Sunday, April 1, 2012

Oven Roasted Chicken: My Version

I am sure there are many..many recipes for over roasted chicken, as many as there are people in this planet. Because it just might be the easiest dish you can make. You put your chicken in the pan along with some spices and/or vegetables , an hour later..voilà have dinner, and only one dish to clean.

This is just one that my mom makes all the time. It has very few ingredients , but a very strong delicious taste. It has saffron and turmeric which give that authentic persian/middle eastern cuisine flavor.

I make this whenever I am in hurry and I need to get lots of things done. Because, as I said earlier, you can just pop it in the oven and forget about it.

Next time you plan dinner, plan for making this and you won't be disappointed. And don't be turned down by the not so attractive picture. We were reading to have dinner, and my camera's battery were dying so I had to make it quick.

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1 whole chicken (2 lb.) with skin , cut into large pieces
1 cup carrots , cut into large cubes
1 cup potatoes, cut into large cubes
salt and pepper
1/4 tsp saffron dissolved into 1/4 cup hot water
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp turmeric
1 Tbs olive oil

* Preheat oven to 420 F
* Lay carrots and potatoes into the bottom of an oven pan. Season with salt and pepper.
* Wash and pat dry chicken pieces. Season with salt and pepper and place over the vegetables.
* Combine saffron water , lemon, turmeric and olive oil. Mix well.
* Pour over chicken and vegetables. With your hands, make sure the mixture reaches all the parts of the                   chicken.
* Cover pan with foil and place in the oven for 45 minutes.
* Remove foil and let the chicken roast for another 10 minutes for browning.
* If more browning is desired , turn on broiler for 3-5 minutes, or until desired browning is reached.

how i like it:  I have found that making roasted chicken or any kind of casserole in ceramic or stoneware dishes taste much better than when making it in the usual glass (pyrex) bakeware. This dish, having iranian / Persian flavor,  will go really good with basmati rice, Mast-oKhiar and Salad Shirazi. Enjoy!


  1. I love roasted chicken with some comforting potatoes:) This is making me hungry!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, and please do make it, believe me it tastes much better than it looks :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Jay...I hope you try it..or have tried it :)