I love cookbooks and I especially love cookbooks that have a story. This month’s cookbook of the month however was the WEIRDEST cookbook with a story I have ever read. In fact, DISTURBING is probably a better word than weird.
Fifty Shades of Chicken is a parody on the best selling novel Fifty Shades of Grey. I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey, nor do I plan to. This cookbook was risqué enough for me!
Fifty Shades of Chicken is a story and cookbook in one. Told from the perspective of the chicken it is dripping with innuendo and likely not intended for young and/or naive readers. The book is meant to shock you, while also slightly disturbing you. After all it is a sexual story told by a raw chicken!
Content and language aside, the book actually contains quite a few delicious and somewhat unique sounding chicken recipes. Here’s one that had me intrigued.
Come Hither Chicken
(Roasted Chicken with Truffle Butter)
From 50 Shades of Chicken
1 (3 – 3 1/2 Pound) chicken, patted dry with paper towels
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 tablespoons black or white truffle butter
Chopped fresh chives, for serving
Mashed potatoes, for serving (optional)
Preheat the oven to 375. Massage the chicken all over with salt and pepper, remembering to pay special attention to her cavity. Using butcher’s twine, truss her up nice and tight. The tighter, the better.
Heat an oven proof skillet over medium heat, then add oil and let heat for 20 seconds. Lay the chicken in the pan on her side and let brown for 5 minutes, adjusting the heat as necessary so she doesn’t burn. Flip and repeat on the other side.
Lay the chicken on her back, transfer her to the oven, and roast her for 20 minutes. Add the truffle butter to the pan and continue to roast, basting with the fragrant butter, until her thigh juices run clear and she is enticingly golden all over, about 25 to 35 minutes more. The more you baste, the more succulent she will be. Serve with pan juices and the chives, over mashed potatoes if you like.
I look forward to trying this recipe. Enjoy!