Salt Crusted Chicken
This recipe is amazing and leaves the chicken to bake inside of a hidden crust made of salt and comes out tasting amazing. Follow the simple recipe:
1 whole chicken
2 full jars of Rock salt
1 lemon zest
1 bunch parsley chopped up
3 garlic cloves crushed
2 tbsp oil
Preheat oven to 350F or 170 C. Take your whole chicken and clean it well. But do not season it, or poke holes in the skin. It will grab the flavor from the salt crust. Once your whole chicken is cleaned (Make sure you leave the skin on and do not puncture it at all. You must leave the skin fully on as this will be what protects the chicken from being over salted - the salt cannot touch the chicken itself; only the skin)
Once cleaned, set your chicken aside and make your salt crust by pouring into a big bowl all of your salt, your lemon zest ( which is the skin of the lemon shredded into very tiny pieces) oil and your garlic, parsley pieces mix it all in with your hands until well incorporated;add in a few drops of water at a time and keep mixing with your hand until your salt is moldable and resembles wet sand. ( you know the sand you use at the beach to build your favorite things... yes this is what it needs to feel like) Now put your chicken into a baking tray and cover it with this salt crust. Try to cover it as loosely as possible and DO NOT press it down to pack it in. Do it as a loose crust. Too much pressing down will lead to it over salting your chicken, DO NOT put salt crust at the bottom of the tray or on the sides as this will also create and overly salted chicken. (Do as pictured above)
Now bake in the oven for about 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours to make sure that your chicken is cooked. Once cooked your crust will become very hard. You will need a knife to break it off. Once you break off the crust, remove the chicken and dust off any salt crumbs that fell onto your chicken.
Taste the chicken and see if the flavor is good ( IF by any chance you ended up with an extremely salted chicken; don't freak out. Just lightly wash your cooked chicken under warm running water to remove the saltiness and rebuke for a few extra minutes to brown)
Place it in another baking container and bake for another 20 minutes uncovered to allow it to brown a little in the oven. Your done, serve it with your favorite side dishes and your ready to go. delicious, tender flavorful chicken.
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