I actually tried to post the recipe earlier but my post was accidentally deleted. Now, I am not too sure if chicken gives you the creeps about bird flu or it still makes you drool.
Recipe for XO roasted chicken
1 large free range chicken about 1 kg per (free range is not to be confused with kampung chicken. This is a huge, muscled chicken that is costlier than the mass produced ones)
Generous amount of XO (the liquor) , brandy or white wine
Generous amount of salt and pepper
Some bacon slices
Rub chicken with salt, pepper and soak in liquour. Leave to season for several hours. To make chicken absorb the flavour faster, slightly slice them internally. I.e. take a sharp knife, cut from inside, don’t break open the skin.
Put in roasting pan which has a little oil (to prevent chicken sticking to the pan). Leave the breast side up. Gently pry and separate the skin and flesh. Insert butter in between. Cover the top part of the chicken with bacons.
Roast in 200 deg oven for about 40-60 minutes. Midway, when the bacon is brown and crispy, remove them. Otherwise, they will burn beyond consumption.
To test if chicken is cooked, just poke a sharp thing like chopstick or satay stick into the thickest part, i.e. above the chicken thigh and also the chicken breast. If no blood flows out, then it is cooked.
The drippings on the pan – I boiled some pasta and use the drippings on the pan as the sauce. It is just some melted butter coupled with the XO sauce but the taste is great.
ON THE EAT CHICKEN ISSUE
Personally, I am not one of those who panic at the first instance and stay away from certain products/food the moment there is some rumours. I won’t go all the way out to get cheap/free chicken but neither will I avoid them at all cost.
So, I will continue eating chicken if they appear in the market. What about you? Have you freaked out at the thought of contracting bird flu when come in contact with the raw chicken?