Monday, May 10, 2010

Herb Roast Chicken

Running out of ideas what to cook for dinner? Roast a chicken! That will definitely be a hit with the kids. Kids being kids never seems to get tired of fast food like roast chicken, fried chicken, chicken burgers, chicken fingers, chicken nuggets......... and so on. Homebaked chicken is the best, and I don't think that it is categorized under fast food, do you? I don't, it takes at least a few hours to marinate and an hour in the oven, now that is definitely not fast. Easy but not fast! I did a simple marination of some dried herbs and the result is a delicious, moist roast chicken. Roast some potatoes and microwave some vegetables and we have a complete meal. A glass of red wine for hubby and myself, and the kids, a glass of iced 'Ribena' each. As for dessert, I made "homemade mango ice-cream". Yummy! Here's the recipe :

Herb Roast Chicken
Ingredients :
1 whole chicken, cleaned, remove heads and feet
1 tbsp dried tarragon
1 tbsp dried rosemary (or fresh)
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
generous sprinkle of coarse black pepper
generous sprinkle of garlic salt or table salt
1 lemon
2 tbsp olive oil
3 big bombay onions, quartered

Method :
  1. Clean chicken, pat dry and sprinkle the dried herbs, garlic salt and black pepper all over chicken and cavity. Cover and leave in the refrigerator for about 3 to 4 hours.
  2. Preheat oven at 200C. Arrange quartered bombay onions on baking tray, lined with aluminium foil if necessary (skip this if using a glass baking dish). Sprinkle some garlic salt and pepper.
  3. Take chicken out from refrigerator and squeeze lemon juice all over chicken and cavity. Place the rosemary sprigs in cavity.
  4. Place chicken on onions and drizzle some olive oil all over chicken.
  5. Bake for about 1 hour, drizzle chicken every 20 minutes with drippings collected in the baking tray.
  6. Serve with vegetables of your choice.
Baked Potatoes
Ingredients :
4 large USA potatoes
4 clove garlic (chopped)
2 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves (chopped)
coarse black pepper

Method :
  1. Clean and scrub potatoes well. Do not peel skin. Put potatoes in a small pot and cover with water. Boil for about 10 minutes, only till about half cooked. Drain. Cut into quarters when cool.
  2. Place potatoes in a bowl. Add chopped garlic, chopped rosemary, salt and pepper. Mix till evenly coated. Arrange potatoes in baking tray in a single layer. Drizzle with some melted butter or olive oil and bake at 180C for about 20 minutes or until cooked.

My very own "Homemade Mango Ice-Cream". Yummy! Look out for the recipe in my next post.

Special Dedication:
To all my sisters, my mother-in-law, all mothers and mothers to be, 'HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY'. And to my dear belated mom, thank you for being our mom. Maybe in the future, our roles would be reversed, you being our daughter, one of us will be your mom and we will take care of you just like you took care of us. We all miss you very much. Love from all your daughters.


A lovely flower gift from hubby and the kids.



  1. Mmmm..yum yum. untungnya wy n kev to have you fulltime at home n get to enjoy all the delicious meals n dessert. the mango icecream look so creamy..

  2. Will make a batch for you, J and ABC! You have to come over. By the time I reach your house, it will be "creamy mango"!