist, kind of like it was cooked in a slow cooker, but with a nice brown skin. The flavors infuse beautifully, and the taste is unusual and out of this world.

Chicken in Almond Milk with green lemons, cinnamon, and sage

Be sure to brown the chicken well, and be sure to baste it several times, to get that nice browned skin.

Chicken in Almond Milk, lemon,cinnamon, and sage

So there you have it, a unique new twist on cooking chicken, how often do you come across that? This is a method that I will definitely keep using. I will change out the seasonings, I’m sure, but the concept of using almond milk to braise a whole chicken is a winner.

Braised Chicken in Almond Milk, lemon,cinnamon, and sage

3.19 from 11 votes

Chicken in Almond Milk

Author Sue Moran


  • whole fryer chicken
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil approximate
  • 4 green lemons (or regular lemons) 2 of them zested, then all cut in quarters
  • 2 cinnamon sticks broken in half
  • 1 handful fresh sage
  • 1 head of garlic smashed to release the cloves, and remove just the papery outer skin
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • salt and pepper


  • Set the oven to 375F
  • Remove any gibbets from inside the chicken and discard. Rub it down liberally salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Insert 2 of the cut lemons, the ones that were zested, into the cavity. Tie the legs together if you like.
  • Get a pot big enough to hold the chicken, I used enameled cast iron, and heat it on the stove over medium high heat. Coat the bottom with olive oil. When the pan is hot, brown the chicken on all sides. Take your time, and wait for each side to get nice and brown before attempting to turn it.
  • Return the chicken to an upright position, (breast up) and add the rest of the ingredients to the pot.
  • Cover, and cook for 1 1/2 hours, basting occasionally. Remove the cover after the first hour.
  • That's it! Remove the chicken and carefully slice or pull of the meat. Serve with a little of the pan juices. The meat will be tender and will have absorbed all of the flavors.

Cook's notes

recipe adapted from Jamie Oliver


Serving: 4
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.



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    January 24, 2016 at 11:47 am

    My family and I were very disappoint in this recipe. We didn’t like the lemon flavor. Enjoyed the hint of cinnamon and sage (although we felt there could have been less sage. If I make this again, I think I would eliminate the lemons, add a tad of nutmeg and/or maybe some curry. Maybe instead of the lemons I’d use oranges or tangerines. Apples or pears might be good too if add later in the process of cooking so as not to over cook them.

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      January 24, 2016 at 11:56 am

      The nutmeg and curry sounds like an interesting idea, Bonnie. I think there’s a lot of room to play around with this idea. Hope you try it again!

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    Deanna Lange
    January 19, 2016 at 7:36 am

    A friend’s mother made pork chops with milk which were awesome.

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      January 19, 2016 at 9:01 am

      I want to try that, Deanna, that sounds good!!

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    February 22, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Yummy- different – juicy – liked it a lot. I think it is also a great base to adding other seasonings. I am going to cut back on the lemons, delete the sage and add curries!

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    November 21, 2014 at 7:56 am

    I just bought all of the ingredients to make this today. I am so curious about this recipe.

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      November 21, 2014 at 8:27 am

      It is unusual… let me know what you think!

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    October 23, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I’ve never heard of this way to make chicken. Do you use sweetened or unsweetened almond milk?

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      October 23, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      Unsweetened, definitely, Sarah. It’s an unusual way to do it, but it works!

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    [email protected]
    October 21, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    What a creative recipe! Never thought of using almond milk though I use coconut milk a lot in curries 🙂

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    October 19, 2014 at 7:03 am

    I only drink almond milk and like to cook and bake with it. Never tried with chicken yet but I should, looks delicious.

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    October 18, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Sue I absolutely love your version of it! I made a southern fried chicken recipe where the chicken is cooked in buttermilk and yes it curdled and wasn’t very appealing so I can see what people said but for me, it’s the taste! 😀

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    October 18, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Looks wonderful! Where did you find green lemons…farmer’s market?

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      October 18, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      No, I just plucked them from my backyard tree! They have an interesting, vaguely lime-like flavor.

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