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How to make THC turkey and fried chicken

How to make THC turkey and fried chicken

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Yield

1 chicken

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

25 minutes

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As the evenings get colder, there’s no easier addition to a dinner menu than chicken or turkey. These poultry options are simple to make, taste delicious, and can be adjusted based on your flavor preferences.

Want another reason to incorporate chicken or turkey into your next meal? Add some weed to upgrade your next dinner party or festive Thanksgiving feast with some weed-infused chicken or turkey.

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Cooking with cannabis – tips and common mistakes

When you cook with cannabis you have the option of creating various edibles by infusing weed into seasonings, oils, butter, baked goods, and a whole range of dishes.

Here are some tips for incorporating cannabis into your cooking and common mistakes to avoid when making weed chicken or turkey:

  • Understand how edibles work. Cooking weed edibles is fun, but don’t forget that they will be processed in your body differently than smoking. Generally, the effects of edibles will take longer to kick in, as they need to pass through your digestive system first, and you will also feel the effects for longer.
  • Don’t forget to decarboxylate your weed before cooking. This ensures the cannabinoids in your flower are activated and can produce the desired effects.
  • Understand how to store your cannaoil and cannabutter. Just like regular oil and butter, keep them out of the sun and heat and in a cool, dry place. You can also store the cannabutter in the fridge.

How to make cannaoil and cannabutter

The most crucial part of these recipes is making cannabis infused butter, which is very simple / oil perfectly (Shutterstock)

These recipes call for cannaoil and cannabutter. These are fats infused with weed that give a buttery, delicious flavor profile without the extra grassy taste of using cannabis. Cannabinoids like THC and CBD are fat-soluble and require fat to be adequately broken down by the body. Learn how to make cannabutter.

Cannaoil is simple to make, and you can use any type of oil you like. However, because our fried chicken recipe contains deep frying, try using canola or peanut oil. Here’s how to make weed-infused cooking oil:

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat 2 pounds of the oil over low heat until thoroughly warmed.
  2. Add 10-14 grams of decarboxylated cannabis (based on your preferences) to the oil, and stir thoroughly to mix.
  3. Continue to cook the oil mixture over low-medium heat for 3 hours while stirring occasionally. Make sure the oil doesn’t boil or simmer, although it may bubble sometimes.
  4. Line a strainer (preferable fine-mesh) with some cheesecloth, and put a large and heat-safe bowl underneath. Pour the weed-infused oil carefully through the cheesecloth, making sure to allow excess oil to strain through at the end.
  5. Using gloves and taking care if it’s hot, carefully remove the cheesecloth from the strainer before squeezing any remaining oil into the bowl.
  6. Allow it to cool completely before transferring the weed-infused oil to an airtight container.

The importance of decarboxylation

Decarboxylation is essential before adding weed into an edible recipe. Cannabis in its natural form contains cannabinoids like CBD and THC; however, they are not activated. For activation to occur and create the characteristic “high,” decarboxylation must occur, typically by heating cannabis in an oven at around 220-240 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes.

Decarboxylation: How to activate cannabis/THC

How much weed should you use when cooking?

To make the infused seasoning or weed chicken, you’ll need to incorporate enough weed to feel the effects, but not too much that it creates an uncontrollable high that lasts longer than you want it to.

Although the recipe calls for specific quantities of weed or cannabutter/cannaoil, it’s recommended to adjust the amount based on how strong you want your poultry to be. If you generally only use a few teaspoons of weed in your edibles, then any more than that might be unwise for your first time making THC-infused chicken. You can always add more later, if needed.

THC-infused roasted chicken/ turkey recipe

A cannabis infused turkey can not only taste good with a buzz, but can also inspire a munchies spree to have all the sides (Shutterstock)

Take a traditional comfort food and incorporate in some weed with this THC-infused weed chicken or turkey recipe. While it might sound like a classic roast dish, adding some cannabis infused oil into mix can help spice up your next Sunday dinner or Thanksgiving feast.

Yield: 1 chicken, about 3 lbs 1 turkey, 7 – 12 lbs 
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: about 20 minutes/lbs @ 325F for turkey. About 25 minutes/lbs @350F for chicken

Ingredients

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  • 1

    whole chicken or turkey, cleaned and innards removed

  • 1

    lemon, cut into slices

  • 1

    large onion, cut into 4 pieces

  • 1

    whole chicken or turkey, cleaned and innards removed

  • 1

    lemon, cut into slices

  • 1

    large onion, cut into 4 pieces

Seasoning mix

Ingredients

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  • 1

    tablespoon salt

  • 2

    teaspoons pepper

  • 1

    tablespoon onion powder

  • 1

    tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1

    tablespoon paprika

  • 1

    teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1

    teaspoon dried oregano

  • Dash of cayenne pepper or chili flakes

  • 2

    teaspoons ground and decarboxylated cannabis (based on preferences)

  • 1

    tablespoon salt

  • 2

    teaspoons pepper

  • 1

    tablespoon onion powder

  • 1

    tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1

    tablespoon paprika

  • 1

    teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1

    teaspoon dried oregano

  • Dash of cayenne pepper or chili flakes

  • 2

    teaspoons ground and decarboxylated cannabis (based on preferences)

Pan gravy

Ingredients

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Roasted infused turkey or chicken instructions

  1. Mix all the seasonings in a bowl thoroughly.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking tray with foil, or lightly grease a large roasting pan.
  3. Liberally season the bird on the outside and inside the cavity with seasoning mix, ensuring to get some under the skin as well. 
  4. Stuff the chopped lemons and onions into the cavity; then tie the legs together with some kitchen string.
  5. Place the bird breast-side up into your tray or pan and place the chicken or turkey in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, turn heat to 325 F and continue to cook following the time per pound guide listed above. Remember to baste the birds  throughout the cooking process.You’ll know it’s ready when juices run clear after the chicken or turkey thigh is pierced with a skewer.
  6. Remove chicken or turkey from the oven and allow to rest, uncovered, for 30-50% of its cooking time before serving. For example, if you cook a chicken for 1-½ hours, rest it for a minimum of 30 minutes.  
  7. In the roasting pan, add cannabutter  and fresh thyme to the drippings and whisk to create a pan gravy. 
  8. Carve your bird and drizzle the infused pan gravy over the top. Garnish with fresh lemon wedges and enjoy.

Weed fried chicken 

Fried chicken is a delicious and well-loved favorite by all, so why not add a cannabis twist and take it to the next level with a THC-infused batter? The recipe calls for the chicken to be fried in cannaoil, but you can adjust or replace the amount or ratio with substitutes based on your weed dosage preferences.

Yield: Can serve 6-8
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

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  • A whole chicken (roughly around 3-4 pounds, cut into pieces)

  • 1 quart

    oil for frying

  • 1.5

    buttermilk

  • 4.5

    cups all-purpose plain flour

  • 1

    Tbsp decarboxylated, ground cannabis

  • A whole chicken (roughly around 3-4 pounds, cut into pieces)

  • 946 ml

    oil for frying

  • 1.5

    buttermilk

  • 4.5

    cups all-purpose plain flour

  • 1

    Tbsp decarboxylated, ground cannabis

Chicken Seasoning

Ingredients

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  • 1.5

    teaspoons salt

  • 1.5

    tablespoons black pepper

  • 1

    tablespoon paprika

  • 1

    tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1

    tablespoon chicken seasoning

  • 1.5

    teaspoons salt

  • 1.5

    tablespoons black pepper

  • 1

    tablespoon paprika

  • 1

    tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1

    tablespoon chicken seasoning

Instructions

  1. Add chicken pieces to buttermilk and marinate overnight or a minimum of three hours.
  2. Mix flour and chicken seasoning and set aside. 
  3. Heat the cannaoil (or canola oil mix) in a deep fat fryer at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  4. Add marinated chicken to flour mixture and thoroughly coat. Shake off excess flour and add to fryer.  
  5. Fry for  about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the chicken from the stove, and place it on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil before serving. Repeat until all chicken is cooked. Chicken can be held in a 180F preheated oven.  

Chef’s tip

For an extra cannabis kick, toss your fried chicken in infused hot sauce!

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