Super Simple Solar Chicken with “Harissa” Sauce

Harissa is a Tunisian hot chili sauce similar to an Indian curry. It can be found in middle eastern markets or import stores such as Cost Plus World Market. It’s used to season meats, soups, and stews and goes perfectly with couscous.

Easy Sun Oven Tunisian Chicken Stew

Ingredients

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat

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Easy Solar Apricot Chicken

Fruit canned in juice, as opposed to syrup,  comes in handy for all kinds of dishes, both sweet and savory. It’s something I always have in my pantry.

Sun Oven Apricot Chicken

Ingredients

1 (15-ounce) can apricot halves in juice, undrained

2 tablespoons orange juice

1 1/2 tablespoons honey

2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped

1 teaspoon grated orange zest

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Sun Oven Chicken Perfection

Anyone who’s ever had Sun Oven roasted chicken will tell you that it’s some of the juiciest chicken they’ve ever tasted. The meat is fall-off-the-bone tender and infused with flavor.

Crisp skin can be a challenge though. Too often you get a little bit of crispy skin on the very top of the breast while the rest of the bird is submersed in the cooking liquid. And nobody likes soggy skin.

Placing a rack on the bottom of the roasting pan will elevate the chicken, or any other kind of roast, just enough to keep it dry. But don’t discard the juice, drizzle a little bit over each serving just before bringing it to the table.

Super Easy Solar Chicken Dinner

Fresh rosemary, garlic, salt, pepper, a lemon, and a drizzle of olive oil is all the seasoning you need for delicious solar roasted chicken. Two stackable pots and the Sun Oven will do the rest. Peel the garlic, slice up the lemon; put some under the skin of each piece of chicken along with a sprig of rosemary, toss a few more cloves of garlic, a sprig or two of rosemary, and any remaining lemon on top, season with salt and pepper, add a drizzle of oil, cover and roast it in the Sun Oven until the skin is golden and the meat is fall off the bone tender. In the other pot roast some baby potatoes, prepare a salad while everything is cooking and you’ve got dinner.

Solar Chicken with Figs

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Solar Chicken Stew Italian Style

This classic Italian stew goes great with good, crusty bread or a nice pot of Sun Oven Polenta.

Sun Oven Pollo alla Cacciatora

Ingredients

1 (4 to 4 1/2 pound) chicken, cut into eight pieces

6 bay leaves

2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

3 cloves garlic, 1 crushed, 2 sliced

2 cups dry red wine

flour, for dusting

1 tablespoon olive oil

6 anchovy fillets

1/2 cup black olives

2 (14-ounce) cans plum tomatoes, with their juices, roughly chopped

Preparation

Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and put them in a bowl. Add the bay leaves, rosemary, and the crushed clove of garlic. Pour the wine over the chicken, cover and marinate at least one hour or overnight in the refrigerator.

Set the Sun Oven out to preheat. Drain the chicken, reserving the marinade, and pat dry. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven. Dredge the chicken in the flour, shaking off any excess. Brown the chicken and transfer to a plate. Add the sliced garlic to the Dutch oven and cook for about 1 minute. Add the anchovies and then the reserved marinade. Use a wooden spoon to scape up any browned bits and continue cooking until the wine is reduced by about one half. Add the olives and tomatoes. Return the chicken pieces to the Dutch oven, cover, and transfer to the Sun Oven. Cook until the chicken is fork tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Skim off excess fat from the top of the sauce. Remove and discard the bay leaves and rosemary. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Makes 4 servings.

Chicken Soup to the Rescue

We’ve been fighting off  the sniffles around here for the past few days and what could be better than some solar cooked chicken soup? First thing this morning I got the stock going. Things were a little touch and go there for a while, with the sun going in and out behind the clouds, but the Sun Oven’s temperature never dropped below 200F and it was ready by noon. That left plenty of time, and sunshine, to make a nice pot of comforting soup for dinner.

Sun Oven Chicken Soup

Ingredients

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Frozen Chicken – Before and After

Sun Oven cooking, or any other method of cooking, doesn’t always require a recipe or even planning ahead.

If you have some chicken in the freezer and vegetables in the fridge you’ve probably got all the ingredients for dinner. Earlier today I chopped up a rutabaga, a red onion, and some butternut squash (all were dangerously close to becoming compost) tossed them with some olive oil, and topped them with some frozen chicken pieces.

After a few hours in the Sun Oven dinner was ready to be served.

Indian Style Solar Braised Chicken and Onions

If you’re dining after dark the final steps of this recipe, adding the raw onions and strained yogurt, can be done stovetop just before serving. Chicken breasts can also be used instead of thighs.

Sun Oven Chicken Do Pyaza

Ingredients

1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt

2 large onions

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1/4 cup water

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

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Sun Oven Chicken Filipino Style

Chicken Adobo is easy to make and sure to be a crowd pleaser. Serve it with steamed rice and stir-fried vegetables.

Sun Oven Chicken Adobo

Ingredients

1 (3 pound chicken) skinned and cut into 8 pieces

5 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

2 bay leaves

3/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

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