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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Boring Chicken?

You have to be creative. Sometimes things may go wrong. Well, for you amateurs maybe... ;-)

The slightly over caramelised parts in the pic is (curly) parsley - maybe I should have covered it for a bit while it roasted... I didn't bother with the duck I did last week... (yes it was gorgeous ;-)) but that was covered with orange slices so it had protection... not that the caramelised parsley wasn't interesting to taste :-)

I thought to myself: 'Chicken with a nice caramel crust would be nice. Oh, and maybe some smoked paprika. I have lots of parsley too...'. At this point readers of Terry Pratchett would realise that I got hit by a random Thought particle which inspired me to combine all of these things! Amazing hey?

I made a butter paste with the parsley and paprika. This was inserted into the area between the skin and meat on the breasts (after a while in the fridge to cool down). You make a pocket using your hand, just work it in gently (the skin should be quite tough to break, but don't push it).

I smeared some on the outside of the bird and sprinkled on a ground mix of salt, vanilla flavoured sugar, sage and oregano.

I halved an onion and put it in the cavity before putting it in the onion, skin still on. After the roasting, I put it into the gravy (made from the pan juices, white wine and a little chicken stock).

I was pretty boring from then on, I roasted potatoes in duck fat and served it with the chicken, gravy and sprouts.

17 comments:

Ivonne said...

Poor little guy! I hope you enjoyed every bit of it. And the potatoes roasted in goose fat ... heaven!

Mae said...

You wanted caramel crust, you got one! :)

Roast chicken is never boring!

And Terry Pratchett??? My friend reads a lot of his book. He even lend me one "Wee Free Men" [he thought i might enjoy?] which i have been reading for the last 3 years [i'm half way]- oh geez, i better give it back soon!

Nazca said...

Cream P, They were nice. I did loads though so I'm having a potato and chicken salad tonight!

mae, depends on the skill of the cook i think ;-)

I haven't read Wee Free Men, it's one of the extra ones I think? Not one of the main Ankh-Morpork/Discworld ones? I'll get round to it, in fact I need to order some books, I've read everything I have!

Mae said...

Wee Free Men is one hilarious book. I had fun reading it trying to make up Scottish accent! You should get a copy. I think you'll like it.

Stuie said...

Roast Chicken is NEVER NEVER BORING!!!! On my most recent jaunt away, we had a home roast chicken from a very good Restaurant. No matter how you cook it , it is fail safe, unless you are my Gran and then bring on the gravy, slice by slice........

Nazca said...

mae, I ordered it :-)

Stuie, I assume the weather was so cold they had to defrost the chicken before cooking?

Stuie said...

It wasn't cold just VERY wet!!! we had it delivered to the apartment from a whole food Deli on 8th Ave. VERY New York

Nazca said...

Mona'd know it I imagine... if she reads my site anymore... :-)

Cat B said...

why is your chicken wearing socks? *suspicion*

Nazca said...

It saw the cat from next door and thought it was the next to-die-for fashion item...

Cat B said...

X-D

Freya and Paul said...

Welcome to the Daring Bakers! Great to another member in the UK!
By the way, the roast chicken looks great! I'm intruiged by the vanilla element...

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Welcome to the Daring Bakers. What a Challenge we have this month!

Nazca said...

Freya and Paul: Thanks. Just seen the first recipe... what ever happened to just making trifle? ;-)

The vanilla certainly helped with the aroma...

MyKitchenInHalfCups: I just got off the football (soccer) pitch. It's warm. I'm tired. Demoralised (we got hammered). And they give me this... If I weren't a manly man I'd be crying ;-)

Elle said...

Love your inventive way with food. The chicken sounds great, even the carmelized (come on, burnt??) bits.Stopping over from the Daring Bakers site. Glad to meet 'ya.

Nazca said...

LOL they were burnt, but luckily protected the skin itself, and could be wiped off if need be. They tasted quite good though :-)

Kelly-Jane said...

Hi, I'm another new DB this month, like Freya from the UK.

Your chicken looks lovely to me :)