This is something that a mom would make, except that mine never did. Not that my mom had anything against a dish like this because she did make a very similar pot roast recipe involving beef. But this dish has chicken which is way better in my opinion.
This meal will make your place smell fan-freakin’-tastic. One magical sniff is all that it will take to make this the very best thing to have happened to you over the course of a very rainy and dreary Labour Day Monday. And a plateful is so good that it will almost cure your hangover. Almost.
I didn’t really measure anything for this meal and I think you can go carefree with the amounts and still come up with something awesome. Despite not having any liquid in this recipe, when I opened the pot, there was a delicious gravy. It’s all part of the magic I guess and it made me very, very happy. So happy that I didn’t bother to take a photo. And it was too dark anyway with it being September and rainy and all, so instead you get a weird speedy drawing of colourful blobs to represent this deliciousness.
how to make a really awesome chicken dinner for a rainy day.
Preheat oven to 400F. Cut up a few potatoes into quarters or eighths and put them into a large oven ready lidded casserole dish (I use my thrifted old Le Cruset dish because I’m lucky like that). Cut half a large onion into quarters. Chop 2 carrots into 1-2 inch bits. Throw into pot. Add in 2 handfuls of sungold tomatoes too. Sprinkle with kosher salt, hammer it with freshly ground pepper and rosemary. Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil over top, 4 if you’re feeling fancy free. Toss everything.
Take 4 bone-in chicken thighs and remove skin. season with salt, pepper and rosemary. In a heavy skillet, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil add brown chicken thighs on both sides. When they have a nice colour, place them on top of the vegetables along with the pan juices, put on the lid and put the whole shebang into the oven. Bake for about 45 minutes to an hour. Halfway through cooking time, stir things around a bit so all the vegetables cook evenly, but keep the chicken on top. Remove lid and cook for another 15 minutes.