Sometimes you just don't feel like slaving in the kitchen for some good food. Perhaps you're tired from a long day. Maybe the stress of everyday life has you feeling an energy ebb. Like many people, the grey and coldness of winter might have you feeling blah. True you can hop into your car and head to a so-called fast-food place but what does that accomplish other than wasting money to give yourself ill health. There is nothing wrong with slapping something in the oven and simply letting the heat do all the work!
There is nothing more simple than roasting chicken. Whether it be a whole chicken or your favorites parts, it is simple and pretty much fool-proof. This dish take simplicity to a new level and you get the pleasure of a great meal with a lot of flavor. No fancy ingredients here. No need to look up a bunch of culinary buzzwords in a dictionary. Simply buy some chicken, season it and put it in the oven.
At Casa de Cuisine we like to use a chipotle chile powder on this dish. It gives it that slight chipotle smokiness but you can actually use any type of chile powder you prefer and have around the house. Simply serve this with some mashed potatoes or just with some freshly baked cornbread and you'll have quite a memorable dinner with almost no fuss!
Ingredients needed to make Chipotle Roasted Chicken (serves 2):
- 2 chicken quarters (leg and thigh combination)
- 1 Tbs. olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 Tbs. chipotle chile powder
- 1 Tbs. butter, melted
- Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Remove any excess fat from the chicken (remember, there is a difference between fat and skin).
- Place the chicken quarters into a roasting pan, skin-side up, and rub with olive oil.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
- Sprinkle the chicken with the chipotle chile powder.
- Place into the oven and roast 40 minutes.
- Pre-heat your broiler.
- Remove the chicken from the oven and spoon the butter over the top of the chicken.
- Place the chicken under the broiler until the skin crisps up.
- Remove from the broiler and serve.
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