Chickens are delicious and have been enjoyed by humans for centuries. They originated from jungle fowl, some of which still exist in the jungles of Asia and took on other forms as humans learned to domesticate them. Chickens are valued for their eggs and their meal which is delicious as well as contain lower fat than other meat. Cooking the whole chicken is simpler than you think. Here are two chicken recipe ideas.
The first recipe is courtesy of Jamie Oliver. - Use a 1.6kg chicken from the fridge at least 30 minutes before you plan to cook it. - Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. - Chop up two medium onions, two carrots and two celery sticks. - Break up a bulb of garlic, but do not peel them. - Put them in a roasting pan and drizzle olive oil on top of them. - Place the chicken on top of the vegetables. - Drizzle the chicken with olive oil as well and season with salt pepper, - Poke a lemon with a knife by making many holes. - Put the lemon inside the chicken with rosemary, thyme or herbs of you choice. - Place the pan in the oven and turn down the heat to 400 degrees and cook for one hour and twenty minutes. - Halfway through the cooking time, use a paster to rub the chicken with the juices in the bottom of the pan. - Remove the chicken from the pan when cooked and cover with tin foil. - Add flour to the liquid in the pan to make gravy. - Pour over the chicken and serve with the vegetables.
Slow cooker chicken does not take long to make. The slow cooker does most of the work for you. - Add chopped vegetables including four quartered carrots, chopped peppers, four potatoes that are cut in four pieces, an onion chopped in quarters, peeled garlic cloves and four quartered celery sticks to the slow cooker. - Pour olive oil over the vegetable. - Combine four teaspoons of salt, two teaspoons of paprika, one teaspoon each of cayenne pepper, onion powder, thyme, white pepper and a half teaspoon each of garlic powder and black pepper. - Rub the chicken with the dry ingredients and put garlic cloves in the chicken. - Place the chicken on the vegetables and drizzle with olive oil. - Cook the chicken for up to eight hours on low heat. - Let it cool a little and serve or broil the chicken in the oven for four minutes to crisp the skin.