Tuesday, March 22, 2011

It's all done but the cooking

Tonight is a riff on the Nigella Lawson One Pan Chicken recipe:

                             One-Pan Chicken
Recipe By     : Nigella Lawson
                        Olive oil
  1                     chicken -- (3 1/2 pound) cut into 8 pieces
  2 1/4         pounds  new potatoes cut into 1/2-inch dice
  3             medium  red onions -- cut into segments
  16                    garlic cloves -- unpeeled
  3                     red peppers -- seeded and quartered
                        Coarse sea salt
     1/2           cup  chopped parsley leaves

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Get 2 baking dishes and pour in some olive oil to coat. Arrange the pieces of chicken, the potatoes, onions, garlic cloves, and peppers on them. (If you want to use 3 dishes and have got the room, do; the less packed everything is, the crispier the potatoes will be.) Then drizzle some more oil over, making sure everything's glossy and well slicked (but not dripping), sprinkle with the salt, and bake for about 45 minutes.
When done (and test all the component parts), strew over the parsley and - I always do this - serve straight from the baking dishes.

What I did:

I only used one 9 x 13 pyrex pan
Used two large chicken  breast halves on the bone
Marinated the meat in Penzeys Greek seasoning, lemon juice, water and olive oil
Used one onion
Used 4 garlic cloves
No red pepper
2 potatoes, cut in sixths.
1/2 pound smoked sausage cut in 4 pieces.
Baked at 375 covered for 45 minutes, uncovered 20 minutes.

Was this good - Yes.  Would I make it again - yes yes yes.  There is a point where the fork of potato with a leaf of onion and a tiny nip of smoked sausage and some chicken  breast becomes the entire purpose of this meal.  The garlic sas in there but had disappeared by the time everything was done.

chicken breasts these days seem to run freaking huge.  This tames them, keeps them moist and tender.

ps - italian sausage is awfully good here as well.

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