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 Posted: Tue Jan 1st, 2008 11:01 am
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Onkel C

Joined: Sat Mar 24th, 2007
Location: Bonn, Germany
Posts: 508

I made a lemon stuffed roast chicken for tonights dinner, it's an easy but delicate dish. Sides were potatoes, carrots and onions that were braised with chicken broth and white wine in a pan underneath the chicken.

So, let's cook.
Ingredients are:

One fresh whole chicken, around 1,5 kg /3lbs (make sure the skin is intact or the recipe won't work),
one untreated, organic farmed lemon,
750 grams potatoes,
300-400 grams carrots,
1 large onion,
salt, pepper, chicken spice mix, Oil,
broth of choice (I went with chicken broth, but vegetable or beef stock is also nice),
some wine,

some yarn and a sewing needle.

Prep time was around two hours, with the roast process taking up the most time.

First, peel, cube and pre-cook the potatoes for around 10 minutes:

(the pot in the back has the yarn, which I also cooked to remove eventual chemicals)

Peel and cut the carrots and the onion, then put it all in an oven-proof pan, pour the stock and wine over it:

Now for the chicken. The special step in this prep is the added lemon, which will act as a steam bath from the inside of the chicken.

The humidity of the lemon will evaporate and make the meat really juicy and tender while inflating and thus separating the skin from the chicken, resulting in a paper-thin and crispy crust for the dish.

Salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Grab the lemon and poke about 60 holes in it (use a fork to speed things up):

Stuff the lemon inside the chicken, listen to some Barry White while doing so:


Now sew the...wait, I forgot that cooking a thread results in clutter :P

AFTER uncluttering the thread, sew the chicken shut. This is vital so the steam can build up inside the chicken:
Neck End:

Rear End:

When done, remove the rump (best with scissors):

and tie the chickens legs together with the rest of the thread.

Now prepare the glaze with oil and spices of choice. I used a spice mix from salt, pepper, paprika and rosemary. Glaze the whole chicken:

Now stick the chick and the veggies in the pre-heated oven. I went with around 175 degrees celsius in a hot air oven for about 80 minutes, keep glazing the chicken every other 15 minutes:

This is the described effect of the lemon, looks awesome, doesn't it?

Finish line:
you can check if the chicken is done by sticking a toothpic or needle in one of the legs: if the juice that runs out is clear, it's done. When it's done, remove it from the oven, carve it and serve with the oven veggies:



Regarding the future of cooking on 3T, some of you might have already noticed that I found a new job for 2008. As a funny coincidence, I will become managing director of a subsection at the DEHOGA, which happens to be the Lobbying organisation of the hotel and restaurant owners in Germany.:)
The position as well as my new employer are kind of a dream job for me, so the decision to switch wasn't difficult at all.
In my new position, I'll be responsible for about 2,000 hotels and restaurants in the southern NRW area as well as a personal staff of three people, which should give you an impression of the tasks that lie ahead of me.

As this won't be a 9-to-5-job, I'll spend a lot of tie on the road and won't be able to cook under the week as much as I used to do. In addition, I'll have to move places, too, as the new job can't be done with a daily commute, so the first half of 2008, I won't have access to a decent kitchen at all. I will be able to share some pics of professional chefs and their kitchens, though.

Any way, thanks again to you all for making this humble effort into a really pleasant experience.

Last edited on Tue Jan 1st, 2008 11:04 am by Onkel C

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 Posted: Tue Jan 1st, 2008 02:06 pm
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Joined: Wed Nov 15th, 2006
Location: Orlando, Florida USA
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Happy New Year Christian  and congratulations on the new job!  Sounds like a fantastic opportunity and a lot of fun.   This dish looks scrumptious btw - interesting that you put the chicken right on the bare rack with the veggies underneath to catch the drippings (not to mention you found a way to give a chicken a breast enhancement...heh) subtlelaugh.gif

Thanks for all the great recipes  you've  entertained us with and I look forward to what 2008 brings...  hand6.gif hand6.gif

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 Posted: Tue Jan 1st, 2008 08:21 pm
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Location: Washington USA
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Awesome. Very close to what I had for my New Years Eve Dinner. Lookin good! woohoo.gif

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 Posted: Wed Jan 2nd, 2008 12:39 am
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Joined: Mon Apr 3rd, 2006
Location: Huntington, New York USA
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Congrats chef; you earned it! Best of luck in the new venture!

You look like you enjoyed stuffing that chicken! hearteyes.gifhearteyes.gifhearteyes.gif

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 Posted: Sun Jan 6th, 2008 02:13 pm
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Do you ever use beer instead of the lemon.  I have special design infuser pan designed for use on the charcoal grill.  Fill infuser with liquid of choice stand the chicken on it and roast.  I usually use a hearty dark beer but cola and wine also work. Must now try lemon juice  Each gives chicken unique flavor and excellent moisture.

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