A tangy, spicy, hearty chicken feast
Given my addiction to garlic, it will not come as any surprise to those that know me that this is one of my all time favourites, due to its high garlic content and ease. It might be advisable not to cook this recipe before an important event or get together.
Garlic chicken is amelt-inyour-mouth recipe that is so simple it’s ridiculous. Simply throw everything then walk away till its ready with the odd baste in between.
Garlic, otherwise known as the ‘‘stinking rose’’ has been revered by cultures throughout the world for both its medicinal qualities and culinary uses. It is a bulb that is closely related to the onion, and is renowned for its fragrant pungency. The smell comes from the sulphur compounds that garlic is made up of. Once broken down during the digestion process it is released into the blood stream. It is then transferred to the lungs so when you breathe out, you get the potent smell.
Other than brushing and flossing it is quite difficult to alleviate the smell, so try chewing on some raw parsley, or some cardamom, mint, fennel, clove or anise seeds or sucking on some lemon. Some studies show that drinking milk helps neutralise the odour due to its high fat content.
Chopping or crushing garlic before cooking activates the allyl sulphide compounds which are believed to be responsible for activating and enhancing the medicinal benefits. However it must be rested briefly for around 10 mins prior to cooking in order for this benefit to be realised. For centuries garlic has been used to treat a huge variety of conditions related to the heart and blood stream, including high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries , high cholesterol, some cancers, cold and flu. Some are supported by science, some are not, but there is no denying the medicinal qualities of this delicious plant.
Garlic adds a delicious complexity to dishes that is hard to beat. It can be found in rubs, spreads, oils, soups, dressings, roasts, seasoning, sauces and dips to name a few. You dress this dish up or down to suit any occasion. My favorite way is to serve it with fresh crusty bread for dipping into the mouth-watering juice created in the cooking process.
Garlic and Lemon Slow Cooked Chicken with Sage, Thyme and Rosemary Prep time: Cook Time: Serves: Ingredients
5 5 mins 2 hours 1 free range whole chicken 20-40 cloves of garlic, peeled 1 good handful of sage 5-6 sprigs of thyme 4-5 sprigs of rosemary 150ml white wine 100ml chicken stock 2 lemons, 1 sliced, 1 juiced 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Salt and Pepper
1 good handful flat leaf parsley 1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees. 2. Place chicken in oven proof dish with a lid. Sprinkle garlic, sage, thyme, and rosemary over the chicken and in the dish. Pour in wine and stock and pour oil over the chicken. Season with salt and pepper, pop lid on and place in oven. 3. Cook for 1 hour 30 mins basting 3 times . Add in the sliced lemon and juice and cook for a further 30-40mins with lid on. 4. Remove from oven. Chicken will be falling off the bone at this point. Peel off skin and pull chicken off the bone. Pour over juices including all the delicious garlic and herbs. 5. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve immediately.
Nicely spiced: Garlic and Lemon Slow Cooked Chicken with Sage, Thyme and Rosemary.