I found this recipe while watching a TV show. Be ready, this method takes a lot of preparation before getting it on the table but it is SO WORTH IT! I’ve try it twice and the chicken was juicy and very tender! 🙂
- First, you need to soak the chicken in salted water overnight. About 80g of salt dissolved in 4 cups (1 liter). If you need more water keep the same proportion for salt. Heston said it has to be a 8% salty solution.
- Second, rinse the chicken, place a lemon inside with some thyme spice (or what ever you like) and rub the skin with butter. Patience come into play here. The chicken must be cook very slowly; 3 to 4 hours. In fact, I preheat my oven to a max of 175 F and cooked the chicken until an internal temperature of 165 F (as recommended by government).
Note: Heston real recipe is a bit different about oven and internal temperatures; I was more conservative following general rules as I was a bit scared of under cooking the chicken and possibly getting sick.
- Third, after the chicken is cooked to the internal temperature, remove the chicken from the over and let it cool down on the counter for about 45 min.
- Finally, put the chicken back into the oven preheated to about 450 F to roast the chicken. Keep an eye on it, so the chicken change color but do not burn; about 10 min will do.
It is now time after this long process to enjoy the chicken! Let me know how you did and how good was the chicken! 🙂