Monday, February 22, 2010

Kitchen Confidential: Baked Chicken Provençal

Sooooo, I finally cooked. It's been ages. Why has it been so long since I've stepped foot inside my kitchen??? Your guess is as good as mine.

Do to the poopy weather this weekend, my shoots were cancelled, so I had plenty of time to organize/clean out my atrocious car and garage. I also had time to grocery shop and cook...and it felt good!

I invited some friends over for dinner and we had belly laughs and tons of fun AND I tried a new recipe that wasn't disastrous!!!

Check out my latest dish, Chicken Provençal:

First, I began with a delicious cava (the Spanish version of champagne). It was AMAZING!
Hello yummy ingredients! 4 garlic cloves, 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, thyme, tarragon, EVOO, 3/4 tsp salt, 1 (3 1/2 lb) chicken, 1 lemon, quartered, 1 lb whole small red potatoes, 2 red onions, each cut into 6 wedges, 3 plum tomatoes, halved, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 zucchini, 1 yellow squash.

Using the fresh herbs, EVOO, and some salt, create a paste and mix it together, then rub it under the skin and onto the breast and legs.
Quarter a lemon and jam it up inside the chicken. Ya, I just said that.

The last step involves wrapping the legs together with kitchen twine, then placing the vegetables all around the chicken. Cook on 425 for about 45 minutes, or until the chicken is done (at about 180 degrees internally). I ended up having to cook mine for longer as I'm not really a fan of raw chicken. : )

Sadly, I didn't get an after picture because we tore into the delicious meal like vampires (sorry, Twilight was a topic of discussion at dinner). However, the bird was juicy and perfectly seasoned. We all agreed the recipe was a good one and that this would go into a regular rotation!

I'm sharing this recipe with my friends at Tasty Tuesday. Head over there for more yummy recipes STAT!


Nancy said...

I have a chicken issue too. It is an art form to cook to the right temp and tying those little chicken legs back... art.:) Looks yummy.

JadeLD said...

Ha you will not believe how long it took me to work out EVOO! Do'h need more coffee I think. This looks really good and not too complicated - my kind of recipe.

Saw you post retweeted by Sandy at Reluctant Entertainer.

Sandy said...

I've done that many times - devour before the pix!


Liz@thisfullhouse said...

Here via Sandy's (Reluctant Entertainer) Tweet -- looks great and am totally coveting your camera...what do you use, if you don't mind me asking?

Luv 2 Kreate said...

sounds and looks yummy, going to try this

Ashley said...

So this is what you're making tomorrow, right? Ha ha. Looks fabulous!

Melanie said...

There is nothing like a roast chicken. Yum.

Momfluential said...

that looks seriously tasty. I am inspired to try it!

Sean said...

I was there and I loved it! Thanks again JJ....

Buckeroomama said...

Stopped by from Jana's (Sugar, Spice & a Slice of Life)... and I'm so glad I did! I'm really enjoying your blog. :)

I've tried a similar recipe before and we love it! But I will try adding some of your ingredients next time.