David's Recipe for Lavender Chicken

I was looking for a recipe with whole chickens or pieces, not breasts, and dried lavender. I found a few oddities with vermouth, etc., but ended up with 'if you want it done right, do it yourself'. As someone said on a message board, cooked lavender tastes exactly like raw lavender smells.

Main Course, American

  • 2 whole roasting chickens, cut up into 11 pieces each
  • 3 soup spoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 small handful flour
  • 3/4 qt boiling chicken stock
  • 2 soup spoons dried lavender
  • 1/2 coffee spoon dried thyme
  • 4 soup spoons lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 coffee spoon freshly ground white pepper
  1. Lightly brown the chicken in the oil. Reserve.
  2. In the remaining fat, lightly brown the onions.
  3. Mix in the flour until no raw flour is visible.
  4. Very gradually mix in the stock. In between additions of stock, add the lavender, thyme, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
  5. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Add in the chicken. Simmer for an additional 25 minutes, mixing occasionally.
  7. Serve with rice.

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