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Chicken makes me happy

Posted: August 26th, 2009 | Author: alyssa | Filed under: Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

It truly does.  Not just because it has good flavor, but because you can do ANYTHING with it.  Fried, baked, sauteed, grilled…breakfast, lunch, dinner…all of it.  It is also fairly easy to work with, although I have had some of my biggest culinary tankings with chicken, so I’m not going to be a big enough punk to say that its ‘impossible to screw up’, which by the way is the stupidest phrase ever.  If you know, you know that I can screw anything up (see pizza post).

Anyway, my life has been crazy lately.  As a volleyball coach, I am in precamp right now, and we have 3 practices a day as well as team activities, dorm duty, and OH YEAH…prepping for school which starts Monday!!.  Hence my lack of posting, for which I apologize.  So last night, I finally had the time and energy to cook, and for some reason had a strong urge to roast a chicken.  Now, that probably sounds like a strange urge, but for me its more normal than you would think :) .  So I figured I would go with it and roast a chicken.   I decided to go with my basic recipe rather than mess with it.  Luckily, living in Ohio we are surrounded by the Amish, so I actually got a pretty fresh chicken, which is nice…and free range/organic :) .  All I do it rinse the chicken inside and out, dry it off then salt and pepper the inside cavity.  Then I take a medium onion (white, yellow, red…whichever you prefer)  quartered, and about 3 large cloves of garlic and stuff them into the cavity.  Then I coat the outside in butter salt and pepper.  This was about a 4 lb chicken, so I roasted it at 375 for about an hour and a half (until it reaches 160 degrees).  Usually for about the last 10-15 minutes I turn it up to 425 to make sure the skin is extra crispy…because its just so good!  It turned out beautiful, golden brown, juicy and tender….so delicious.  However, my FAVORITE part of roasting a chicken is the leftovers.    From one chicken, I can get almost a weeks worth of meals.  I am currently using the bones of the chicken to make soup, and tonight some of the left over meat is going into a casserole with peas, corn, mushrooms, and onions all in a white wine garlic sauce and topped with super thin potato slices and parmesan that will get all brown and delicious in the oven.  Tomorrow it will go into a frittata or quiche with spinach and some sort of cheese that has yet to be determined (suggestions?).  Not to mention the lunches/wraps that I can make for lunch on the run between meetings and practice.

With my crazy schedule I love anything that I can make once and serve 4 times, so this is one of my constant fall backs.

Thats all for now, but I promise not to go so long without a post…thanks for reading!


7 Comments on “Chicken makes me happy”

  1. 1 Johanna said at 6:46 pm on August 26th, 2009:

    #1 – I love roast chicken. If I didn’t worry about boring Jesse to tears, I would probably make it every 10 days.
    #2 – A trick that I use for crispy skin (and it also helps make a not-organic free range bird taste better) is to pre-heat the dish you roast it in, drizzle in a little olive oil right before you put the bird in, and then put it in breast side down, so the juices all run into the breast for the first 10-15 minutes. Then, flip her over and cook away. :)
    #3 – I’m always a fan of gruyere for quiche/fritatta. Maybe cambazola? That’s my other go-to, for anything. Or taleggio. Or…. :)

  2. 2 Mom Johnson said at 8:32 pm on August 26th, 2009:

    I guess that Johanna IS my daughter… I think I roasted a chicken every 10 days or so when you two were growing up!.. In fact, you probably had roast chicken at our house during that time! It was never done as fancy dancy as you “Pretty Girls” do, but you got the idea!!! =)

  3. 3 Paige said at 1:55 pm on August 27th, 2009:

    This sounds so yummy! We may have to make this when we are at the lake, I am all about the comfort foods in a comfortable place :-) .

    I was wondering if I could make a request for your next post? (I know, I should be greatful for anything that you post, but a girls gotta ask.) How about some buffalo chicken dip? :-)

    Love ya!

  4. 4 Johanna said at 5:18 pm on August 27th, 2009:

    I’m with Paige. I want to learn the mysteries and magic of Buffalo Chicken Dip !!!!!

    Also, Paige, ask us questions!!!! Make requests! Please!! We love requests/questions/theme suggestions. :)

  5. 5 Alyssa said at 8:21 pm on August 27th, 2009:

    Ha ha…always trying to get my chicken dip recipe…. I’ll work on it ;)

  6. 6 Leanne said at 2:30 pm on August 28th, 2009:

    I love roast chicken but I’m scared of it. Roasting things always scares me because I’m inevitable going to under cook it or over cook it. This one seems easy enough that I could make it once the baby is born. Then direct Anthony on how to make every else with the leftovers :-) .

  7. 7 Mom Johnson said at 8:12 pm on August 29th, 2009:

    I’m adding my vote for the Buffalo Chicken Dip… and by the way, how come you girls never cooked when you were around the house???? I wouldn’t have minded letting you use the kitchen…I would even have helped with the clean up!!!

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