Monday, 10 February 2014

Roasted Garlic Chicken






Contemplating on how to celebrate Valentine's day?  Have it at home over home-cooked dinner.  You can serve a scrumptious meal without doing any complicated cooking processes.  Try roasting :-) 

Aside from steaming and baking, roasting is the simplest way of cooking.  You think?  Well it's not complicated at all once you get used to doing it.  There's the brining process where I soak the chicken in water with dissolved salt and other things in it.  Then there is the process of separating the skin from the meat. Then you have do some chopping and mixing of spices and other stuff. After that, you need to rub the spices on the skin, on the meat, and on the insides of the chicken, then leave it and let it steep in the mixture for a while.  Sometimes, depending on the marinade you also need to infuse the sauce in the meat of the chicken using an infuser/injector.  After that, you stuff the chicken with anything you can get your hands on.  Then roast it in a preheated oven until the skin becomes brown.

I was just thinking, cooking is a lot easier this days.  You see, you just go to any supermarkets, wet markets, etc. and all the things you need are there ready for your picking.   Thanks to modernization there are such things as dressed chicken, cut meat, scaled fishes, all sorts of produce, and of course the processed and "ready-to-eat-food". I am really grateful that I wasn't born during my grand mother's time. I was saved from "killing" and "butchering" my food before I get to enjoy them. 

Try this garlicky and succulent roasted chicken.  Now I really want to make roasted chicken that tastes like Andok's lechong manok.  Anyone who knows how?

     ROASTED GARLIC CHICKEN

Ingredients :

Chicken, whole - 1 pc
Garlic, finely minced - 20 cloves
Garlic powder - 2 tsp
Salt - 2 tsp
Black Pepper Powder - 1/2 tsp
Olive Oil - 2 tsp

For Brining:

Water enough to cover 1 whole chicken
Salt - 2 tsp
Brown Sugar - 1 tsp

Cooking Procedure :

1. Brine chicken by soaking the whole chicken in water with the salt and sugar dissolved in it for at least 6 hours or overnight.  Drain and dry
2. Mix the garlic powder, black pepper powder, and salt.  Rub the mixture under the chicken's skins and inside the chicken's cavity.  Marinate in it for at least 2 hours
3. Heat oven to 220 degrees Celsius.
4. Massage the skin with olive oil then rub the skin and the meat under the skin as well as the chicken's cavity with the minced garlic.  Stuff chicken with 1 whole onion.
5.  Place chicken on a baking dish and roast for an hour or until the skin of the chicken turns brown.





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