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lemon salted chicken

At Kootenay Spice, we love trying new techniques with our products. We have salt-brined chicken in the past, but recently we thought to ourselves, “Wouldn’t that be good with lemon flavour too?”. Not surprising, that evening for dinner we had our first lemon salted chicken drumsticks!

It may sound like a crazy idea, soaking your chicken in a salt water brine, but it tenderizes the meat perfectly and because it gets rinsed off before cooking, it does not leave your meat tasting salty.

This recipe is super simple to make with minimal ingredients and minimal prep time. We chose to use drumsticks, but feel free to use whatever you happen to have on hand.

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For this lemon salted chicken, you will need:

1 package chicken
water (enough to cover the chicken in a sealed container or bag)
Kootenay Spice Lemon Salt (2 tablespoons per cup of water)
1 tablespoon Kootenay Spice Lemon Salt (reserved)
Oil

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Mix 2 tablespoons of lemon salt per cup of water and stir well. It won’t all dissolve, but mix it up as best as you can.

Place the chicken in a sealable container or zipper bag. Pour the lemon salted water over the chicken and seal.

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Let marinate in the refrigerator for about an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Rinse the Lemon Salt brine off of the chicken.

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Place the chicken in an oiled baking dish and sprinkle with pepper and additional tablespoon of lemon salt.

Cook the chicken for about 1 hour, until it has browned and is cooked through.

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Serve with your favourite sides (we sprinkled Kootenay Spice Medley over lightly oiled asparagus and baked it in the oven with the chicken for the last 20 minutes) and Enjoy!

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finished pizza stuffed chicken breast

pizza stuffed chicken breasts

finished pizza stuffed chicken breast

Today we are sharing with you our recipe for pizza stuffed chicken breast. Yes you read that right, pizza stuffed chicken breast! A delicious and different way to prepare your chicken.

You will need:

6 chicken breasts (skinless, boneless)
1 red pepper, sliced into thin strips
1 cup mozzarella cheese, cut into thin strips
1 prepared Kootenay Spice salami or 1 package sliced pizza meat
1 can tomato paste
Kootenay Spice Italian Seasoning
Toothpicks
½ cup bread crumbs or crushed crackers

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You can also add things like pineapple or olives, but the more stuffing you have, the harder it is to roll and keep everything together.

First of all, you need to pound out the chicken breasts. The easiest way to do this is put the breast between two pieces of saran wrap and pound it out with a blunt, heavy object. We use a rolling pin, but a heavy pan will work too.

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Be careful not to pound the chicken too thin or it will fall apart when you roll everything together.

Preheat your oven to 400˚F.

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Once all of the chicken is pounded thin, we can start rolling them up. Spread a thin layer of tomato paste over one of the chicken breasts and sprinkle it with Kootenay Spice Italian Seasoning.

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Place the cheese, pepper and Salami or pizza meat on the breast. Salami made from Kootenay Spice Salami Cure is ideal for this recipe, however we were fresh out and ended up with store-bought pizza meat instead. Roll the breast so that everything is on the inside of the roll and close with a few toothpicks. If you have lots of stuffing, it is easier to fold the breast in thirds instead of rolling it. Set the rolls aside on a cutting board or cookie sheet, not into your baking dish yet.

Once all of your rolls are done, drizzle on a bit of olive oil and coat in breadcrumbs. We generally coat one side, flip the rolls over and coat the second side. Do not do this step in the same pan you are using to bake the rolls, as the bread crumbs will burn and stick to your pan and be a royal pain for clean up later.

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Once they are breaded you can put the chicken rolls into a large baking pan. Cook for about 30 minutes, until the cheese is melting and the rolls have reached an internal temperature of 165˚F. Let cool and set for a few minutes before serving.

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And there you have it, delicious pizza stuffed chicken breasts! Enjoy!