My best friend is leaving tomorrow. She works in another country and I miss her terribly whenever she’s away. It’s true that we keep in touch via Skype, Facebook and emails but I still miss the ability to pick up the phone and give her a call to whine whenever I’m having a bad day or to share some happy or exciting news when I’m having a good one. I miss going out for a cup of tea or breakfast..you know.. some girl time when I’m just me..not the Dr… not the mother… just plain and simple me.
It is rare to find someone who can understand you without much explanation..someone you enjoy the company of even in the simplest activities.. someone who knows you inside out and still likes you.
A friend is probably life’s most precious gift. I’m blessed to have a person who is all that and more in my life.
Today’s recipe is adapted from Tyler Florence’s ultimate roast chicken recipe with a number of changes. It is truly THE ULTIMATE roast chicken and I wouldn’t even try another recipe. You can’t top perfection. over-confident? Try out the recipe and then let me know what you think 🙂
The chicken will be so juicy and Full of flavor, the skin will be crisp and delicious and the butter will keep the flesh moist and yummy
You can serve this with mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables or use the sauce in the roasting bag to make gravy. I served two ways one with frekeh (it’s smoked green wheat that is absolutely delicious ) and the other with vegetables.
Ultimate roast chicken
1/2 a stick of butter
1/2 a head of garlic
1 onion divided into quarters
1 tablespoon thyme
2 tablespoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon all spice
1 teaspoon paprika
1 orange halved
1 table-spoon flour to dust the roasting bag
Preheat the oven to 200 C
Wash the chicken with water and vinegar
Pat dry with a towel
Season the chicken inside and out with salt, pepper and paprika
Mix the softened butter with the parsley, thyme and oregano
Carefully pass your finger between the skin and the flesh at the breast and thighs
Put some of the butter mixture under the skin at the breast and thigh and the rest in the cavity of the chicken
Add half the orange, garlic and half to the onions to the cavity
Dust a roasting bag with flour
Cut one of the corners to let out steam
Put the chicken in the bag with half the orange and remaining onion and tie it
Line a pan with aluminum foil, put the chicken, cover with aluminum foil
Place in the oven for an hour and a half
Open the bag carefully, paste the chicken with the liquid in the bag then place it under the broiler till it’s golden brown