Chicken… the word can invoke many feelings. Young children and immature adults throw the word out as an insult to someone not daring enough. Parents throw the word out for dinner only to be met with a monotone grumble. Most restaurants have a chicken dish, but it is the lowly priced option most do when the steak is out of reach. So dare if you will to make chicken… an exciting, first choice!
Chicken may cost less than filet’ but for our family, buying organic chicken is not something we compromise on. Yes… that choice cost more. I make no arguments that I spend a lot on food and choose to skimp elsewhere. I have found buying whole chicken is cheaper and even invested in card from Costco so I get 2 birds for just a small amount more than one elsewhere. Never broken down a chicken? No worries… Alex “The French Guy Cooking” will show you (and if you close your eyes he sounds just like Peppy LaPew. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp3e7b_hfxY
Now Alex broke it down a bit more than I do for this recipe. I left the bone on the breast and the thighs attached to the legs. But if you need to stretch the servings… break it down as Alex did. Save and freeze that stock, you’ll be so happy you have it on hand later.
I marinated them in the following:
1 part water
1 part white wine
Salt this liquid heavily (I had a bout 4 cups liquid & used 1/8 + cup salt)
I then added in generous amounts of… Thyme & whole peppercorns.
Start it early before the day gets going and it will be waiting in the frig for a nice supper.
Take that chicken that has been bathing in all that flavor all day and place in a hot/high cast iron pan. Sear both sides and then move to the oven and back at 350 until done. Towards the end of the roasting, add the glaze below:
In a small skillet melt 1/2 cup of organic,
Apricot All fruit (not jelly)
2 Tsps course ground pepper
2 tsps of butter
a dash of garlic powder
Cook until the glaze has cooked good on the chicken, remove, let sit a few minutes and serve. I hope you enjoy and remember: “Be thrifty in life, but don’t skimp on your food” ~kk