Sometimes the most simple meals are the best. After all, simple does not mean one-dimensional. What makes food worth eating are layers and textures and aromas. How do we eat? With our senses fully engaged – with our eyes and our noses long before that first bite.
Happy Sunday Morning everyone! I love it when the Good Lord sees fit to bless me with another day. It’s important to remember to count your blessings, big and small. Just waking up in the morning is a blessing all its own.Continue reading “Garlic Herb Butter Roasted Chicken”
I’ve noticed something while strolling through the meat section of our local markets that I find amusing. From the well-stocked chain stores, to the mega box stores and every kind of market in between that there is a new kind of chicken to be had in the meat section. It’s a Spatchcock chicken. Some have been rubbed with seasonings, others have slices of citrus tucked around them, while still others are draped in herbs such as Rosemary and Thyme. All are twice the price per pound of a regular whole chicken. I really don’t think that little sprig of herb or some spice or slices of citrus are worth the asking price. So it must be the chicken, right? After all, it’s a Spatchcock chicken – a special breed, right? It must be. This new bred of chicken has no backbone so as to spread out flat on a Styrofoam tray.
Do you love garlic? I mean really love garlic? If the answer is yes, then oh are you in for a treat. One of my favorite dishes is French Country Forty-Clove Garlic Chicken. Leave it to the French to truly endulge!
Lately we’ve been eating a lot of chicken – thanks to Costco and a big freezer in the garage. It’s getting to be time for another big run. With that in mind, I’ve been meander through my collection of recipes and set about the task of planning ahead. February’s meal planning is nearly complete! I cannot help but to chuckle – you know what they say “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”. Oh but one can only hope . . .
This chicken is delicious! It’s sweet, with a subtle kiss of garlic. The meat is very moist and the pan drippings are so packed with flavor – wow is an understatement. It is unlike any chicken I have tasted before. Best of all, there is not a whole lot of prep work involved for a dish that is delightful.
Baked Garlic Caramelized Brown Sugar Chicken
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in half
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons brown sugar
3 teaspoons olive oil
Preheat oven to 450 degrees and lightly grease a casserole dish. Set aside until ready to use.
Cut chicken width-wise to create 4 smaller breasts.Season chicken with a little salt and pepper. Place chicken breasts in a prepared baking dish.
In small sauté pan, sauté garlic with the oil until tender and fragrant, no more that a minute.
Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar. Sprinkle brown sugar-garlic mixture over breasts. Press down to hold sugar in place.
Bake uncovered for 15-30 minutes, depending upon size of breast. After 15 minutes, keep a sharp eye on breasts to avoid burning or over-cooking. If necessary, cover with foil and reduce temperature to about 425 to degrees.
Breasts are done when internal temperature is 165 degrees, the juices run clear and the meat is moist and tender.