This method of Chicken preparation is not necessarily native to Russia, but is common in Eastern Europe. It’s a quick and easy way to prepare a whole chicken and the results are very tasty. In the west there are similar recipes using beer bottles. This method is primarily used to keep the chicken moist, not a whole lot of flavor transfer from the liquid to the chicken, so simply using water in the bottle is sufficient.
- A whole chicken
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 5 cloves of garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
Wash your chicken and burn off any remains of feathers with a torch or a lighter. Make sure there is nothing inside of it and the chicken is large enough to fit over a bottle/can.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste.
Though I specify the use of a glass bottle in this recipe, a soda/beer can will work as well. You will just need a special stand for it that will prevent the chicken from toppling over.
Fill the bottle/can with water and place in a casserole dish or any oven-safe dish. Fit the chicken over the bottle/can making sure it can sit up right.
Combine the mayonnaise and garlic in a cup into a uniform mixture. Apply an even coating of the mix to the chicken.
Preheat the oven to about 375 F and place the chicken inside. This will require a relatively large oven for the chicken to cook properly.
It takes about 1-1.5 hours to cook the chicken. It is important to check on it frequently and adjust the temperature to avoid burning the chicken. I failed to do that so the skin was a littler charred. That’s no biggie though; the meat itself was still tender and juicy.