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The Ultimate Festive Season Family Feast


The festive season is back. Getting together, preferably around the kitchen table, is very much part of family life in Thailand, especially during the festive holiday season and New Year celebrations.

As Thailand’s number one olive oil brand, Bertolli(R) offers deliciously healthy moments where you may fully enjoy your family get-together with a delightful Thai menu, cooked with the added health benefits of olive oil. Today Chef Nan Hongwiwat, from C.I.Y. (Cook It Yourself) – new)tv presents a mouthwatering Thai version of a traditional celebration menu, ‘Roasted Chicken with Thai Herbs.’ As a new-gen chef passionate about blending modern and traditional Thai cuisine, he believes Bertolli olive oil is the best oil to cook your Thai favorites with extra delicious results, while have the peace of mind that it’s the best oil option for you and the family.

“I have been using olive oil for my Thai cooking for many years. The reason is that it lowers bad cholesterol levels, and is full of healthy antioxidants, so I can feel confident when cooking for myself, my friends and family,” said Chef Nan. “This is a great sharing dish, with addictive signature Thai flavors and a good choice for health-conscious family members at festive gatherings.

Recipe: Juicy Roasted Chicken with Fragrant Thai Herbs

(Serves 4 – 5 guests)


1 full chicken (weight 1.5-2.0 kg.)

3 stalks of lemongrass

4 kaffir lime leaves

½ head of of garlic

4 x red shallots

Salt (to taste)

Black pepper (to taste)

Side Dishes: Jaew sauce, Sticky rice, Fresh vegetables

Marinade ingredients for chicken:

4 tablespoons of Bertolli(R) Classico Olive Oil

2 x coriander roots

1 tablespoon of garlic, cut finely

1 teaspoon of black pepper

1 teaspoon of salt

3 tablespoon of fish sauce

2 tablespoons of palm sugar


  1. Prepare to marinade the chicken by pounding coriander roots, garlic and black pepper together. Put all in a bowl, add salt, fish sauce, palm sugar and Bertolli(R) Classico Olive Oil and stir together.
  2. Clean the chicken and turn on the oven with 200c heat. Rub salt and black pepper inside the full chicken. Then, stuff the chicken with lemongrass stalks, kaffir lime, garlic and red shallots. Tie the chicken legs together for oven cooking. Then take the marinade and rub all of it over the full chicken, keep three table spoons of marinade aside, to baste the chicken while cooking.
  3. Place the chicken on an oven dish with a rack, and add 1 cup of water into the oven dish below the rack. Put the full chicken into the oven for 45 min, or until the chicken is fully cooked. For an extra crispy result, while the chicken is roasting, every 15 minutes baste the chicken with the remaining marinade using a pastry brush.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked, wrap it with aluminium foil and leave it for 10 min. Then, serve the Juicy Roasted Chicken with Fragrant Thai Herbs with its side dishes; fresh vegetable, sticky rice and Jaew sauce. Enjoy!