Sunday, August 26, 2012

Pot Roast Chicken

Assalamualaikum all,

Selamat Hari Raya. Enjoy your eid festive? Alhamdulillah .... Enjoy the food? Alhamdulillah. Today, I would like to share my success story. The story of the Pot Roast Chicken.

Can you see the roasted chicken? It looks burnt, but its not. Its the honey that I poured on it that is burnt. The taste is marvelous. I even got a request to have it again from my husband. This was my second attempt (as an amateur). My first try with the oven was not so successful. The chicken was overcooked and became very dry and hard even though its not burnt. Therefore, this time I took all the precautionary action and seek some tips from the expert. I got the tips from my friend, Rose Hafsah, who is an active cook, who cooks for her eight children and a husband everyday. Wow! I salute!!!

She told me to use the Pot Roast technique. According to her, this will able to preserve the moist of the chicken leaving it very tender and juicy when cooked. With her technique, I pre-cooked a marinated chicken in a pot on a stove. Turning the chicken over just to have a brown outer layer (or the skin). This is later followed with the oven cooked (still in the pot with the lid on) for about another hour in 175 degree celcius. During the last 10 minutes of the oven cooked, I opened the lid of the pot a bit so that the skin became crisp. I did as I was told, and Alhamdulillah, the chicken turns out to be delicious.

Done with how I cooked the chicken,now to how I marinated the Chicken.

One whole chicken (i used kampung breed chicken - therefore it is small)
Salt and pepper to rain sprinkle over the chicken
3 to 4 crushed garlic - rub onto the chicken, inside out, left some in the chciken cavity
Lemon juice - pressed over the chicken and left some in the chicken cavity
2 table spoon of honey - spilled over the chicken after the stove cooked but before the oven cooked

If you like, you may add herbs (eg. thyme, basil etc.). Rub everything thoroughly. Let it rest for about 1 hour or more. The longer you let it rest, the better the taste will be.

Try it yourself. Good Luck.

p/s. If you have any leftover, you can use it to make chicken sandwich. We don't have enough!!


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