Heart warming Sunday Chicken for Jo

19 Jul

Sounds very simple, but if you think about it, it is usually the simplest things that you remember. There are many things about this recipe that reminds me of my friend Jo, which has a very special place in my heart. Garlic, a very strong, overpowering ingredient, but you can add it to anything and it will turn a so-so dish into a winner! Chicken, an underestimated main ingredient, might sound boring, but it is always a success, giving  you strength and rejuvenates you when you have flu and warms a cold, tired and weak  body. Potatoes, a true and rich indulgence, fluffy, creating instant happiness for anyone!!

Jo is exactly like all these ingredients. Like Garlic, she is full of surprises – strong, but also sweet and can lift anyone up and you know she is always there to make things better. Like chicken, she has enough love and care to spread between all her friends and family and you know she is always there to come to the rescue if anything goes wrong or puts you in a swizzle.

Like potatoes – she is comforting, always there to give a hug when needed and envelops you in a cloud of calming conversations. I miss her dearly this beautiful friend of mine. This is also her dish today as she loves the “one pot wonders”. I know she totally adores a lovely and hearty casserole! However, a few months back she got sick after eating chicken. I wonder if this had anything to do with her now expecting a little bambino? ;-p All the more why I know she will love this recipe as she is in the mood to eat and enjoy lovely, fresh, old fashioned hearty food. Especially since it is winter in South Africa at the moment.

She is one of my friends that loves delicious food, and believe me, she can prepare it, but she would rather sit around a table and chat with her friends while there is something cooking in the oven that will look after itself, but be an absolutely winner when finished! I really wish I could sit down at a beautifully decorated table, with a lot of candles, beautiful food and lovely conversation with my dear friend. This will have to wait until December, when I assure you we will be doing this exact thing, but by this time, she might be able to balance her teacup on her beautiful belly! So Jo, this one is for you 🙂

1 whole chicken

1 tablespoon of butter, softened

1 lemon, cut in half

3 whole Garlic bulbs

Olive oil

5 red rooster potatoes, cut in quarters

1 twig of rosemary

Black pepper


handful of mushrooms

2 courgettes, roughly chopped

1 aubergine, roughly chopped and salted

2 onions roughly chopped

1 teaspoon of chopped garlic

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

1 teaspoon of sugar

Garlic drizzle sauce

1/2 glass of dry white wine

2 tablespoons of butter

cooked garlic cloves

juice of one lemon

Preheat your oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Rub your chicken with the butter, almost like massaging ;-p Season with salt and pepper. Season the inside of the chicken with salt and pepper. Now place the two halves of the lemon inside the chicken.

Cook the chicken for 30 minutes. While the chicken is cooking in the oven, boil your potatoes in salted water for 8 minutes. While this is boiling, drizzle a frying pan with oil and add the garlic. Gently start frying your onion. Now add your courgettes and fry for about 8 minutes. Add your aubergine. Fry for another 8 minutes. Add your tinned tomatoes. Flavour with salt and pepper and mix in your sugar. After your chicken has cooked for 30 minutes, remove from the oven and arrange your potatoes and mushrooms around the chicken.

Place your garlic in between the potatoes and mushrooms. Drizzle olive oil over each whole clove, generously. While the chicken cooks, it will make extra juices, along with the olive oil, so use this and mix through the potatoes so they are coated in these juices. scatter the leaves from the rosemary twig around the potatoes. This sounds like a lot of garlic, but remember, when garlic cooks in its skin, it becomes sweet 🙂 Now, return the tray to the oven and cook for another 40 minutes or until the juices run clear.

Take the cooked garlic and place in a small pan with the butter,lemon juice and white wine. press down with a wooden spoon onto the garlic to allow all the juices to flow out. Now sieve it through onto the chicken and potatoes etc. Enjoy with your ratatouille with this lovely chicken, and if you want to, feel free to enjoy with some rice or cous cous!  🙂


2 Responses to “Heart warming Sunday Chicken for Jo”

  1. Wayne Davidson July 20, 2011 at 6:44 am #



  2. kat July 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    Oh my gosh!! Can I just say that your chicken looks sooo yummy! I’ve always wanted to roast a chicken and I love that your recipe is easy to follow! I’ve also fallen in love with all your other recipes! And don’t even get me started on your pics! Sooo beautiful! Thanks for sharing! I’m new to blogging and love that there is a foodie community! If you have time, please check out my blog: http://shecooksandheeats.wordpress.com/. And of course! Any advice would be great 🙂


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