3.28.2008

Potatoes, Chicken & Asparagus

So, my brain doesn't think incredibly well after a long and stressful day at work. More or less, I rarely have time to cook a meal that takes more than an hour. When I get home I hear this:

"I'm so hungry - when are we going to eat? What's for dinner? I want a beer and then I have to study!"

Last night was Heaven:

"I had a late lunch, so I can wait awhile before we eat."

Thank the Lord above! The stars must've been aligned because I REALLY wanted to roast some chicken, potatoes and asparagus.

Roasted Potatoes, Chicken & Asparagus

1 lb chicken - uncooked, thighs, drumsticks, whatever comes in the chicken package
1 onion, roughly chopped in LARGE pieces
4 large Yukon Gold potatoes, chopped into 4 - 6 pieces each
OR
8 small to medium red potatoes, halved
1 lb asparagus, ends trimmed
3-4 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Montreal Steak Seasoning
1 tsp paprika, sweet or smoked, whatever you have on hand. I happen to like the color.
2 tsp Herbes de Provence (I've been into this lately, love the smell of lavender)

So, the cooking times are different, you'll just have to bear with me because I wanted to do this all in one pot and didn't want the asparagus or chicken to be overcooked.

(Ok, so I haven't done dishes in about 3 days...)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Or 400, or 375 depending on how much time you have. Add 10 minutes for each 25 degrees you drop the temperature.

Mix all the herbs & spices together, add a LITTLE salt, lots of pepper.

Toss the potatoes and onions in 1 - 2 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp spice mix. Pour into a large casserole dish and shove into the oven for 25 - 30 minutes.

While those are cooking, toss the chicken in 1 tbsp olive oil and the rest of the spice mix. After the 30 minutes are up - take the casserole out, shove the potatoes around the pan and make a little nest for the chicken in the middle. Put the chicken in the middle and shove the pan back into the oven for about 15 minutes.

(I use the word shove here, because I was in a mood after my DH drank the last cold beer, but that's ok, I was rewarded with my fab cooking skills)

While that's cooking, toss the asparagus with the olive oil, pull the casserole out of the oven after the 15 minutes and just put the asparagus on the top.

After another 10 minutes, everything should be done!

Voila!

1 comment:

Dave and Catherine said...

I am SO all about doing whatever I can to keep everything in one pot... I'm definitely going to have to try this one!