NO-FRILLS CHICKEN RECIPES FOR CAMPING
Chicken is one of the most versatile ingredients in cooking. It’s very easy to cook under any conditions. That’s why a chicken dish is a good idea when camping. There are numerous ways to cook chicken and here are some of the easiest and most suitable for chicken recipes for camping you can try on your adventure.
CHICKEN OVER COALS
This is perhaps one of the simplest dishes you can cook over the fire, as long as you have the ingredients prepared. To serve four people, you just need two small broiler chickens about three pounds per piece, half a cup each of lemon juice and vegetable oil, and one teaspoon each of crushed rosemary, thyme, freshly ground pepper and salt.
Start by heating a bed of coals or preheating a griller. Then mix the lemon juice and vegetable oil with all the herbs and seasonings. Brush the mixture on the chicken that has been already divided into four pieces. Place the meat on the grill cavity side down first. After reaching a golden brown colour, flip the meat and brush the other side again generously. Continue brushing until the chicken pieces are completely cooked through.
You can use an instant-read thermometer if you want to check the chicken is cooked properly or just use a knife to poke into the flesh – I think that’s actually better because the hole from the knife helps to ensure the chicken is cooked thoroughly.
CHICKEN IN SILVER PACKETS
For easier cleanup, you can cook chicken using aluminium foil. For this recipe, you need cut in half four chicken breasts with the bones in tact. You also need four rings of green pepper, a 250 gram can of whole kernel corn that’s been well-drained, four large slices of onion, salt, pepper, cajun seasoning or your preferred seasoning mix and four servings of ready to eat rice. The rice needs to be cooked separately.
After preheating the grill on medium heat, you have to lay the pieces of chicken on prepared aluminium foil squares with all sides the same length as the width of the box. Next, spray on a non-stick spray or smudge a little butter around as best you can. Put a green pepper ring on each aluminium foil square, season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place them on the pepper ring skin side down.
Combine the rice and corn and put them in the breast cavity, then sprinkle the dish with cajun seasoning lightly before topping it with a thick onion ring and tightly wrapping the foil. Place the foil packets on the grill breast side down which should take only 10 to 12 minutes. Then flip and cook for another 10 to 12 minutes. You might have to turn them again and continue cooking for up to 10 minutes more until the chicken is thoroughly done. I start by cooking the chicken face down so I can make sure the skin crispy as I turn them for that second time.
BOURBON-MARINATED GRILLED CHICKEN
If you are looking for a little extra flavour, you can cook an alcohol-laced chicken recipe for camping to double the fun. Since bourbon and chicken are a perfect combination, you and your crew will surely enjoy this recipe. Most of the alcohol is burnt off when cooking, so this recipe is still good for children if they are around.
Marinade 10 to 12 portions of chicken with a one-third of a cup each of bourbon, lemon concentrate, apple cider vinegar and soy sauce mixed with a cup of water for several hours. The longer you marinate the better. I recommend marinating before you leave so all you have to do is cook them when you are camping. After marination, remove the chicken and put the marinade in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil for about five minutes before switching to the frying pan where you will use a brush on the chicken while the meat is grilling over medium coals. Serve when ready.
These are just some of the most delicious and foolproof chicken recipes for camping. You can even try it on your griller at home if you want to first. When you are cooking chicken, always make sure it is cooked thoroughly. There should be no pink areas or blood inside the flesh around and including the bones. Salmonella is an excruciating way to food poisoning. Also, put your ingredients together as much as possible. Use containers for camping, don’t take what you have from the pantry without thinking first.
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