I got the urge to cook something different one day I had a little extra time to prepare dinner, so I tried to come up with something that everyone in the house would like too. I had chicken thighs thawed and wanted to add a little kick to the regular old chicken. I love potatoes, and the weather had cooled down, so comfort food was a must.
I used the chicken thighs I had and used a recipe I found on Rachel Ray’s website. I didn’t use broccoli, but I did roast potatoes and added corn. Here is the recipe.
- 1 head garlic
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- 2 packages chicken parts (legs, thighs, wings and/or breasts), about 2 pieces per person, bone-in and skin-on
- 4 to 5 tablespoons grill seasoning, divided
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 medium Russet potatoes, cut into small wedges
- 2 heads broccoli, cut into spears
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
Preheat the oven to 425F.
Cut the tip off the head of garlic, exposing the very top of the cloves. Drizzle the top of the garlic head with olive oil, wrap it tightly in tin foil. Place the garlic head in the oven and let it roast for approximately 45 minutes. When the garlic is finished and cool enough to handle, squeeze the cloves out of their skins and into a small bowl. Mash it with a fork.
Arrange the chicken pieces in a roasting pan, drizzle them with olive oil and season them with grill seasoning. Roast the pieces in the oven alongside the garlic, until they reach an internal temperature of 165F, about 35 minutes.
Toss the potatoes and broccoli separately with olive oil and grill seasoning, making sure that they are evenly coated. Transfer the vegetables to separate baking sheets and roast them in the oven, along with the garlic and chicken, until they are tender and crispy, 20-25 minutes.
Once the garlic, chicken, and vegetables are in the oven, melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle the flour into the butter and stir the mixture, allowing the flour to cook slightly, about 1 minute. Whisk in the chicken stock, allowing it to simmer and thicken, about 3-5 minutes. Add the roasted garlic mash to the gravy, stirring to incorporate and season with salt and pepper to taste.
If you’re looking to add a twist to the average baked chicken, this recipe is a start. I put the gravy over everything, it was pretty tasty. It helps that I love garlic! So, its safe to say this meal made both the kids and adults happy!