HOW TO MAKE MILLION DOLLAR CHICKEN

 

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This is what you’ll stuff and season each hen with.

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Sprinkle a generous amount of the seasoning blend into the cavity of each hen.

 
 
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Then stuff each hen with a bundle of rosemary, thyme, bay leaf, garlic and lemon.

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Perfect!

 
 
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Drizzle some olive oil all over the bird, about a tablespoon or so.

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Rub the oil all over the surface, don’t forge the bottom!

 
 
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Be generous with the seasoning, it’s your friend, not your enemy. Make it look exactly like this, trust me. No more, no less.

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Same with the other side.

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Drizzle olive oil on the bottom of the baking vessel you’re using, and layer the bread like this.

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Plop the chickens on top. Nestle them so they’re evenly tuckered. Place them in your super hot oven on the middle-rack for 50 minutes.

 
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Meanwhile, mix up the sauce that literally sends this chicken over the edge in a very delicious way. My god!

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Ohhh boy, this stuff is magical.

 
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50 minutes later…

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Slather that sauce all over.

 
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Just like this. Pop it back in the oven for 10 minutes.

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10 minutes later…

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Slather it again. Turn the oven off, and put the chicken back in for 5 to 10 minutes.

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Meanwhile, simmer the super sexy sauce for about 2 minutes over medium heat.

 
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You guys…you guys…my god. My god in heaven!

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I cannot stress how amazing this recipe is. Make this NOW!

 
 

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cornish hens, about 2 to 2.5 lbs. each (SEE NOTE)
  • 9 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 slices of lemon
  • 1 tablespoon herbs de provence
  • 3 tablespoons flaky kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1-inch slices of artisan sourdough bread (SEE NOTE)

Million Dollar Sauce

  • 8 ounces (1 cup) plain creme fraiche
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 teaspoons aleppo pepper
  • 1 shallot, finely minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • Pinch of kosher salt and black pepper
  • Garnish: 1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
 
 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Use a baking vessel that’s big enough to contain all of your chicken(s). In a small bowl or container, mix three tablespoons of kosher salt, one tablespoon of herbs de provence, and 1 teaspoon of black pepper together. This will be your seasoning blend.
  2. Drizzle about 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large baking dish, stainless steel, or cast iron skillet. Layer the sour dough bread on the bottom.
  3. Pat the skin of the hens dry with paper towels. Sprinkle a generous amount of the seasoning blend into the cavity of each hen. Stuff 3 sprigs of thyme, 1 sprig of rosemary, 1 smashed garlic clove, 1 bay leaf, and one slice of lemon into each hen. Drizzle about a tablespoon or two of olive oil all over the skin of each hen, then sprinkle more of the seasoning blend all over the surface of the bird. Truss the legs together with kitchen twine, and place each hen on top of the sourdough bread slices. Place the hens and bread into your preheated oven on the middle rack, and roast uncovered for 50 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, mix all of the Million Dollar Sauce ingredients together in a medium bowl until well combined. Set aside in the fridge to chill.
  5. After 50 minutes, remove the hens from the oven. Slather each hen with the Million Dollar Sauce very liberally. It will melt like butter almost instantly. Pop the hens back into the oven for just 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove from oven, turn off the heat. Slather them again and put them back into the hot but turned off oven for about 5 to 10 more minutes. Remove from oven and allow them to rest for at least 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, pour the remaining Million Dollar Sauce into a small saucepan or skillet and simmer over medium heat for about 2 to 3 minutes. Pour into a small serving dish, and serve alongside the hens.
  7. Serve the hens with a slice of the caramelized bread (if you want), and more Million Dollar Sauce for drizzling. Enjoy!

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