Friday, April 01, 2011

Lazy Day Chicken

Here's a chicken recipe you can throw together on days when you get out of work tired, hungry and certainly not in the mood to cook.  All it takes is a trip to the butcher and another to the wine shop.  I am of course assuming that you have some herbs and a little garlic lying around. Some bread and vegetables, too.  Should that not be the case, just pop into the supermarket and whatever you do, do not consider calling for takeout.  This chicken will cook while you're taking a relaxing bath and enjoying a nice glass of wine.


Lazy Day Chicken
Serves 3
1 tsp goosefat (I do adore goosefat!)
3 handsome chicken quarters (Please, make sure you buy quality meat. It tastes so much better.)
3 fat cloves of garlic, finely sliced
1 heaping teaspooon of finely chopped rosemary
200ml dry white wine (I used a sauvignon blanc from Duras)

Preheat your oven to 180C.  Allow the goosefat to melt in a hot pan and brown the chicken quarters on all sides. Do this one by one and season each side of the chicken well.  If you crowd the chicken in the pan, you might as well forget a nice crispy crust.
Transfer each browned chicken quarter to a baking dish. Pour the wine over the chicken and sprinkle with the garlic and the rosemary.
Cook for approximately 45 minutes or until the juices of the chicken run clear.
Serve with potatoes or some crusty bread.  And please, make sure you do not throw away the heavenly pan juices.