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Chicken gherkins: delicate meat dishes for every taste
If you still think that chickens are called gherkins because of their small size (as well as small gherkins), then you should know - this is not So. A funny play on words takes place here - the little birds got their name from the English Cornish hen, which translates as the Cornish chicken, a special little breed. Here are some recipes and tricks to make them delicious.
How to cook gherkin chicken dishes
Today, gherkins are understood as any small chickens weighing about 400 grams. Keep in mind that one of these is only enough for one person. And if you are treating a man with a good appetite, then save two carcasses per serving.
Usually such a bird is pickled or soaked in brine so that the meat is saturated with salt and the aroma of spices. However, keep in mind that this bird is very tender and young, so you shouldn't marinate it for more than an hour.
It also cooks quickly - it is enough to spend only 30-40 minutes for meat in a frying pan, grill or oven. Also, gherkin chickens have very delicate and thin bones and if the bird is flattened and slightly beaten, similar to the recipe for Chicken tobacco , you get a crispy chicken that can be eaten without residue with all the bones.
Baked potatoes, fresh or stewed vegetables, rice are suitable as a side dish for this dish.
Oven chicken gherkins with rosemary and garlic
This is the simplest and fastest recipe. But, nevertheless, it is very tasty - you will definitely like the combination of juicy tender meat and a crispy aromatic crust. The taste and smell of garlic and rosemary go well with chicken.
For this dish, take:
- One carcass per serving;
- 3 cloves of garlic and 3 sprigs of rosemary per bird;
- 50 grams of butter;
- Salt, sugar for flavor balance, ground pepper.
First of all, mix the marinade, which will saturate the meat and make it even more tender and juicy. In 1.5 liters of water, dissolve 3 level tablespoons withol and about the same amount or slightly less sugar. Immerse the meat completely in the brine and keep it in it for no more than half an hour, then rinse with clean water and pat dry with a towel.
Rub the pickled carcasses with pepper and a little salt inside and out. Melt the butter in a skillet and saute half the garlic and half the rosemary in it until the butter is brown. Oil the carcasses, and put the remaining garlic and rosemary inside the birds. Place them in an ovenproof dish.
Bake in the oven at 200 degrees for 30 minutes or until clear juice flows out of the meat when punctured. During the baking process, pour the melted juice over the meat. If you want a crispy crust, place a baking sheet under the grill rack for 5 minutes with the fan on.
Serve your gherkins on a vegetable stew pillow or a mix of fresh lettuce leaves.
How to make gherkin chicken with soy sauce
A dish with an oriental mood will turn out if you cook it in the oven under the grill with traditional seasonings for this kitchen, for this you will need:
- Chickens - 3;
- Spices - nutmeg and ginger powder, salt and pepper;
- 50 ml unsalted soy sauce;
- 50 ml of vegetable oil of your choice;
- 7 cloves of garlic;
- Half of one lemon.
Meat will absorb the aromas of spices best of all if slightly beaten off. To do this, cut the carcass along the breast and flatten it, beat it slightly with a meat hammer. Next, the bird must be marinated. To make the gherkin marinade, stir in 1/2 teaspoon each of the nutmeg and dried ginger, squeeze the garlic, squeeze the lemon juice, soy sauce and selected vegetable oil, salt and a little pepper. Rub the meat with this mixture. Marinate it in the refrigerator under the lid for an hour and a half.
Put the carcasses on a baking sheet and place in an oven preheated to 200-220 degrees under the included grill. After 20 minutes, turn them over to the other side so that the crisp appears there, and bake for another 20 minutes. Serve with rice and vegetables and a glass of red wine.
Oven Stuffed Gherkin
Such a dish is ideal for a festive table - it is both hot and a side dish, and it looks great. You can also serve one bird per serving.
To do this you need:
- 2 birds;
- 150 grams of long grain rice;
- 300 grams of sweet pumpkin or 1 apple;
- 1 mandarin;
- 4 tablespoons of soy sauce;
- 2 teaspoons mild mustard with grains;
- 2 teaspoons of flowing honey;
- One tablespoon of good vegetable oil is better than walnuts, but you can also use olive oil;
- 2 tablespoons of bread crumbs;
- Half tea lcurry powder;
- A teaspoon of dried paprika;
- Salt, pepper.
First, you need to prepare the marinade for this dish. To do this, combine half the soy sauce, mustard, honey, mandarin juice, oil and spices. Coat the meat with this mixture and leave on the table for an hour. At this time, cook the rice until half cooked, season it with soy sauce, mix with the diced pumpkin. The pickled chicken is ready to be stuffed with a mixture of rice and pumpkin.
After filling, fasten the carcasses with toothpicks, sprinkle them with breadcrumbs and place in a heat-resistant form. Add water to the mold by 1 finger and put it in the oven at 170 degrees for 30 minutes. Pour liquid from the bottom of the mold over the meat periodically. Finished chickens will be juicy and flavorful, and due to the breading they will also have a crispy crust.
How to cook gherkin in a pan
If you fry the gherkin in a pan, it will be crispy and juicy. A grill pan works well for this, but you can use a regular one.
To do this, take:
- 1 chicken;
- Half a teaspoon of paprika;
- A teaspoon of dried green basil;
- A teaspoon of finely chopped green onions;
- 6 tablespoons of semi-dry white wine;
- Oil for frying.
Pre-flatten the carcass, as for tobacco, and marinate in a mixture of wine and spices. After half an hour, transfer it to a frying pan preheated with oil and press down with oppression. This will cook the meat well and even the bones will be crispy and edible.
After 20 minutes, turn the carcass over to the other side, press down again and fry for another 20 minutes. The meat is ready when clear juice flows out. For this dish, baked potatoes with yogurt and greens sauce or with Greek tzatziki sauce are good.
Chicken gherkins - recipe for grilling
A fragrant and delicate dish can also be cooked on charcoal - gherkins on the grill will be even tastier than the usual barbecue. You can cook whole by stringing the carcasses on a large skewer or skewer, or spreading them over the breast and placing them in the wire rack.
For this recipe take:
- 3 birds;
- 3 tablespoons of soy sauce;
- A tablespoon of olive oil;
- A tablespoon of paprika powder;
- A teaspoon of hot chili;
- A tablespoon of honey.
Mix all the ingredients and grease the inside of the carcasses well. Tie the legs and wings with culinary thread so that the bird has a beautiful shape. You can string the carcasses on a skewer, one at a time, you can immediately three in a row. To prevent the carcasses from spinning on the skewer, take the one that is not round in cross section, but square or twisted.
Then, on the skewer, spread all the carcasses with marinade and leave for 30 minutes. During this time, undercook coals that are not too hot and grill until the meat is tender.