When you think “Baked Chicken”, do you think dry and overcooked like I do? If you think that way, I guarantee this dish will change your mind. Get ready for an unbelievably moist & delicious meal.
This “recipe” is dedicated to a few friends of mine (ahem, bachelors!) who think they are literally unable to cook.
Whole chickens are substantially cheaper than specific cuts. Yesterday I bought a chicken for about $.75 per pound (only $3.65 for a whole chicken), compared to skinless, boneless chicken breasts that cost about $4.99 per pound. Sure, with a whole chicken you get the bones, fat, and guts, but by using the inedible pieces for chicken stock, you just saved yourself another $5.
Put a chicken in a pot. (Don’t forget to remove the paper bag of guts on the inside)
Massage in your spices.
I used a lot of garlic powder, onion powder, ginger (powder), curry powder, cumin and cayenne pepper (powder).
On top of that I squeezed lemon juice and soy sauce and massaged it all together. I basically just looked in my cabinets and put in what seemed good together. Put your favorite spices if you don’t like mine.
If you’d rather use water, chicken stock, or orange juice in the pot instead of soy sauce and lemon juice, go for it. But I do recommend putting in some kind of liquid.
I find going with a theme is helpful for dishes like this- Chinese, Mexican, general spiciness, lemon & garlic–whatever you want! Use your creativity. Throw in some chopped onions or peppers for all I care.
Put a lid on it (or foil if you don’t have a lid). Stick it in the oven at about 350* for 2-3 hours. Mine cooked for 3. Ya’ know what’s great about cooking stuff for that long? You really don’t have to wonder if it’s done. If it’s been cooking that long, it’s done!
It may not be the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen, but you won’t care once you take a bite.
No matter how lousy of a cook you think you are, this dish is seriously easy, seriously tasty, and seriously cheap. I had it with a black bean/tomato/avocado/pepper salad and it was ridiculous.
- 5-5 1/2 portions
- $.75 per portion