Spiced Poussin

A friend of mine held a dinner party recently and he served spiced Poussin. It was absolutely delicious! Turns out it’s also really easy to make. So I’ve tapped his brain for the recipe and here it is.

Spiced Poussin

Serves 1



Olive oil

Pinch of Dried spice mix – I used one called ‘Condi Spaghettata’ which is a dried mix of chilli, peppers, parsley, garlic, dried tomatoes and salt.


  1. Preheat oven to 190c/fan 170c/Gas 5.
  2. Remove Poussin from wrapping and cut the string that holds it together.
  3. Trim off any excess fat around the cavity. Then place in a roasting dish.
  4. Drizzle the Poussin with olive oil and rub in dried spice mix.
  5. Pin the legs together using two cocktail sticks.
  6. Place in the oven for 45 mins. Basing the Poussin after 20 mins. Cook until piping hot and juices run clear.

This is a fantastic dish. It is so easy to do and very impressive! I drizzled mine with some balsamic vinegar after it came out of the oven and that was really tasty.

It was also suggested to me that you could stuff the Poussin with roast vegetable cous cous before you pin the legs together and then just serve on a bed of rocket. Excellent idea which is still very easy. This is an excellent dinner party recipe as it can all be done in advance. I love it!