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    Roasted, Herbed Baby Chickens

    Roasted, Herbed Baby Chickens. Photo by -Sheri-

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    1 hr 5 mins

    30 mins

    35 mins


    Small birds, such a baby chickens, or cornish hens can be served one per person. Poulty lovers will delight in this very simple recipe. Ideal for the working family with little time for meal preparation. Serve with (wild) rice pilaf or roasted parisienne potatoes, steamed baby green beans,or steamed snow peas. Accompanied by chilled Chardonnay, your taste buds will thank you, and your dinner guests will think you are a genius. One of my favourite series of cook booklets (Classic Essential Roasts) available in Sydney, Australia, London, Vancouver and New York. produced by the Hawthorne Press.

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    1. 1
      Mix 4-1/2 oz butter with the herbs, spring onion lemon rind, 3/4 lemon juice, salt and pepper.
    2. 2
      Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200C).
    3. 3
      Using your poultry shears, cut down either side of the backbone.
    4. 4
      Discard the backbone and gently flatten the chickens.
    5. 5
      Lift the skin from the breastbone and the legs.
    6. 6
      Gently push the butter between the skin and flesh.
    7. 7
      Tuck the wings and neck inward.
    8. 8
      Lay the chickens on a rack in a shallow baking dish.
    9. 9
      Brush with the remaining butter and juice mixture.
    10. 10
      Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the juices run clear.
    11. 11
      Remove from oven when done, and set aside for 5 minutes before serving.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 26, 2006


      This recipe makes the bird very flavorville in a subtle way. I used cornish hens and they were fantastic! Even my picky husband gave this a 5 stars and he rarely says it's a five. The only thing I did different was I used regular thyme because my produce department didn't know what "lemon" thyme is. Neither do I. Toolie, thank you for posting, it's a keeper.

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    Nutritional Facts for Roasted, Herbed Baby Chickens

    Serving Size: 1 (471 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1453.4
    Calories from Fat 1174
    Total Fat 130.5 g
    Saturated Fat 37.8 g
    Cholesterol 358.6 mg
    Sodium 583.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 1.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 0.3 g
    Protein 64.0 g

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