Herbs and chicken
Herbs best with chicken dishes
Herbs that will compliment the taste of chicken is rosemary , sage , thyme , lemon thyme , tarragon , chives , garlic and lavender . I personally use rosemary and garlic most of the time especially with roasted chicken dishes . For a subtle flavor , put a few lavender sprigs inside a chicken and cook as usual .Sage can be mixed with breadcrumbs and stuffed inside the chicken before putting it in the oven . a Combination of the above mentioned herbs can be used as well . The herbs you use in your chicken dishes depends on your own taste , I only give a few pointers as to the dishes used and loved by me and my family , use your own combination and start your own chicken herbal tradition today , you will not be sorry .
When cooking chicken , as a whole or as stew or curry , it must be seasoned to keep it from having a watery taste . Hardy herbs like thyme , sage or rosemary will do just well , depending on the taste you want . When making a curry you need herbs that go well with the savory taste of curry , I like using herbs like coriander , french tarragon or curry plant with chicken curries . Chicken stews need thyme as seasoning but you can combine it with other herbs of your own taste . Sometimes I just put chicken pieces in a pot with potatoes and vegetables . The herbs I use then are tarragon , garlic and chives . You as cook or chef , just need to take care not to use too much herbs as it will surely spoil the taste of your dish , just enough of the right herbs will let your dish burst with flavor and aroma and you will rake in the compliments.
My family favorite is definitely roast chicken with herbs , my family always ask for roast chicken on special occasions . I normally use rosemary induced olive oil to sprinkle on the ( preferably whole) chicken and put a wedge or two lemon inside the chicken . I put the chicken in the oven and roast till almost ready . Then I chop some rosemary , lemon thyme and sage very fine , mix it with ground black pepper and salt and rub it into the chicken after dripping it again with the rosemary oil . Now back to the oven for fifteen minutes at most , watch not to burn the herbs . This is my most trusted and loved recipe for making roast chicken for the family . I feel that lemon and rosemary is the perfect combination for a roasted chicken , you may differ from me but feel free to try your own combinations .
Smoking your chicken is one of the best ways of cooking it so it will be tender and full of flavor . Smoking chicken is another one of my favorite things to do in the cooking department , done correctly it can be a burst of taste and very healthy as well .We use drumsticks when smoking our chicken as it wont take as long as a whole chicken or even breasts to cook through , you will need about an hour and a half of slow cooking . First we wash and then rub the drumsticks generously in with salt and black pepper and put it in the smoker preferably with oak chips . a Bunch of fresh rosemary twigs is placed on top of the drumsticks and the smoker is closed to begin the long smoking process . While grilling can do wonders for chicken, the smoker adds so much more especially with the right herbs added to the meat . The taste and aroma of the rosemary will compliment the drumsticks perfectly .
Chicken dishes is one of the most loved and popular dishes in South Africa , cooked in different ways by everyone . With the right herbs and spices the dish you make can be a taste adventure . Chicken dishes can be experimented with to find the exact herbs you need for your own tastes . Not everybody is the same and have different taste in food and herbs so it is essential not to follow others but do things you like yourself .