i love food. ( i am sure you already knew that about me) i love all aspects of food. i love the gathering, prepping, and then enjoying what you made. my hubby and i love cookbooks. i probably love them more for the photos, where hubby loves the science behind them. the mixing of ingredients to create a bit of magic. me, i tend to have the short attention span when it comes to steps in a recipe. too long, i lose interest. so when a recipe comes together that is short and sweet and down right good, i LOVE it! of course then i want to share it with everyone . you have to do that with a good recipe yes? my best girlfriend shared this one with me and now i want to pass it along. a 1 pot meal to boot, bonus! i love anything that you can throw in a pot and simmer into sublime submission. it is true, i have a not so small love affair with our cast iron dutch oven. last fall and winter it saw lots of love, chicken and dumplings, potato chowder, and chili, mmmm yes. comfort in a pot. i like that.
this is a sure to become a staple for my family this fall and winter. relatively inexpensive, simple fresh ingredients, 1 pot, all you need is time....
oh and it's a Jamie Oliver recipe... who doesn't love Jamie?
(i am a sucker for boys with accents... it's ok, my hubby knows.)
(and boys with accents who love to grow food and cook? oh.my. ;) )
Chicken in Milk
1 4lb chicken
1 stick of butter (everything is better with butter)
TBS olive oil
10 cloves of garlic in their skins
handful of fresh sage leaves
zest of 2 lemons
2 cups of whole milk
* 1/2 cinnamon stick (*i would say this is optional... i put it in the first time making this recipe and was put off by the intensity of the cinnamon. this time around i omitted the cinnamon and like it SO much more.)
salt and pepper the skin if you like.
melt stick of butter and TBS olive oil in your pot on the stove top. brown your chicken all over rotating to brown evenly. remove the chicken for a moment to dump off the melted butter, leave the brown bits on the bottom of the pot (adds flavor). return chicken to the pot, pour in all ingredients (milk, lemon zest, garlic cloves in skin, sage leaves) cover and place in your preheated oven. cook for 60 mins covered (basting occasionally) then remove lid and cook an additional 30 mins. remove from oven and rest. the chicken will fall off the bones.
drizzle the tender pieces of meat with some of that lemony broth from the pot. don't forget to scoop out the garlic cloves, they will be soft and perfectly spreadable. just squeeze their skins to reveal the soft garlic.(great eaten alone or spread on a crusty bread.) I served the chicken with some homemade mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach. the meat is just so tender.
super simple, all you have to do is remember to time it.
comfort food. just the kind of thing fall calls for don't you agree?
oh and your home will smell wonderful while this cooks.
what meals do you love to cook when the weather cools off?
now i want an apple pie to wash this down with....