Tuesday, 1 January 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH BUTTERMILK ROAST CHICKEN



Ready or not, 2013 is upon us so keep your chin up and look forward.  May it be an amazing year for you.

The Christmas break has been good to me.   I baked.  I indulged in some really good food.  I hung out with great friends.  I read.  I spent time with my parents.  I cleaned out my wardrobe and shoe cabinet and gave away two bags full of unwanted stuff to Lori, the nice Filipino helper who comes in to the cleaning every alternate Monday.  She was happy to accept them and I'm very grateful to her for taking them off my hands!

If you ask me what my New Year's resolution is, I think it would have to be to try and minimize wastage! I was reorganising my pantry yesterday and threw out several ingredients that have past their expiry dates.  There was excess buttermilk in the fridge from the Christmas baking, and I was dying to do something savory with it.  After reading other food blogs for inspiration, I decided on roast chicken.

You can use any chicken parts you like.  I used deboned chicken thighs.  Whole chicken legs would take longer to cook.

Buttermilk Roast Chicken
Inspired by this recipe on Smitten Kitchen

1 cup buttermilk
2 - 3 garlic cloves, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon sugar
Freshly ground black pepper
700 grams chicken parts
Drizzle of olive oil
Coarse sea salt and dried oregano to finish

Whisk buttermilk with garlic, salt, sugar and freshly ground pepper in a medium mixing bowl. (I omitted the black pepper only because my dad isn't hot about it.)  Submerge the chicken parts into the buttermilk marinate, then stir it around so that all the parts are covered.  Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight, or up to 48 hours.

When ready to roast, preheat your oven at 220 degrees C. Line a baking dish with foil.  Remove chicken parts from marinate and arrange in the baking dish. Drizzle lightly with olive oil, then finish with a sprinkle of sea salt and dried oregano. Roast for 25 minutes.  Whole chicken legs or breasts would take longer.

Enjoy!

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