Sunday, May 15, 2011

Lemonade chicken















This idea just popped out of my elbow the other day. I love lemon, I love chicken, I love garlic, etc. Take a bird. Spatchcock it (don't know what that is? Do some homework). Put it into a pot just barely large enough to hold it (we want to minimize the amount of liquid you need). Cover it with water and add red pepper flakes, mustard seed, celery seed, 4 quartered lemons, a healthy dose of salt, dried tarragon (optional), and anything else that floats your boat. Bring this to a boil, reduce heat to a slow simmer, cover and let go for a while. How long? Aye, there's the rub. If you use a roaster bird figure on an hour and a quarter. For a fryer, 50 minutes to an hour. For game hens, perhaps as little as 30 minutes. Your best strategy is to use a thermometer. One of my most treasured kitchen tools is my electronic temperature probe. It has a transmitter and receiver, so I can go anywhere in the house. When the chicken is done (165 degrees in the thick parts), pull it out and let it rest, tented with foil, for 10-15 minutes.









9 comments:

Jenn said...

I like this take so much better then using frozen concentrated lemonade. I bet this was delicious!!!

Mary said...

The chicken sounds wonderful and I'm certain it was delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Pam said...

It sounds tasty!

Michael Toa said...

Sounds delicious. When I read the title, I thought "chicken cooked in lemon soda?!". Lemonade is lemon soda (like sprite or 7 up) here :)

Sook said...

That is so cool! I've never heard of lemonade chicken but sounds delish!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

I also have one of those electronic temperature probes and it's transformed the roasting experience, I can finally relax! Anyway the chicken sounds wonderful, what a fabulous idea.
Mary

Food Glorious Food! said...

Lemonade ... yummmm! I am sure this is delicious! I have baked with lemon but never this way! Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my blog :)

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Peggy said...

What a delicious sounding roast! I've heard of spatchcocking before, but never tried it myself - looks like it's time! =)

Pegasuslegend said...

this really has to be delicious as I am a huge lemon fan... looks fabulous, whats even better is the lemonade is a genious ingredient for sure!

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