September is National Chicken Month. A month for chicken lovers to enjoy. Who doesn’t love it anyway? Everybody loves chicken so this becomes an all-time favorite. There are hundreds of ways to cook it and you have many options as to which of them can satisfy your palate. But, before you start to cook that mouth-watering recipes that you can think of, it is important that you choose the best quality chicken. Why not buy organic if you can afford it? I assure you it is worth the extra cost. It is not only because of the best level of well-being, but you also acquire a better quality and a meat-flavor that is fuller. Raising organic chicken costs more as it requires more space per fowl and an access to outside pasture not to mention the use of a better quality pesticide. Next in line for the better choice is the free-range. It roams around for food on open pastures thus requiring an outdoor space that is sheltered and spacious for every fowl. Costly but worth the price.
Here are 3 simple and great ideas for your chicken that every one can enjoy.
Slow – Roast Chicken with Maple Syrup
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1 whole chicken
1 garlic separated into cloves and crushed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tablespoonful whole grain mustard
Pre-heat oven to 400°F. In a mixing bowl, mix garlic, olive oil, maple syrup and mustard. Brush the chicken liberally with the mixture. Place the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan. Cook for 15 minutes. Lower down the temperature to 250°F and cook for another hour. Then turn back to 400°F and continue roasting for another 20 minutes or until the internal temperature is160°F. Remove from the pan and cover loosely with foil on a plate and let rest for at least 10 minutes before carving This can be served with the juices left on the pan.
Slow-roasting is the best way to keep the chicken moist.
Minced Chicken Salad With Salad Vegetables and Lemon On The Side
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4 pieces chicken breasts, skinless
2 lemon grass, roughly chopped
4 pieces lime leaves, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic
1 finger-length ginger, fresh
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 red onion, chopped
a handful of chopped coriander leaves, basil and mint
3 tbsp fish sauce
To serve on the side:
3 leaves lettuce, separated
200 grams bean sprouts
1 unseeded cucumber cut into strips
1 piece lime cut into wedges
Minced chicken breasts into tiny pieces manually to create a more juicy and softer texture. Meanwhile, place the roughly chopped lemon grass, lime leaves, garlic and ginger into a food processor until finely chopped all together. Heat a wok over a high heat. Add vegetable oil and sesame oil. Add the lemon grass mixture and fry briefly. Add minced chicken breasts. Stir-fry for 5 minutes and add the fish sauce. Decrease the heat a little and let chicken and fish sauce to bubble together for another 4 minutes. Stir and add chopped onions and continue cooking for another minute. Take away from the heat and splash the lime and toss in the handful of herbs. Transfer in a salad plate and serve with the lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts and lime on the side.
Option: You can add chilli powder if you prefer your salad hot and spicy.
Soft Chicken Tacos
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4 chicken thighs fillet, skinless
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp ground cumin
2 pieces. lemon, juiced
1 small size avocado, diced
½ cup black beans, rinsed and drained
½ small size red onion, finely chopped
10 pieces cherry tomatoes, quartered
a small bunch of Chinese parsley or cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
4 to 6 pieces flour tortillas
Marinade chicken unto the spices, olive, oil, half of the lemon juice, salt and pepper for 20 minutes. Meanwhile mix the avocado, beans, tomatoes, onions and the other half of the lemon juice and add a pinch of cumin to make a salsa. Under a hot grill, cook the chicken for at least 12 minutes, turn the other side until crisp and cooked through. Slice after resting for a couple of minutes. Warm flour tortillas. Serve with the salsa and tortillas and drizzle with the coriander.
Try these chicken recipes and I’m sure they can become family’s favorite not only during chicken month but cook them again and again. Enjoy your National Chicken Month!