Solar Oven Roasted, Garlic-Sriracha Mini-Chicken (aka, Cornish Hen).
My latest adventure in Solar Cooking took place today in the Prescott National Forest. It was a beautiful sunny day, high of about 85… perfect weather to try a new dish in the Solar Oven! I made what I’m calling “Garlic-Sriracha Sauce Mini-Chicken.” The mini-chicken is more commonly referred to as a cornish hen! Cornish hen is probably the cutest little edible bird on the planet. If I wasn’t so hungry, I might not have eaten the handsome-bird! To be completely honest, I would have preferred to cook a chicken, but since I was cooking for one, I didn’t want to make too much food and worry about leftovers. I picked-up my little frozen-featherless-dinner guest for only $2.78 at a supermarket in Prescott Valley and placed him in my cooler with ice. I then headed off to the Prescott National Forest, a 30 minute drive away. The little guy was frozen solid when I bought him and he probably would have lasted 3 to 4 days in the cooler, but since I cooked him a few hours later, I’m not sure how long he would have lasted.
The ingredients for today’s dish were really quite simple, a small can of Salsa Casera, Sriracha Sauce, a 16 oz Mini-Chicken (aka Cornish Hen), garlic paste and a lime.
I quartered the Mini-Chicken, placed him in the silicon pot, added the salsa, sriracha sauce and garlic.
I then set-up the SunFlair Solar Oven and placed the pot on the cooking rack.
After about 30 minutes the oven reached 220 degrees, I continued to cook the dish for a total of 3 hours. I cooked a little longer than normal because the bird was still frozen solid when I started. I squeezed one small lime into the pot after cooking and before eating. It came out perfect, the meat fell off the bone! The combination of the spicy sriracha sauce and the lime gave the dish an incredibly delicious flavor! This is one dish I will definitely make again! Nobody needs to limit themselves to hot dogs and dehydrated mac and cheese when camping, with a little imagination… tasty, simple meals are certainly an option!