Sunday, September 12, 2010

Lemon & garlic-salt crusted chicken

Caw. Caw. Caw.
I heard the raven at my door.
Peeking in between the blinds to see if I was there.
Caw. Caw. Caw.
He made his presence known once more.
Wanting to receive a treat to take back to his lair.

I'd like you to meet my newest Avian friend, Gomez the Raven (his partner I have nicknamed Morticia, and although we have met, she still remains cautious to approach and keeps me at four arms distance). Gomez appeared one evening whilst I was on my deck, perched on a plum tree vine spotted with newly budded blossoms. After a few twitches of his head, as if to ascertain the level of my threat, he clumsily hopped a few branches closer until he eventually landed on the cobalt blue railing. He looked at me, and I at him. I understood he wanted a snack, and he understood that I understood he wanted a snack. I hastily scrounged up a slice of apple and a few almonds. He gulped the almonds down first but took his time with the apple. Clutching it between his toothpick, obsidian claws he nibbled a few chunks before placing it firmly in his mouth to fly back to his nest at the far end of the neighbours yard beyond. And from that moment, every morning around 7am, I go outside, whistle three times, call his name, and within a minute or two he appears on the same plum tree branch to see what I have brought him. Sometimes in the evening, if I can hear him cawing, I put out another treat along with a whistle and a yell, and sometimes his wife comes too for their supper time morsel.

On a similar note, meet Squeaky. He isn't like the other Lorikeets. He prefers to eat the paint on the bowl, rather than the sunflower seeds in it. His chirp isn't very chirpy either, in fact, it's his namesake; the raspy squeal of a broken squeaker toy. But if it wasn't for his daftness or eccentricities, even his slightly larger, hunchbacked appearance, I wouldn't be able to pick him from the rest of his ilk. It is because he stands out that he (or she, I'm not really sure which) is endearing to me. My special little Lorikeet, Squeaky.

Introductions to my feathered-friends aside, I shall leave you with one of my husband's more recent lunches. As I prefer him not to dine at almost all take-away or fast-food outlets I sometimes hear him reminiscence loudly about certain, unhealthy snacks he once held dear. One of these snacks was fried chicken. Crumbed fried chicken that leaves your fingers greasy and face messy. I hoped this recipe would be a suitable satisfaction of his cravings, and luckily, it was. In fact, he likes it even more than the original despite it only having  a few herbs and spices rather than eleven...

Also, I would like to wish my baby brother a Happy 23rd Birthday! My, they grow up so fast don't they...

Lemon & garlic-salt crusted chicken 
(serves 4)

3 teaspoons salt flakes (I used 2tsp for 3 drumsticks)
2 teaspoons garlic salt (I used 2tsp for 3 drumsticks)
1/2 teaspoon paprika (I used 1tsp for 3 drumsticks)
1 large lemon, rind finely grated
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 large chicken drumsticks, skin on (I used 3 without skin)
2/3 cup self-raising flour
olive oil cooking spray (I used regular olive oil and just splashed it on top)

Preheat oven to 220°C. Lightly grease a large roasting pan.

Combine salt flakes, garlic salt, paprika and lemon rind in a bowl. Add oil and stir to combine. Place drumsticks in a large bowl. Spoon over oil mixture, rubbing in to coat chicken with your fingertips.

Place flour in a large snap-lock bag. Add drumsticks, 1 at a time, and shake to coat. Place drumsticks in roasting pan. Spray both sides lightly with oil.

Roast drumsticks for 20 minutes. Turn. Spray again with oil. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Serve.

ease: 5/5.
prep time: 5mins.
cooking time: 35mins.
total: 40mins.

taste: 4.5/5. Finger lickin' good.

I modified it slightly as you can see above in the recipe. They came out of the oven with their coating still in tact and very much golden and tasty. Hubby wolfed them down happily :).

would I make it again: Yes.


  1. whowwwwwwwwwww!!! what a marvelous pictures!!!

  2. I think it's adorable that you've nicknamed the crows Gomez & Morticia - for several summers in a row I had two ducks who visited our garden because we used to have a pond (we also lived next door to the local park). I named them Romeo & Juliet and they were definitely in love. Then one year a third showed up - I called him Benvolio. Then Romeo started going off with Benvolio, making me question Romeo's sexuality... sadly we got rid of the pond after that and the ducks came no longer. If ever there were a trio of star-crossed lovers...

    Your chicken looks awesome, though. I would definitely give it a try!

    Jax x

  3. Oh that chicken looks delicious, so crispy and moreish. I would happily chow down on some of this instead of that greasy, fast food crap.

  4. chicken looks delish! thanks for posting on tastespotting so I could find your blog :)
    one q- are salt flakes just regular salt?


  5. What a lovely routine you've set up with Gomez. I wish I were surrounded by such lovely creations. Great idea to make your husband's less healthy cravings at home so that at least you know what's going into them. I should try this with my boyfriend. Unfortunately, he's addicted to a coffee drink that would be hard to replicate.

  6. it's a bit morbid talking all about birds and their habits and then share a recipe for which killing a bird is required. oh well--i think it sounds like a delicious meal! :)

  7. ooo yeah, probably should have introduced my bird friends in the next post but I didn't even realise since I never ate the dish, being a vegetarian and all

    I'd love hubby to give up meat altogether, but so far I got him to stop hunting (Maltese are very proud hunters) and he only has 3 meat dishes a week which I think is a pretty good feat since he would prefer to eat meat three times a day, but baby steps...

  8. Birds scare me....but these two look alright :)

    The chicken looks more than alright too! It looks delicious! You're teasing me, I'm without a kitchen this week!
    Heidi xo

  9. For some reason my outside layer didnt come out crunchy. It came out with a light color, and a thin layer of crunch. What did I do wrong?
    I did marinated it over night in the oil..

    It still tasted AWESOME! =)

  10. Thanks sooo mucho for this recipe!!!!! My children, my husband and I LOVE IT!!!!!!