Written By: Team Top of the Mountain Meats Posted:6 months ago
Free-range chicken is healthy and great tasting. It’s an affordable option for a big Easter dinner, and there are a lot of tasty chicken recipes out there to choose from. Just remember that cooking free-range chicken is a little bit different; it should be cooked slow and low. Otherwise, it will get tough and dry.
Letting a whole chicken sit in a brine solution before cooking is a good way to keep it moist and tender. Cover the chicken in a pot with water and one cup of sea salt. Optionally, add a chopped onion and some bay leaves, or whatever other seasonings you like. Refrigerate the chicken in the brine for 24 hours and pat dry before cooking.
For this recipe, a mouthwatering spice rub is applied before a whole chicken is roasted to golden-brown perfection. This delicious main course takes only ten minutes of prep time and cooks for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Feel free to add vegetables and fruit, like apple slices, for flavour. Adjust to a lower cooking temperature and cook a little bit longer to help keep the chicken moist and tender if it is free-range.
This recipe requires 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. The chicken is seasoned and seared in an oven-safe skillet at 425 degrees. This helps make the outside crispy and seals in the moisture. The chicken is then cooked with tomatoes, chickpeas, and other seasonings until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. This meal’s prep time is 25 minutes and it takes 55 minutes to cook.