Roasted Chicken with Fresh Herbs

Roasted Chicken and Fresh Herbs

 

This recipe masters the Roasted Chicken.

It comes out of the oven out juicy with super crunchy flavorful skin, packing major fresh herb flavor. It was recommended to me by a person I highly recommend you get to know, Vanessa from Without a Measuring Cup.

Vanessa is a personal chef  and event planner based in Boston and she happens to be one of my sweetest friends from college. We spent many nights dancing away at clubs in Miami and now we share the same love for great food and cooking.

Her cooking mantra is all about not measuring every single ingredient and allowing her senses to guide her. This same method describes how I fell in love with cooking… glass of wine in hand, playing with the flavors and using your senses, not tying yourself to a strict recipe. It helps you become more comfortable in the kitchen which can completely change your perspective on cooking!

Vanessa’s Roasted Chicken with Fresh Herbs recipe is adapted from the James Beard Award winning chef Gordon Hamersley’s recipe and you can check out an interview she had with him right here.

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Roasted Chicken with Fresh Herbs
Roasted Chicken with Fresh Herbs
Course dinner
Cuisine American, French
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course dinner
Cuisine American, French
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Combine the ingredients for the herb mix together and set aside.
  3. Remove the backbone of the chicken (or have your butcher do it).
  4. Next, starting on one side of the chicken, carefully insert your fingers into the skin and the breast meat and loosen the skin. Do this throughout the chicken- you want to make space between the skin layer and the meat.
  5. Fill the area between the skin & the meat with the filling. Rub the herb filling all over the meat of the chicken and inside the skin. (Get in there good!)
  6. Rub the outside of the chicken with salt & pepper & and left over herb mixture
  7. A roasting pan with a rack works best but you can also use a large baking pan. Place your chicken in the roasting pan (or baking pan) and into your pre-heated oven and cook for 45 minutes.
  8. For a nice brown, crispy chicken, finish by broiling on high for 3-8 minutes. Since ovens vary so much, keep on eye on the chicken so that it doesn't burn.
  9. Remove from the oven, let cool a couple minutes, and enjoy!
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Served with with these honey glazed carrots and steamed broccolini.

 

 Fire alarm was not my friend cooking this dish. 🙂

 

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Thai Chicken & Pineapple Purple Fried Rice

Thai Chicken & Pineapple Purple Fried rice by KeelyMarie.com

 

What in the world…purple rice?  PINEAPPLE purple fried rice. Are my recipes getting too weird for you guys? I hope not, because this is seriously one of my favorite dishes I’ve ever cooked. SO ADDICTING. Thai fried rice is really different from traditional soy sauce seasoned fried rice and it’s a refreshing switch up. You don’t need to use purple rice, but if you can find it in your store then definitely DO.

I loaded this dish with veggies, chicken, and good stuff. Think carrots, scallions, edamame, bean sprouts, peanuts, basil, jalapeño, and pineapple. Then, to top it off, you use coconut milk and fish sauce for even more flavor. Oh…and purple rice. Make this dish now! I beg you.

How was your weekend? I spent mine with family (Mom and sister are in town) out and about around South Beach drinking mojitos and eating lots of great food. Hope you had a fabulous weekend as well.

 

Thai Chicken & Pineapple Purple Fried Rice

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 5-6

Ingredients

  1. 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  2. 1/2 cup slice scallions, greens included
  3. 2 carrots (or a cup of baby carrots), diced small
  4. 2 cups bean sprouts
  5. 3/4 cup frozen edamame beans
  6. 12 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast, diced small
  7. 1 1/2 cups pineapple, diced small
  8. 1 tablespoon, minced garlic
  9. 3-4 cups cooked rice (I used Thai Purple Sticky Rice), cooked ahead of time and chill if time allows
  10. 2 eggs
  11. 1/2 cup coconut milk, add more to taste
  12. 2 tablespoons nam pla (fish sauce), add more to taste
  13. salt, black pepper, and garlic powder, to taste
  14. 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  15. 1/2 cup fresh basil, thai if you can find it
  16. 1 or more small fresh hot green chiles, I used 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced tiny
  17. lime wedges

Instructions

Put 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over high heat. When it’s hot, add the scallions, carrot, edamame, and bean sprouts and cook, stirring occasionally, until they soften and begin to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Lower the heat if the mixture starts to burn. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl with a slotted spoon.

Add another tablespoon of the oil to the pan, followed by the chicken pieces. Season with a few pinches of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook, stirring occasionally, over high heat until the chicken is no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the pineapple and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Combine the chicken vegetables and remove from the heat.

In a separate (Large pan) put the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the skillet on high heat, followed by the garlic. About 15 seconds later, begin to add the rice, a bit at a time, breaking up any clumps with your fingers and stirring it into the oil. When all the rice is added, make a well in its center and break the eggs into it; scramble it a bit, then incorporate it into the rice.

Return the chicken and vegetables to the rice pan and stir to integrate. Add the coconut milk and cook, stirring, until most of the liquid has boiled off, just a minute or so. Add the fish sauce, then taste and season with salt and pepper. Turn off the heat and stir in the peanuts, basil, and chiles/jalapeno. Serve with the lime wedges.

Notes

adapted from The Food Matters Cookbook by Mark Bittman using the recipe "Spicy Fried Rice with Bean Sprouts, Chicken, and Peanuts" page 322

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Head over to the Food Matters Project blog to see what recipes the other members cooked up, inspired by Mark Bittman’s Spicy Fried Rice recipe from the Food Matters Cookbook. It was my week hosting so I picked this recipe, so happy it was a winner! Can’t wait to make it again. (The leftover went fast)

Thai Chicken & Pineapple Purple Fried Rice by KeelyMarie at http://www.keelymarie.com

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Japanese-Spiced Roasted Beets + Parsnips

Japanese Spice Roasted Beets + Parsnips by Keely Marie

 

This is officially the first time I’ve cooked beets at home and I am slowly beginning to enjoy them. {Wasn’t a fan previously} Amber Antonelli’s Beet Hummus recipe turned me onto them half of the way. These beets took me 3/4 the way there. Thanks for the recipe choice this week Sandra.

I need one final WINNER of a beet recipe and I just might say I like beets. MIGHT.

Also, totally random… I believe I now know where the saying “Beet Red” came from after cooking this recipe. WHAT did you say? You mean it’s not “BEAT red,” like you beat someone up!? Please tell me this makes sense to you. I actually had that silly aha moment alone with my glass of wine in the kitchen, hands bright red from peeling the beets.

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This recipe is sweet with the honey walnuts and a “spicy” from the black pepper and chili powder, my favorite flavor combo. I only used half of the spice mix the recipe called for, seemed overkill to use more as it is pretty strong.

What is your favorite beet recipe? Do you have THE ONE to make me a full beet lover?  I want to know!

 

Japanese-Spiced Roasted Beets + Parsnips

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: 4

adapted from the food Matters Project Cookbook by Mark Bittman

Ingredients

  1. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for greasing the pan
  2. 1 1lb beets (about 2 large), peeled and cut into wedges
  3. 3-4 parsnips, peeled and chopped into wedges
  4. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  5. 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  6. 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  7. 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds
  8. 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  9. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  10. 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  11. Salt
  12. 1/2 cup sliced scallions
  13. 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  14. 2 tablespoons honey

Instructions

Heat the oven to 400°F. Grease a large roasting pan with oil. Place the beets in the pan, drizzle with the 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and the sesame oil, and toss to coat. Sprinkle with garlic powder and a pinch of salt.

Roast, undisturbed, for 20 minutes. Check on them and add oil if they are sticking to the pan. Continue roasting, turning every 10 minutes or so, until crisp on the outside and just tender inside, another 20 to 30 minutes.

While the beets are roasting, mix 1/3 cup chopped walnuts with 2 tablespoons honey in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Meanwhile, put the peppercorns and white sesame seeds in a spice or coffee grinder grind to a coarse powder. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in the orange zest, chili powder, and poppy seeds. When the beets are cooked toss them with the half of the spice mixture, a pinch of salt, and the scallions. Then toss in the honeyed walnuts. Return to the oven for a minute or 2 to toast the spices and walnuts. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Keep the leftover seasoning in the fridge and use for meat or other veggies within a day or 2. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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And check out all the creative beet recipes from the Food Matter Project members here.

 

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Served with pan seared pork chops using the same spice mix, minus the orange zest

 

 

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Beans n’ Greens Burrito ::: Lucky Day

This was strange.

I was craving German Brown Coal. {I blame this on Peter’s Mom.} Actually I think it is really called Braunkohl.

So I made it.

What’s Brown Coal you ask?

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Seared Bean Sprouts with Beef & Sesame Orange Sauce

Picture from catesworldkitchen.com

{Picture from cate’s world kitchen}

 
Sprouts. 
Fillers. 
Tasteless. 
Waste of space. 

Well Mark Bittman, you’ve done it again.

Maybe this is the theme of this Food Matters Project, but I was scared of the amount of sprouts in this recipe. SPROUTS? They are a filler food to me. I hate when Benihana or better yet, KOBE’s, puts them in their fried rice. Total blemish in a perfect food.

But these sprouts won me over. Just like the brussels sprouts won so many people over last week. Pretty good @Bittman, pretty good. This recipe is for keeps. Thanks for a great pick this week Dominica!

I was excited to try this recipe because of the asian style sauce and the quick cook time (less than 20 min!).  Minus the sprouts- I know, I know I can stop with the sprouts. But that’s the idea of this Food Matters Project right? Expand my horizons and eat a little better. I did make a side of chicken fried rice though just in case. 😉

I stuck to the recipe 100%, but hesitated while searing the beef on high. It was sliced so thin and the pan is supposed to be on high with oil, I really thought I would ruin it. My bad, I turned the heat down and afterwards wish I had seared it on high. Cooking such thin cut meat on high for just 2 minutes will help it stay tender, mine ended up a bit more tough.

This recipe’s sauce was pretty watery since it’s made with fresh squeezed orange juice, orange zest, soy sauce, and honey.

::: I’d like to make it again, but begin by sautéing the sauce in a saucepan on the side with a bit of corn starch. This will thicken it up a bit before pouring it over the sprouts and beef.  I will also add crushed red pepper flakes, and 1 more tablespoon each of  honey and soy sauce. :::

Seared Bean Sprouts with Beef and Sesame Orange Sauce

Full Recipe by Mark Bittman found HERE at WINE FOOD LOVE

Ingredients:

  • thinly sliced beef
  • 2 oranges, squeezed and zested
  • soy sauce
  • honey
  • lots of sprouts
  • sesame seeds
  • scallions

Tips:

  • Good pick for a quick carb free meal (less than 20 minutes)
  • Don’t be afraid to sear the meat on high, just keep it to 2 minutes
  • Potentially try cooking the sauce on the side and thickening it with a bit or corn starch before pouring it over
  • For a bold flavor add 1 more tablespoon each of soy sauce and honey
  • For spice add a pinch of crushed red pepper
 ::: Head here to see how the other members of the Food Matter’s Project fared. I can’t wait to see if anyone got creative! :::

Chicken Fried Rice       side serves 4

  • 1 chicken breast, chopped very small
  • 1 cup of white or brown rice, cooked and set aside (makes 3 cups cooked)
  • 1/2 a large sweet onion diced
  • 3 scallions, sliced up to some of the green
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup frozen edamame
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Heat olive oil on medium high heat. Cook chicken for 3 or 4 minutes until there is no pink you can see. Add onions, scallion, and carrots and cook for 4 minutes. Add peas and edamame cook for 4 more minutes. Add rice, garlic powder, ginger, soy sauce, and salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 4 more minutes.

Push rice to the side and crack the eggs into the pan. Let cook for 30 seconds (until fluffy) then mix into the rice. Add sesame seeds.  Add more seasonings to your preference.

::: keelymarie :::