Roasted Apple–Curry Chicken, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Roasted Apple – Curry Chicken

It’s not a secret that my Tall & Handsome is a well versed cook/chef in his own right. He is the grillmaster of our family. A few years ago he received a Weber grill as a birthday present and it was love at first sight. Since then he has spent quite a bit of research on grilling techniques, recipes, tools and equipment. I jokingly said one time that he trolls cooking, grilling, recipe, kitchen and food websites like some guys do porn.

Shortly after becoming the family “grillmaster” T & H happened upon a technique called “beer can” chicken. Now the remedial idea is this…once upon a time, someone (probably at the infield at Talladega) got the Einstein-like idea to ram the south end of a whole chicken onto a beer can, place that on the grill and “viola” produce a gourmet bird when the moisture and flavor of the beer waft up through the cavity of the bird. Really?!

I personally see a picture fraught with obstacles and headless birds popping off exploding beer cans like missiles…kinda like those deep fried turkeys. Then again, that might be a good way to lob a big ol’ cooked bird over the fence to your neighbor…who knows?

Well, Weber, smart people that they are came up with an excellent idea and piece of equipment. It takes the “beer can” approach uptown. And, in doing so they’ve created a kind of futuristic looking piece of cooking equipment.

Weber's beer can roaster

Now, the way the roaster works: there is a “well” that you can fill with any type of liquid…not just beer…and spices or aromatics if you like. Then you place the bird on the roasting piece, send it to the grill and in the appropriate amount of time you have a tasty bird.

beer can roaster well

Just FYI, there are some other manufactures of very similar chicken roasters that cook the chicken in a similar way and have the well for the liquid.

One of my favorite chickens cooked in this manor is Roasted Apple-Curry Chicken. We cooked one up the other evening, along with some grilled sweet potatoes and the Fresh Apple Cake. I called Daddy and had him come and grab enough for him and Momma and Yvon. We all ate well that cold, rainy eveningSmile

Roasted Apple – Curry Chicken

Adapted from a Weber Poultry roaster recipe

For the spice paste:

3 tablespoons vegetable oil (we use olive oil)

2 teaspoons packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

rub for curry apple beer can chicken

The spices for the paste before the oil is added

1 3-1/2 to 4 pound whole chicken

½ cup apple juice

2 cinnamon sticks

1. In a small bowl make the paste.

2. Remove the giblets from the bird. Wash bird and pat dry. Remove any excess fat.

3. Rub the paste evenly over the chicken. Place in a ziplock bag and place in a large bowl or pan and place in the refrigerator. You can get away for several hours, but leaving it overnight is produces the best results.

4. Before cooking, remove from the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

5. In the mean time, pour ½ cup apple juice into the well of the roaster. Add 2 cinnamon sticks. Place chicken on the roaster.

apple curry chicken

The bird rubbed down, apple juice and cinnamon sticks in the well and the bird on the roaster

6. Cook on direct/medium heat until juices run clear and the internal temperature at the thickest part of the thigh reaches 180°. (About 45 to 50 minutes.) Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

apple curry chicked cooked B

Roasted Apple – Curry Chicken

Enjoy!!

©2011 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.

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