Roasted Chicken

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I’m baaaaaaack 🙂 Sorry I’ve been away for so long because my exams just ended. All I’ve done for the past few weeks was sleep, mug, eat and sleep. But now that exams are over, I’m super excited to be baking and cooking for November :> before everything starts piling up again and there are exams again in January ):

Anyway, here is the roasted chicken a made a couple of weeks back which follows Heston’s way of cooking. If you don’t know who Heston Blumenthal is, he’s this eccentric British chef whose restaurant, Fat Duck, is a place I dream of eating at. But it’s going to cost at least $400 per person, so I’m just going to continue dreaming. He has really science-y ways of cooking stuff but it comes out perfect and this roasted chicken is very replicable at home!

I first ate this chicken at D’s place and it had one of the most tender chicken breast meat ever. It was soft and juicy, nothing like those dry, stringy breast meat I was used to. Sadly, the skin wasn’t crispy because we didn’t have time to blast it (it was 2 something by the time the chicken was cooked and we were famished). So without a doubt, I had to remake the chicken at home to get the crispy skin.

Preparing for this chicken takes a day and the roasting takes a few hours which makes it a bit troublesome but then there are really little skills involved. All you need to do is to brine the chicken overnight, dump it into your oven for 2 hours, then turn up your oven to its maximum temperature to blast the chicken and get that crispy skin.

It was actually quite epic to turn my oven up to the maximum temperature because when I opened the oven door, the entire kitchen filled with so much smoke that we all ran out. Oh oh oh be mentally prepared that your kitchen will smell like roasted chicken for the entire day hahahah.

Other than that, roast away!!! 🙂

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Ingredients
1 kg whole raw chicken
Water
Salt
50g of melted butter
1 Lemon
Pepper
Herbs de Provence

Directions
1. Mix 1 litre of water and 40g of salt. You can change the amount of water according to how much you need to cover the chicken but always use this ratio of 1 litre of water to 40g of salt.
2. In a pot large enough to fit your chicken but small enough to reside in your fridge, place the chicken and pour the salt water over, ensure that the water completely covers the chicken.
3. Place the pot in the fridge and leave it overnight.
4. The next morning, pour away the salt water and replace it with normal water.
5. When you want to cook the chicken, take the chicken out and pat it dry.
6. Place it on a baking tray and brush it with melted butter. Sprinkle the herbs, salt and pepper on the chicken.
7. Roast it at 100 degrees until the thickest part of the breast meat reaches 60 degrees Celsius.
8. Take the chicken out and let it rest for 45 minutes.
9. Turn your oven up to its maximum temperature.
10. Brush your chicken with melted butter again and place it in the oven.
11. Roast it for about 10 minutes or until the skin is golden brown and crispy.

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Roasted Chicken in Milk with Lemon Zest

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I have no idea how I came across this recipe but when I saw it, I knew I had to try it out because it looked so simple yet everyone only had praises for it. It was only recently when my friends were talking about how they tried to make this for New Year’s Eve dinner that I got reminded about this recipe. Fyi, two guys who had never cooked before managed to make this chicken, proving how easy this dish is!

So I tried it out tonight and the hardest part was basting the chicken for an hour while it was roasting in the oven. The milk turned into a nice creamy thick sauce with a hint of lemon that would turn into a pasta sauce if only I wasn’t on my stupid pseudo-Atkins diet. The chicken was quite filling, probably because of the cream but it tasted like comfort food.

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I’m quite excited about the possibilities of this recipe, perhaps adding paprika to it would bring it to another level or maybe I should put more thought into bringing out the lemon-y taste.

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Ingredients
Chopped up chicken/ Whole chicken
500 ml milk
3 dried bay leaf
Zest of 2 lemons
1/2 cinnamon stick
10 cloves of garlic

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
2. Drizzle olive oil onto pan and fry chicken, skin side down until it is golden brown.
3. Place chicken onto roasting pan with the rest of the ingredients.
4. Roast chicken for about an hour, basting it occasionally.