Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Spicy Turmeric Chicken

I've been reading about the healing properties of turmeric- so I thought I'd give this a try. I found this recipe in the Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for Entertaining and here on line. It has been suggested that you wear rubber/plastic gloves. However, you can always use a brush to brush the marinade on.

Turmeric Marinade:
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
1 ½ teaspoons red chile powder
½ to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or red chili pepper
1 to 1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 ½ teaspoons of salt
2-3 cloves of garlic, mashed
6 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice  

One 4 to 4 ½ pound chicken 
Coat the inside of the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
Making the marinade is easy in a glass or stainless steel bowl that will not stain. Turmeric will stain everything, so use caution. Simply combine all of the spices along with garlic and lemon juice. Stir.
Coat the chicken with the marinade mixture covering the entire surface of the chicken. Place in the crock pot (it will also stain a lightly colored crock). Cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours or cook on LOW for 7-9 hours. Chicken is done when the meat falls easily away from the bones.

**OK- the top photo doesn't look that great, especially since both legs had already been taken off. (ha ha). And there is one of the legs on the picture below with the roasted vegetables! Very easy dish, very tender chicken.

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