Samstag, 15. November 2014

Butterflied chicken with oven baked vegetables

Today I prepared chicken, butterflied and placed on a bed made of vegetables. This dish will do all the cooking on it's own, easy.
The chicken was not that big, but raised organic, running around all day. Hopefully such a nice chicken life ended in a fine meal:

my share, a small piece of breast, vegetables, broth
For Preparation:
Just cut the chicken backbone out using a well-honed and heavy kitchen knife and flatten the chicken (I also removed the small rib bones attached to both backsides). Trim and peel, slice the vegetables:
  • 5 potatoes, cut into small wedges, 
  • 6 slender "baby" carrots just split lengthwise
  • 15 baby* onions, peeled
  • 3/4 butternut squash, cut into bigger wedges
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into bigger chunks
  • 2 sweet chocolate chili peppers, quartered
  • 3 jalapeno chili peppers, sliced into rings
  • 2 garlic gloves
  • a few sage leaves, a sprig thyme
*)To peel very small baby onions - I don't know the english name for those kind of onions, in german they are called pearl onions, it is best to soak the bulbs in hot water, just for a few minutes, rinse with cold water and peel the brown now soft outer skin. (By the way the chili peppers were home grown)

Place the vegetables into a deep baking dish, add the herbs, sprinkle with
salt, dash olive oil, very good pinch mexican spice mix (all-spice, cinnamon, pepper, chiliflakes)
place the chicken skin-side up on the vegetables rub with salt and mexican spice mix and sweet paprika (1 tablespoon).  I also placed the backbone into the dish, for a better broth - be seen at the upper side.

Place the baking dish into the oven at 200 C and roast for 15 minutes, add 500 ml water and let roast for 30 - 40 more minutes (depends on chicken size). Stir the vegetables 2x during this time and laddle some of the broth over the chicken once in a while but not during the last 8 minutes.
Ready to be served. The meat should be juicy and tender (when a tooth pick is poked into the thickest part of a chicken thigh and juices are running clear the chicken meat is done) , the potatoes should be soft. Believe me, the broth is just heavenly, maybe adjust the seasoning but usually it is just fine.

Husband had 1 thigh and I had some of the breast meat:


Bettina hat gesagt…

Hallo aus Österreich
ich würde gerne einmal wissen, was aus dem Nukadoku geworden ist, das hier vorgestellt wurde bzw. probiert wurde. Da ich mich daran einmal trauen wollte, suche ich nach Erfahrungsberichten :)

Fräulein Trude hat gesagt…

Ich habe es mittlerweile aufgegeben,weil zu viel Arbeit