I really enjoy the summer time.
The heat outside is tempered by the knowledge that farm fresh food is available; everything from chicken to herbs and veggies can be found at my local farmer’s market.
One of my favorite vendors at the Pasco Farmer’s Market is The Happy Lil Homestead . They have hormone and antibiotic free; pork, chicken and eggs. Trust me, you have never tasted meat and eggs like this! So delicious!
I was inspired, this week, to cook one of their delicious chickens and share the recipe with you. It was really easy and melt in your mouth good.
~~ The Prep ~~
I thawed the chicken out the day before cooking. When it was thawed I placed it into a large bowl, covering it with water. To the water I added:
2 Tablespoons of Kosher Salt
1 Tablespoon of Dried Rosemary ( Fresh would be great, mine just isn’t grown enough yet!)
2 cloves of grated Garlic
I let the chicken sit breast side down in this brine overnight until cooking time the next day.
~~ Cooking Day ~~
When it was time to roast the chicken, I removed it from, and discarded the brine. I patted it dry and set it in my roasting pan.
On Saturday, I had picked up fresh cilantro and garlic from the Farmers Market, and they were perfect compliment to this beautiful bird.
To my food processor I added the entire leafy section of a bunch of cilantro, a teaspoon of Kosher Salt, and about an entire head of salad garlic cloves ( They are smaller heads than grocery stores. If you use grocery store garlic, maybe 6-8 cloves would work. )
The food processor did a great job of grinding it up into a nice paste.
Stuff the cilantro mixture under the skin of the breast of the chicken rub it over the sides and put the remaining bits into the cavity of the bird.
Cut some potatoes into fourths and season them with salt and pepper, and add them to the pan.
Roast the chicken and potatoes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until a meat thermometer reads 180 degrees. ( depending on the weight of your chicken, it may take over and hour to cook.)
Try not to drool to much while it cooks.