PINEAPPLE-MINTED ROASTER

Serves 8

Microwave Recipe

Fat attracts more microwave energy than muscle does. That’s good for you if you’re on a low-fat diet because when you microwave chicken, the fat will render out into the drippings where you can easily discard it.

1 whole roaster (about 6 pounds)

1 can (20-ounces) pineapple chunks in their own juice

about 1/2 cup pineapple juice, orange juice, or water

1-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

5-6 small sprigs fresh mint or 1-1/2 teaspoons dried mint leaves

2 tablespoons unsalted margarine, melted

Remove and discard any visible fat from roaster cavity. Remove giblets. Place, breast side down, on microwave-safe roasting utensil. Drain pineapple chunks, reserving juice and chunks. Add additional juice or water to reserved juice to measure 1-1/2 cups. Place cornstarch in 4-cup glass container and gradually stir juice into cornstarch until smooth. Microwave at HIGH (100% power) 2 minutes; stir and microwave 2 minutes longer or until mixture boils and thickens. Add mint (if using fresh mint, remove sprigs after five minutes). Remove 1/2 cup of mixture for glaze; stir pineapple chunks into remaining mixture for sauce and set aside. Brush roaster with melted margarine; cover with wax paper.

Microwave at MEDIUM-HIGH (70% power) 10 to 12 minutes per pound, brushing with glaze several times during cooking. Halfway through cooking time, turn roaster over, using paper towels to protect hands. Pour off drippings and reserve, if desired. Baste bird with glaze and cover again with wax paper; complete cooking. Let stand, covered with aluminum foil, 20 minutes. (Standing time is important even if Bird-Watcher Thermometer has popped.) After standing time, juice should run clear with no hint of pink when thigh is pierced. To reheat sauce, microwave at HIGH for two minutes. Serve hot sauce with roaster.

Nutritional Figures Per Serving:

Calories 343. Protein 38 grams. Carbohydrate 14 grams. Fat 14 grams. Cholesterol 107 mg. Sodium 97 mg.

Chicken Recipes – The Perdue Chicken Cookbook

Copyright (C) by Mitzi Perdue – Used with Permission

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