Poulet rôti au vin rouge / Roasted red wine chicken

 I am always on the lookout for chicken recipes and saw this one  on Drizzle and Dip‘s blog last week.  This delicious roasted red wine chicken comes from Rachel Khoo’s second cook book – My Little French Kitchen.

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Ingredients

  • 150ml red wine
  • 100g tomato paste
  • 3 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked
  • 3 sprigs of marjoram, leaves picked, or ½ teaspoon dried ( I could not get any marjoram and just left it out)
  • 100ml red wine vinegar
  • 1 whole chicken cut into 8 pieces (approx. 1.5kg)
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • 500g baby potatoes, washed ( I used some sweet potato too)
  • 3 onions, peeled and cut into quarters ( I used whole small onions)
  • 6 carrots, peeled and cut into quarters lengthways

Instructions

  1. Mix together the red wine, tomato paste, herbs and red wine vinegar. Season the chicken pieces with plenty of salt and pepper then place in a bag with the marinade.
  2. Shake the bag to make sure each piece is well coated. Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, place the potatoes in a pan of cold water, put the lid on top and bring up to the boil. (I skipped this step and used the potato and sweet potato raw)
  3. Boil for 1–2 minutes, then drain in a colander. Place the onions, carrots and potatoes in a large baking dish or tray (big enough to fit the chicken and the vegetables) and pour over 125ml of water. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Remove the chicken from the fridge and arrange the pieces, skin side up, in a layer on top of the vegetables in the dish.
  4. Pour the rest of the marinade over the chicken. Cover with a sheet of baking paper or foil and roast in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove the baking paper or foil and baste the chicken with the cooking liquid. Roast, uncovered, for another 15 minutes or until the skin is crisp ( Baked it for about 40 minutes vs 15 minutes, turning the chicken once). Serve immediately.     photo2
  5. Rachel says:Tips: Buying a whole chicken always works out more affordable. If you aren’t up for dissecting it yourself, ask your butcher to cut it into pieces for you. Otherwise if there’s no knife-wielding butcher about you can always cheat and go for chicken thighs. If you’re unsure whether the chicken is cooked through, pierce with a sharp knife and the juices from the chicken should come out clear.
  6. Get ahead: The veg and chicken can be prepared up to a day in advance, then simply pop it all in the baking tray and cook as indicated in the recipe.

Summery Chicken Salad

I made this easy chicken salad which is perfect for  a hot summers night!

Fry Onion, garlic, green peppers and mushrooms in a bit of olive oil and butter.

Add about 500g of chicken pieces  and balsamic vinegar , herbs, salt and pepper to taste. ( Can use Balsamic Crema too)

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Cool the chicken, make a salad of your own choice, adding whatever you have available. I  put some green peas  (frozen), pineapple chunks , carrots and feta in, too.IMG_0949

Serve with honey mustard  salad dressing and fresh bread!

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