This week-end I got a bit of free time and energy and since I planned to prepare a roasted chicken on a beer bottle , I thought it would be great to share the recipe . It’s one of the best recipes that will guaranty a juicy chicken. The meat just falls of the bones. It’s so juicy , there’s no needs for a salad or gravy. But of course you can serve it with anything your heart desires.
Back to school
If you are not aware of my current activities, and how can you since I haven’t shared it here, I have been very much engaged in studying and learning Polish . Since beginning of September I have been participating in intensive course of Polish, at Akademia Języka Polskiego. This means that I attend to daily classes, every morning for 1.5 hours. I enjoy them tremendously, especially that I have amazing teachers and funny colleagues . Probably I would have studied much more if I would’ve had such enthusiastic and energetic teachers as now. Then I go to work and usually in the evenings I have enough time to do my homework (most days) and catch up on events with Marcin and the kittens . Yes yes, with the kittens too. They have plenty to share from their days events.
When I started the course, I was worried I wouldn’t last long and I would be exhausted, but somehow I managed to get in a routine. So much so that I signed up for a second servings of Polish. We are 2 weeks into the second course now. And my brain is getting so much information lately that I feel it turning to mash. It’s like a big blob of mashed Polish potatoes right now .
In the week-end I generally do something around the house, relax, go out somewhere or revise the lessons we’ve done in Polish class during the week. My flat is slowly overtaken by sticky notes and papers with Polish words. Probably the most hilarious one is the one in the bathroom : TAKE SHOWER . You can imagine how it looks like for the innocent bystanders. OK….. one of these 2 needs a reminder to take a shower….aham .
Finger licking roaster chicken on a beer bottle
So for this week-end I only planned to revise my Polish and cook. We love roasted chicken and on lazy days or busy days, we buy it. It’s cheap and tasty, made fresh and we just a make a simple salad to with. But it will never be as delicious at this roasted chicken on a beer bottle. It’s marinated and roasted in herb butter , which will give an amazing flavor to the meat. While cooking, the beer in the bottle will evaporate in the oven, making the chicken extra juicy and most. It’s seriously one of the best chickens I ever had. Finger licking good !
Alongside the chicken, I baked a Romanian sweet bread. It’s kind of like a banana bread in looks and texture, minus the banana. During December, we’ll have a charity at work for which I’ll bake this simple delicious sweet bread and then sell it to raise money. So I wanted to practice to make sure I’ll deliver a tasty product.
Don’t hesitate to try this recipe for an amazing roasted chicken on a beer bottle .
1 beer bottle of 500 ml (this size should fit perfectly in a normal size oven and hold the chicken). My oven has a 54 L capacity (size)
3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped sage (or dry )
1 bunch of fresh coriander, finely chopped
1 tablespoon (30 ml) olive oil
1 tablespoon (15 ml ) of lemon juice (from half of lemon, depending on size)
30 grams butter, very soft
Salt and pepper
- Immerse the unopened beer bottle in a large pot with water, to easily peel the label. Leave it for as long as the chicken will marinate, about 1 hour. Remove the label and wash the bottle before using
- Finely chop the garlic and mix it with the sage, coriander, olive oil, lemon juice, butter and a pinch of salt and pepper
- To marinate the chicken and keep all the flavors in, we have to create small pockets. Using a knife, carefully pinch the skin of the chicken, but avoid cutting into the meat. Using your fingers or a butter knife, release the skin from the meat, around the whole chicken breast, back and thighs. Fill the pockets with half of the butter mixture and massage the chicken (Yeah, kinky stuff ), to evenly spread the butter paste
- Cover the chicken with the remaining butter mixture and leave it to marinate, for 1 hour, in a covered bowl
- Pre-heat the oven at 200 degrees Celsius. Line a large and deep baking tray with aluminium foil. Open the beer bottle and pour half of the beer in a glass. Enjoy this glass of beer while the chicken roasts. Place the chicken on the bottle and put it in the oven. Bake for around 1 hour and 20 – 30 minutes . It will bubble and sizzle a lot, but don’t worry about it6. When it’s ready, carefully take the chicken out of the oven. Now it’s the trickiest part! Slowly and very carefully remove the chicken from the bottle, using some skewers or grill forks. Try not to spill the bottle, as the beer is hot !!! I advise you to do it over the tray in which you roasted the chicken, just in case you do spill some and of course, it’s better if you have another pair of hands to help you.
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