Sunday, November 7, 2010

FFwD: Roast Chicken for Les Paresseux

Can you guess what les paresseux means? It's absolutely fitting for this week's French Fridays with Dorie post. Considering that today is Sunday, after all.

Je suis paresseux, bien sur!


Today we took a gorgeous drive up into the hills, capturing some of the last fall color for 2010, and getting a healthy little inoculate dose of winter 2011.

I left a chicken defrosting on the counter while we were out. The entire time I was mentally chiding the kitties to stay away from the bird. I suppose I could have pulled the nice little hen out too the freezer yesterday, but I was too lazy. Upon arriving back home, I ran out to the garden to grab some rosemary, oregano, and thyme. I could have done that ahead of time, but I was too lazy.

I also could have peeled the red and blue potatoes, but again, laziness prevailed. I figured that since the recipe directly tranlates into roaxt chicken for lazy people, I had Dorie's blessing the whole way.

Having made fresh loaves of bread yesterday, I was able to follow Dorie's suggestion of placing a thick slice of bread underneath the hen as it roasts.

Oh. Holy. Heck.

I actually lied to Mr. Boom and Chirp-chirp. I told them the crusty greasy bread that resulted, thickly spread with the chicken liver and some of the roasted garlic, was only so-so.

Try this technique.
Then lie like me.

As we came 'round this last corner before pulling over to sit and stare at the falling snow, a bit of a poem by Emily Dickenson popped into my head. "Because I could not stop for death, He kindly stopped for me."

Except instead of death, it's winter. And instead of him stopping by, it was us checking in. So really, it didn't apply at all. Except there it was in my head. And I just thought I'd share.

But not my chicken toast. No way I'm sharing that. Ever!


  1. I can't wait to make this one! beautiful

  2. Thanks, Spike! Your blog is so cute, and your potatoes look so yummy. I'm drooling at 8:30 in the morning!

  3. That looks delicious. How big is your dutch oven? It looks like a chicken fits perfectly in there. (I'm hoping to get one for Christmas, and Santa needs details about what size I want. :D )

  4. Katrina~
    It's a six quart pot, and this was the first time I used it. I put something similar on my Christmas wish-list, but then we saw it at Costco. My husband made me buy it, then made me use it for this challenge. Now my daughter insists that she should get an early Christmas present as well!
    The price was ten dollars less in the store, but here's the link for it online:

  5. I loved the whimsical nature of this post. Especially the Dickenson part and of course the chicken part and the bread part. Guess I just loved the whole thing!

  6. Great post! I'm on the hunt for a dutch oven, too.

  7. We fought over the bread, in a lazy manner!

  8. Oh aint that bread so delicious !!
    We loved it too!!

  9. The color on the chicken is lovely. I am not sure how you kept the kitty away!

    Winter is on it's way, isn't it :-(

  10. Beautiful photos! It sounds like it was the perfect meal after taking such a nice drive.

  11. Hey Kat! Thanks for the tip about the dutch oven. I might just get myself the Costco one. For some reason I have my heart set on Le Creuset, but if I buy the Costco one, I'll still be able to afford things to put IN the pot. ;) (And Santa can focus on those lift tickets for the ski season!)