Tuesday, November 3, 2015

How to Perfectly Roast Chicken

Do you want to know something funny?  Well I think it's pretty funny at least.  It's that almost every single person I know assumes that since I have a food blog I make all sorts of elaborate recipes every single night of the week for dinner.  HAHA!  Newsflash - I'm only human and rely on chicken, hmmmmm, let me think about it...4 nights of the week.  Minimum.

I could profess my love of chicken for days, seriously.  But for some strange reason, chicken gets a bad reputation in the foodie world.  It's so simple, it's such an inexpensive cut of meat, anybody can make it.  Yeah, I don't really see the problem, do you?  Have these people ever even bit into a perfectly roasted piece of chicken?  I'm not talking boneless skinless chicken breasts that dry up if you leave them in the oven for 3 minutes too long.  I'm talking about bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs that get juicy on the inside and crunchy on the outside.  It's become my new favorite meal when I want to feel warm and cozy on these cold nights, especially paired with roasted potatoes and asparagus!

You know how I know roasted chicken is my new favorite?  Because as I'm writing this post at 9:42 p.m. on a Tuesday night, I'm officially daydreaming (night-dreaming?) of a roasted chicken fourth meal after having a less than stellar, I-just-sprained-my-foot-and-ankle-and-can't-stand-at-my-stove-without-crutches-for-more-than-five-minutes dinner a couple of hours ago.  Oh dear lord can somebody just chain me to a treadmill?  Oh wait...hold that thought for like a month when I can actually run again.

Back to chicken. One of my secret weapons for livening up a standby chicken recipe is using a flavored olive oil.  It's a great way to infuse really strong flavors into the chicken with minimal seasoning effort.  My favorite brand of flavored olive oil?  Prima Oliva, without a doubt! I've had nothing but great experiences with every flavor I've tried.  And let me tell you, I've tried a lot of the flavors because the original Prima Oliva shop started in Hamburg, NY which just so happens to be Howie's hometown!  I'm excited to visit the shop again over Thanksgiving weekend so I can experiment with even more of their unique flavors...which means even more tasty recipes for you guys!

If you don't happen to be Buffalo-bound anytime soon, Prima Oliva has an awesome online shop!  And (hint, hint) I think Christmas is only 52 days away and foodies like me loveeee this kind of stuff!


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