Curry, paprika & thyme poussins

by smth good on August 22, 2011

in meat&poultry

A couple of days ago, I went to a farmers’ market to buy some chicken meat. One stand was selling poussins, two pieces per package. Grain fed, 450 gr each, beautiful poussins, excellent for roasting. And I was just standing there, staring while the seller kept asking me how many I want. Do you know why? Because I felt like being sent back to those communist days when there was so little food and such long queues to get it. I remember queueing with my mom for more than 4 hours one day just to buy two small chickens, carelessly packed in a plastic bag, together with some frozen tomatoes (up to this day I hate the smell of frozen tomatoes…). Yes, there were hard days. Execrable quality of food, not to mention the quantity. On paper, it sounded like a healthy nutrition plan – lots of soy products, fat free dairy products, only 1 loaf of bread & 200 grams of meat / person… The problem, however, was the lack of choice.

Nowadays, we have a lot of choices, some of them far from being healthy. But we do have choices. It’s up to us to eat healthy, to get correctly informed, to choose the right ingredients and the best recipes. It’s up to us to decide what’s good and healthy. This is the reason why culinary bloggers are so important and I do appreciate so much their work and dedication. With their help, not to mention the spread of the internet nowadays, everyone can be inspired to cook and enjoy amazing dishes, find out about less common ingredients or about culinary destinations, discover new flavours and combinations, and most of all, discover the people behind the blogs. Some of the blogs that keep inspiring me: Nami – Just One Cookbook, Chef Dennis, Kate, Ping, Brown Eyed Baker, Verses from my kitchen, Cakewalker, Angie’s Recipes, MonetQuay Po, Lick my spoon, Orangette, 101 cookbooks and many, many more.

I enjoy visiting food blogs and browse and bookmark recipes, techniques, food culture trivia, stunning photographies or just delicious stories. I must confess I am not necessarily good at leaving comments, but believe me, staring and drooling – that’s my way of being thankful :) .

And, yes, I bought those poussins :) . Here’s the recipe!

Serves 2, prep. time 1 hour


  • 2 poussins
  • 2  tbsp butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp dry thyme, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 170ºC/ 340ºF.

Wash the poussins and tap them dry.

Prepare the marinade:

- peel, crush and mince the garlic

- mix butter with garlic, curry powder, paprika, thyme, salt and pepper

Rub the poussins inside and outside with the marinade. Put them in zipped bags and let them marinate for a while. If you are in a hurry, you can place them directly in the oven.

Whole roasted poussins stay juicy. If you want a drier version, you need to spatchcock the poussins first, and I suggest grilling.

Roast for 45 minutes or so and serve with salads or vegetables. Enjoy!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly August 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Wow these look incredible and cooked to perfection!! Love the flavors! :)


Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. August 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Perfect! Love the simplicity of the ingredients!


Irena August 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Love the post and the birds. Dish looks fantastic:)


Liz August 23, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Oh, these are roasted perfectly…crispy and flavorful skin…and healthy to boot!


Magic of Spice August 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm

These are beautifully prepared and just love your choice of spices :)


Charissa August 24, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I love that you got the chicken at a farmer’s market…that’s the way we should be doing things!
Wish I had a farmer’s market close by…sniff. :)


Nami | Just One Cookbook August 25, 2011 at 3:36 am

Your recipe sounds too easy for this beautiful chicken (I Googled what Poussin means and learned something new today!). I want to try this recipe with drumettes so kids can bite on it (to be honest, I’ve cooked whole chicken just once and I’m just inexperienced haha). Love curry spice…we make a lot of things curry flavor in Japan, and of course chicken sounds perfect. Also, thank you for mentioning my name. I’m really honored that you mentioned about me. I agree – after starting blogging this year, I learned A LOT! I gave up on my TV time, but I think I gained way more knowledge about cooking and other cuisines. It’s challenging for me to visit all the blogs I want to see but I just do my best to follow and learn. I’d be a better cook next year. =) Thanks again for the recipe and mention. ^_^


Ellie | Gourmand Recipes August 27, 2011 at 12:43 am

Your dish looks amazing! Love the flavors.


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