5 from 4 votes
Salt Baked Chicken
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Traditional salt baked chicken
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cantonese
Keyword: Baked, chicken
Servings: 2
Calories: 885 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 1 organic small chicken ,800g, remove the head and feet
  • 1.5 tsp. cooking salt
  • 2000 g sea salt ,the amount of salt is very depending on your container
  • 1/2 tbsp. sand ginger powder ,I use freshly grounded
  • 1/2 tbsp. turmeric powder ,work as coloring
  1. Remove the head and feet from the chicken and then rinse under running water. Then set aside and drain completely.
  2. Message the cooking salt over the chicken, so we can give it a very faint salty taste. Mix sand ginger powder with turmeric powder and rub the mixture over the chicken. Marinate and set the chicken to slightly dry out.
  3. In the meantime, fry the sea salt in a wok for 10 minutes until the salt are hot and dried out.
  4. Wrap the chicken with large pieces of parchment paper. Make sure the chicken is 100% well packaged and then fix with a rope.
  5. Get a clay pot or casting iron and place 3 cups of salt on the bottom. Place the chicken in and cover the the rest of the salt.
  6. Heat over slow fire for 40 minutes, turn off fire and keep the chicken inside for another 30 to 40 minutes. Then dig the chicken out, remove the papers. Traditionally we have two ways of serving salt baked chicken, cutting into small chunks or hand shredding. I love the second method.
  7. When the salt is cooled down, discard only dark colored ones at the bottom and save the rest for next time baking.

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Nutrition Facts
Salt Baked Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 885 Calories from Fat 540
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 60g 92%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 300mg 100%
Sodium 389295mg 16221%
Potassium 978mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 75g 150%
Vitamin A 11.2%
Vitamin C 8.9%
Calcium 29.1%
Iron 50.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.