Friday, January 23, 2009

St. Tropez Chicken


If you, like me, have finally overcome the stumbling block of cutting up your own chicken, perhaps you crave a simple but endlessly satisfying meal after all of that hard work.  This is one such meal.  It's almost embarrassingly simple, yet the flavor will never give you away.  R and I both loved this, the chicken stays moist and falls off the bone.  And from a girl used to cooking boned, skinned chicken breasts, the flavor is incomparable.  Thanks, Nigella, I'm a believer.  



St. Tropez Chicken

Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup rosé or white wine
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon herbes de provence

In a large freezer bag, place the chicken pieces.  Combine the lemon juice, the oil and the wine, then whisk in the honey to dissolve.  Pour this mixture over the chicken, and add the garlic and herbs.  Seal the bag and refrigerate overnight or up to two days.

Preheat the oven to 325.  Put the chicken into a roasting pan along with the marinade, skin side up.  Cover with foil and cook for 2 hours.  Remove the foil and increase the oven temperature to 425.  Continue to cook for an additional 15 - 25 minutes, until the chicken is nicely browned.  

Remove the chicken to a warm plate and cover to keep warm.  Transfer the roasting pan to the stove and spoon off any excess fat from the sauce.  Add 1/2 cup water and deglaze the pan.  Spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve.  

UPDATE:  I realize that while I had "wine" in the ingredient list, I forgot to mention when to add it.  It should go into the marinade along with the other ingredients.  I've corrected the recipe above.

14 comments:

Susan C said...

I'm still afraid to cut up my own chickens, but you're getting me closer! This chicken looks delicious.

gastroanthropologist said...

Chicken on the bone also has a special, delicious flavor. Honey, lemon, olive oil, and herbes de provence...so St. Tropez. Your chicken looks gorgeous!

denver native said...

You're definitely inspiring me to do the same - this looks delicious and very flavorful - thanks for going through the effort!

Hayley said...

I love all of Nigella's recipes, and this looks so nice. Thanks for sharing!

Donna-FFW said...

Ive never tried Nigellas recipes, but this description and photo makes me want this to be my first one!! Thank you!

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Sounds delicious and makes me long for summer. My French grandmother was sheer magic with a chicken, though she always roasted them whole. They did melt off the bone, and the ingredients were similar, minus the butter.

bensbaby116 said...

These look like great flavors together! I have to admit that I might buy the chicken already cut up into pieces. I'm not that brave yet. Way to go!

Andrea said...

Susan, I know, there's just something about tackeling a whole animal. But if I can do it, anyone can do it, seriously.

Gastroanthropologist, definitely. Pre-boned chicken has nothing on meat that was cooked on the bone.

Denver Native, It's easy!

Hayley, me too, there's just something about her

Donna, you'll love her! Let me know how it goes if you give it a try.

Wanderers' Daughter, your grandmother's method sounds wonderful. I love roasting a nice whole chicken, but it's been a few months.

Bensbaby, no shame in that! Although I'm sure you'd do a great job if you ever decide to try it for yourself.

Jackie said...

Hi

What is Rose?

Andrea said...

Hi Jackie, rosé wine is pink wine. It's a shade of pink that makes it not quite red, but definitely not white. Just ask at your liquor store!

Jackie said...

Hi

I was wondering if there's a difference between the rose wine and white wine for using in this recipe. Does the rose give a better flavor than the white wine.

Andrea said...

Jackie, I don't think you'd be able to tell a difference, honestly. I'd just use whichever you'd prefer to drink afterward!

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