Pickled Chicken. This recipe is for 2 serves.
- 1 x 4 pound roasting chicken, cut into serving pieces
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup white wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 peppercorns
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
- 2 carrots, scraped and thinly sliced
- Place all the ingredients in a large kettle or heavy casserole, cover, and cook over very low heat until the chicken is tender, about 1½ hours.
- Allow to cool.
- Place the chicken pieces on a serving platter with the vegetables arranged around them.
- Remove and discard the peppercorns and bay leaf.
- Pour the liquid in the casserole into a bowl, then spoon off all the oil (it is easier to do it this way).
- Save the oil, incidentally, for sauteing other meats and poultry.
- Pour the stock over the chicken pieces and refrigerate.
- The liquid will set into an aspic.
- If a firmer jelly is preferred, add to the stock ½ tablespoon unflavored gelatin softened in water and stir to dissolve, over low heat, before pouring it over the chicken.
- In very hot weather i find this is sometimes necessary.
- If any oil escapes being spooned off, it will separate out when the jelly sets.
- Just top the dish and pour it off, or remove it with a piece of blotting paper or paper towel.
- To serve, decorate a platter with lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes, cooked green peas and beans, and sliced pimento or other suitable vegetables such as artichoke hearts.
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