Monday, February 21, 2011

2-21-2011 Easy Dinner

After suffering with heartburn today, I needed a bland dinner, with very little prep work.

I made duck chicken, roasted asparagus, and roasted potatoes, as easy as it gets. Duck chicken is chicken on the bone cooked in duck sauce, and it's effortlessly top notch. The skin is deliciously carmelized and the meat is succulent.
Here is the recipe:
Duck Chicken
1 cut up chicken, 8 piece fryer
1 1/4 c. Cantonese duck sauce, I recommend Gold's found in the kosher section at Tom Thumb or Walmart, can use spicy or garlic variety

Put chicken in a  9X13 baking pan greased by spraying with Pam. Pour duck sauce over chicken.   
Bake at 375 degrees uncovered for 1 hour 15 minutes until skin is crispy and brown. Halfway through cooking, spoon liquid in the bottom of the pan back over chicken. Chicken should look carmelized when finished, if not you can turn broiler on and broil it for a few minutes.
To make roasted asparagus, trim off the tough ends, toss with olive oil, and kosher salt and pepper. Place in oven preheated to 400 degrees on a baking sheet for 7-10 minutes depending on the size of the stalks.
To make roasted potatoes, cut the potatoes into pieces, toss with olive oil, and Lawry's salt. Place on a greased baking sheet, and roast in a 400 degree preheated oven for 30-45 minutes until slightly browned, see picture below.
Hubby loved the whole meal, and especially enjoyed the chicken. The secret behind the chicken was a few things. Make sure to use very fresh chicken (sometimes a task when dealing with kosher), and definitely do not use defrosted chicken. The chicken I used tonight, I bought today and it had an expiration date of 3-6, it was very fresh. Also, if you do not keep kosher, you should consider buying kosher chicken. Reason being is kosher chicken has been brined (soaked in salted water) which will help prevent it from drying out while cooking, and makes it extra tasty. The asparagus I made tonight were extra fat, I recommend these with the thick stalks because it is harder to overcook them. We love roasted potatoes in this house, you will probably get tired of seeing me make them.
Stay posted for my dinner tomorrow.
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