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    Friday, February 19, 2016

    Dinner for One - Family Favourite Roast Chicken

    Sometimes you just need a Roast Dinner and when you are living alone,
    I guess it seems like it's not worth doing, but I assure you it is.
    These days of course you can buy any old cut of meat to feed one, with usually some interesting leftovers for the next day.
    Baby lamb rumps, or in this case a Chicken leg...

    It is so simple, quick prep, into the oven and plonk down in front of TV with your favourite tipple. while it cooks away
    A virtual one pan cook, Less dishes you say?
    Yes, indeed

    Recently I have been cooking my chicken, as I learnt from Thomas Keller of
    The French Laundry, fame.
    Purely season and cook
    Lovely crisp skin, very moist chicken, just the way I like it
    I will post his instructions for a whole chicken, shortly

    The Vegetables.
    Just cut them into small cubes, everything will cook at the same time

    I had some chicken fat in the fridge, extra chicken flavour, so I used that, but normally I would use Olive Oil

    So for my Roast Chicken I used

    1 Chicken Maryland (leg)
    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
    1/2 a capsicum any colour, cut into cubes
    1 red onion large chop
    Olive Oil or Fat of your choice
    Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

    Frozen Peas

    Pre-Heat your oven to 200C
    Add a good slosh of Oil to your roasting pan
    Pop it into the oven to heat the fat
    Throw your prepared vegetables into the tin
    Season with S & P
    Toss well

    The idea with the chicken, is to keep it dry and let it cook in its own fat and juices
    So pat the leg dry, with a paper towel
    Season it well , both sides with salt and pepper
    Place on top of your vege

    Into the oven
    Cook for 25 minutes
    Remove and toss the vege around in all of the chicken juices
    and shuffle the chicken so that it is flat on the pan with all the vege around the sides
    so that they will all brown
    Back into the oven for another 10 minutes
    Slip a sharp knife or metal skewer into the leg, the juices should run clear
    Remove and let rest for about another 5-8 minutes.

    Meanwhile while they are resting
    Cook your frozen peas in the micro wave
    Should take about 2 minutes on high
    Throw into the pan and mix
    Serve, This chicken was so moist, I ate every single little bit.
    Yes I did have leftover Vege, They are going to be in a pasta dish.


    Ann Brown said...

    This chicken dish looks lovely. I am so hungry now. Dinner for one is wonderful. A chance to be self-indulgent. Why not? We should do so whenever we can. (Don't forget the wine.)

    Gilli Wrightson said...

    Always remember the wine Ann

    Ann Brown said...

    Lol. However, although it has to travel about 11,300 miles to my wine rack. It has to be New Zealand wine. :) . Enjoy.

    Ann Brown said...

    Got to be New Zealand wine though. Even though I'm over 11,000 miles away, it's the only wine in my rack.