Salted chicken

Meat is always appreciated by both adults and children and, if eaten in moderation, doesn’t represent a health risk. Of all the various types, however, it is probably healthier to eat white meat, which is also very nutritious and, from the family budget point of view, more economical. That's why it’s an ideal choice for those who want to enjoy a light, nutritious diet and, above all, why it is useful to know all the various ways of adding a touch of imagination to your chicken cookery. So today we suggest making chicken cooked in salt, a new idea based on simplicity and speed of preparation, perfect for all the members of the family, without having to spend loads of time making laborious recipes that don’t even find favour when they’re finished. After putting the salt on chicken and putting him in the oven, there remains nothing to do but entertain your guests ...

Ingredients

  • chicken 2 whole chickens
  • lemon 1 lemon
  • chilli
  • cooking salt 6kg of coarse salt
  • cumin
  • juniper berries
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • chives
  • garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil
Information
120 minutes Total time
90 minutes Active time
Serves 4 persons
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Preparation

Prepare the salt for the crust: pour all the salt into a bowl and mix it with the cumin, pepper, herbs and garlic to give it aroma and flavour. Finally moisten the salt with some water. Take two medium sized chickens and moderately salt the inside, also adding a clove of crushed garlic, a sprig of rosemary and some lemon segments. Rub olive oil on both the inside and the outside. Seal up the chicken’s cavity with a big piece of lemon so that the salt can’t get it. In a high-sided baking dish, pour in a layer of salt and position the chicken on top, then cover with more salt to form a pyramid. Do the same with the second chicken. Bake at 200°C for an hour and a half. Once baked you will have to break the crust with a wooden hammer and the chicken will emerge all juicy and tasty.

Tips
To give an even more distinctive flavour to your salted chicken, you could add some herbs such as marjoram, sage or even a touch of nutmeg.
Trivia
This recipe for the chicken roasted in salt derives, according to some sources, from Mediterranean cuisines, whilst others argue that it is a recipe originating in India or other Asian countries.

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