Jamie Oliver’s Chicken in Milk

Have you ever eaten a whole roast chicken between 2 people?  Well, that almost happened with this recipe.  One of my very best gal pals, Amanda, came to visit a couple of weeks ago.  She brought her sweet little boy who is only 2 months younger than Connor.  We spent three glorious days visiting, playing with our boys and eating good food.  Amanda suggested we make this recipe one night, and boy am I glad she did.  This is the best roast chicken to ever come out of my kitchen.  I can’t wait to make it again.

ready to go in the oven

ready to go in the oven

after 1.5 hours of baking

after 1.5 hours of baking

Oh hey, aren’t these babies cute?  I just had to share a picture…it’s been a while.

Connor & Danny Be sure to check out Amanda’s new blog.  She is a talented writer and just one of the greatest people I know.  She is also my mom role model…I’m not sure what I would do without her on this amazing and tumultuous journey of motherhood.

you will need:
1 – 3 lb. organic chicken
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 stick butter
1 cinnamon stick
1 handful fresh sage
2 lemons, zested
10 garlic cloves, skin left on
1 pint milk

Preheat the oven to 375°F, and find a snug-fitting pot for the chicken (I used my dutch oven). Season it generously all over with salt and pepper, and fry it in the butter, turning the chicken to get an even color all over, until golden. You will likely need to hold the chicken with tongs to get all sides browned. Remove from the heat, put the chicken on a plate, and throw away the butter left in the pot. Jamie says that “this will leave you with tasty sticky goodness at the bottom of the pan, which will give you a lovely caramel flavor later on.”

Put the chicken back in the pot; pour in milk, toss in cinnamon stick and garlic, and top with lemon zest and sage.  Cook, uncovered in the oven for 1½ hours. Baste with the cooking juice if/when you remember. The lemon zest will sort of split the milk, which makes the sauce unique and absolutely yummy.

To serve, pull the meat off the bones and divide it on to your plates. Spoon over plenty of juice and the yummy baked bits in the pot. Or you could just eat it off the serving plate and dunk the meat in a bowl of the sauce…we are such classy ladies.  Serve with some greens and a starch.  We made jewel sweet potatoes with honey butter…so good!

serves: 4
time: 1 hour 40 minutes
from: Jamie Oliver

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One Comment

  1. Posted May 11, 2014 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Your mom role model!? You don’t need one, because you are an incredible mom all on your own!

    Can’t wait to see you again in a few days!

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