Lazy Sunday and a New Favorite Recipe

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In between procrastinating on house cleaning and sitting down to finish my latest book I am reading, I thought I would post a new recipe that I just love.  The flavors are deep, subtle and mouthwatering.  And the chicken was even better the next day.

This calls for butterflying the chicken.  If you have never done this before, it is  easy.  I used kitchen shears although you can use a knife. Here is a good video on how to do it: www.ehow.com/how_2089420_butterflychicken.html

Now on to the recipe.  This will become a go to recipe. It has for me.

Glazed Butterfly Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons grated onion (use the smallest side on a box grater, or use a rasp)
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated (on a rasp)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (recommended: Frank’s Red Hot sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Allow to rest on the counter for up to 2 hours to come to room temperature.

Heat a large oven-safe pan (such as a cast-iron skillet) over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Right as the oil begins to smoke, add the chicken, skin side down. Press gently while cooking and allow to sear until a peek beneath reveals golden brown skin, about 10 minutes. Using tongs, flip the bird over so that the skin is on top and place the pan in the oven. Be gentle with the tongs, they could rip the skin; try gripping the legs to flip. Place the pan in the oven and roast about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a saucepot on medium heat, add the butter and melt. Add the onions, garlic and allspice, and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and a grind of pepper. Sweat the onions for a few minutes, but do not brown. Add the brown sugar, mustard, hot sauce and vinegar. Cook a bit more to bring the flavors together, and then remove from the heat.

When the chicken is around the 140 degree F mark, about 30 minutes in, remove from the oven and brush on the glaze. Return to the oven and continue to cook until an instant-read thermometer reads 165 degrees F, about 15 minutes more. Let the chicken rest 10 minutes before serving. Cut off the legs, and then slice the breast off and cut into portions.