How to make THC chicken: 2 recipes
Learn how to make crispy sautéed THC chicken breast, and how to amp up a whole roast turkey or chicken with cannabutter. Easy and delicious, you'll likely find yourself coming back to these recipes again and again!
Here we give you two recipes for infusing chicken (and turkey) with THC. The first is a simple, fried chicken breast, while the second is a whole roasted chicken or turkey, with THC gravy!
Easy and delicious, these recipes are great to make at home when you fancy a warm dish that also gets you high. Enjoy!
Important considerations before making THC chicken
Before you get cooking with cannabis, there are a few preliminary steps you need to take in order for it to go smoothly. You can’t just put some bud and a garlic clove under the chicken’s wing and hope for a psychoactive dinner—although it might have a nice fragrance!
To cook with cannabis, you ideally need to start out with canna-oil or cannabutter. This already contains decarboxylated weed. Decarboxylation is the process whereby the cannabinoids in cannabis are “activated”, meaning they take on a form that can interface with the human body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).
To decarb weed, simply grind it up, place it on a baking sheet in the oven at around 110°C, and leave it for half an hour. This heating process causes THCA to become THC—the compound in cannabis responsible for causing the high.
Regarding how much cannabis to use, this is ultimately up to you. However, generally, around half an ounce (14 grams) is a good amount of cannabis for a single batch of cannabutter or canna-oil. But this can be scaled in either direction. Maybe you want to make it super strong, or maybe you're just using leftover trim from a grow.
Check out our top ten tips for cooking with cannabis to get a good idea of the dos and don’ts.
THC chicken: 2 recipes
So, without any further ado, here’s how to make both cannabis-infused chicken breasts and THC chicken/turkey.
Note: both recipes require cannabutter. Check out our post on how to make cannabutter, if you haven’t already.
Marijuana-infused chicken breast
Cannabis-infused chicken breast is a delicious psychoactive main dish. You’d be surprised at how well the flavours of cannabis and chicken go together.
With this recipe, there are some essential ingredients, and some that are simply recommendations. Don’t feel pressured, though, and don’t feel restricted either. If you’ve got an idea of something you could do better, just do it!
Note: The recipe below serves four people, but adjust as you see fit.
What do you need?
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 200ml white wine or chicken stock
- 4 tbsp. cannabutter
- 1 tsp. tarragon (optional)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard (optional)
- 150ml cream (optional)
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- Frying pan
- Large spoon to mix
- Melt the cannabutter in a skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Avoiding letting the cannabutter start to smoke. While the butter melts, sprinkle salt and pepper on your chicken breasts.
- Fry the chicken breasts in the melted cannabutter until fully cooked. Depending on the size of the breasts, the cooking time will vary, but around 12 or so minutes should be sufficient. The outside should be golden brown, while the inside should all be white. If there is any pink, it is not fully cooked.
- Once fully cooked, set the chicken breasts aside. You could stop here for an incredibly simple weed-infused chicken breast. But to spice it up a bit, continue.
- Now, add the stock or white wine to the empty skillet or frying pan (there should still be butter leftover).
- Add all the other ingredients, and mix well. Bring to a simmer and allow to infuse for a couple minutes.
- Once sufficiently reduced, drizzle this sauce over the chicken and enjoy!
Note: Given that this recipe involves subjecting cannabutter to direct heat from a frying pan, some of the THC will degrade as a result. You will still experience a psychoactive kick from THC chicken breasts, but excessive heat will minimise overall potency. To avoid heat degradation, consider swapping out half of the cannabutter for regular butter in the beginning, and then adding the other half of your cannabutter to the sauce at the very end.
THC whole chicken or turkey
This one is great for a special occasion, and requires a whole bird. It works equally well with chicken or turkey. Maybe try it for Christmas or Thanksgiving, or perhaps just for a psychoactive Sunday roast!
Whenever you choose to make it, here’s how.
What do you need?
- Whole chicken or turkey
- 1 lemon
- 1 large onion
- 4 tbsp. cannabutter
- 1 tsp. thyme
- 2 garlic cloves, crush and chopped
- Pinch of paprika
- 1 tsp. oregano
- Pinch of cayenne or chilli powder
- Black pepper
- String to tie the bird
- Deep baking dish
- Sharp knife to carve
- Mix all seasonings together in a bowl.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C.
- Season the bird all over with the seasoning mix.
- Place chopped lemons and onions in the cavity. Tie the legs closed.
- Place the chicken/turkey in a deep baking dish and leave it in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Once time has elapsed, turn the oven down to 160°C and leave for the allotted time. Roughly 30 mins per 500 grams is suitable, though the packaging is likely to give exact timings. To check, pierce the meat with a skewer or knife. If the liquid runs clear, it is cooked. If it runs pink, it needs more time.
- Remove from the oven and allow to rest.
- While it is resting, add the cannabutter and thyme to the baking tray, and mix with the drippings to make a delicious gravy.
- Carve the bird and drizzle with the canna-gravy. Delicious!
The joy of cooking with cannabis
As mentioned, feel free to embellish these recipes however you see fit. And remember, cannabutter and canna cooking oil are highly versatile, and can be added to pretty much anything. So take inspiration from these two recipes and see where your creativity leads you!