Saturday, March 3, 2012

Masala Roast Chicken

Yum
 I don't usually make a whole roast chicken. I'm the gal that will pick up a rotisserie chicken from the deli before I buy a raw bird to truss and prep for almost 2 hours of baking.  So how did I end up making my own roast chicken?  Remember I have mentioned before I can not pass up a great deal... well these were a steal of a deal (no I did not actually steal them).  I also got greedy and bought 5 of them because my deal seeking is like a sickness and I cannot just have one.  After I got home it dawned on me, what the heck am I going to do with all them! I stuck 4 in the freezer and looked at one to try out my first experiment. I had some buttermilk I wanted to use up so I decided this bird was going to take a very spicy buttermilk bath for 24 hours and then I would just stick in the oven and hope for the best. Well... the best is what I got.  My husband was carving a piece of chicken when he asked where I bought this roast chicken from (How dare he!?!).  I said I made it and I'm glad he wasn't actually eating cause we could have had a choking incident on our hands.  He won't be surprised for long because he doesn't know I have 4 more in the freezer.  Don't be surprised when you see more roast chicken recipes ....

 Ingredients:
1 (5lb) roasting chicken
marinade
2-3 cups of buttermilk
1Tbs  Garam Masala
1Tbs  ground cumin
1Tbs  sweet paprika 
1-2 Tbs seasoning salt
1Tbs minced ginger
1Tbs minced garlic  
Plenty of black pepper
roasting ingredients:
butter as needed
salt and black pepper
 dried parsley (optional)
1 cup of cooking sherry or chicken broth or as needed



Directions:
I put the chicken into a large 1 gallon ziploc bag and added all the marinade ingredients. I placed the ziploc bag in a bowl to avoid dripping accidents in the fridge.  Allow it to marinate 8-24 hours in the fridge. 

You will need some kitchen twine to truss (tie) the two leg closed if you like. I got some free kitchen twine from the butcher at my grocery store.
I did not know what to do with the wings so I used toothpicks to keep them in place. I know that was probably wrong, but it worked. :)


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Pat excess marinade off the chicken, place the chicken breast side up and dab a lot of butter or margarine on the entire bird. Then season with some salt, black pepper and dried parsley flakes. Pour sherry or chicken broth in the baking dish.   Bake for 1 1/2 hours or up to 1 3/4 hours.  I recommend basting it with the melted butter and broth every 30 minutes.  Allow the roasted chicken to rest 20 minutes before carving. If you would like a gravy, separate most of the fat from the pan drippings.  Place it into a pan with some flour to make a roux.  Then add milk salt and pepper and stir well.  Serve with any vegetable or mash potatoes.  Enjoy.


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23 comments:

  1. wow they look delicious..

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  2. I roasted a chicken last week because there was a deal at the store too. I only got one. I would be too overwhelmed with 5 and no where to keep them. This looks delicious. I normally just use lemon or rosemary for my spices.

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  3. LOL, I would have bought 5, too...and giggling at your hubby's comment as well. Your chicken (and veggies) looks fabulous...what a delicious dinner!

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  4. chicken looks wonderful deliciously done

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  5. He won't dare ask you any more questions after looking at this wonderful, delicious and yummy masala chicken. Oh my!!! just blow off my day once I saw what you did with the chicken, heaven and I am floating.

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  6. Awesome work....I once made a totally indiaianised version of whole roast chicken and it came out great!!!

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  7. can i substitute coconut (or some other alternative milk) for the buttermilk? this looks amazing, but i'm dairy-free...

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    1. You can just use olive or canola oil in the marinade if you prefer and avoid the buttermilk. Of course you don't have to use cups of oil... just a little bit to get the spices to help stick to the chicken and allow to marinate.:)

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  8. Beautiful, Ramona - as per usual!

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  9. I love the flavors you've got going on here. I have such a crappy oven, that when ever I roast chicken, it's always a crapshoot what it will turn out like. Yours looks perfect though!

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  10. That looks like a great roast chicken, Ramona! And I love the way you served it so colourfully on a bed of vegetables. Very appetizing.

    P.S. I watched an epsiode of Heston Blumenthal once where he tested marinades, and whether or not they actually penetrated the flesh of the meat to make it more tender. The two marinades that won out in the end above all others were yoghurt and buttermilk!

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  11. This looks fabulous. Thank you for sharing. Am also big cooking channel fan. Am trying to learn the difference in curries and not sure how to start. Suggestions?
    Again thank you.

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    1. Aarthi's Party is a great show about learning to cook curry. It's on the Food Network. On the Cooking Channel there is a show called Spice Goddess that is also good at teaching about cooking curry.

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  12. This looks fabulous. Thank you for sharing. Am also big cooking channel fan. Am trying to learn the difference in curries and not sure how to start. Suggestions?
    Again thank you.

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  13. OOooooh this looks good. I just prepped a chicken last night for roasting, wish I had seen this earlier. Thankfully chicken is always on sale and I can make another one next week. It looks delicious and I love all the veggies around it. Good looking out Ramona!

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  14. Mmmm, I love whole roast chicken with a crispy golden skin :) Looks perfect!

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  15. Love the spicing on this--definitely kicks the usual roast chicken up a notch. Hope you had a good weekend!

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  16. Well this looks like a great first trial! I'd love some of that chicken!!

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  17. Your roast chicken looks delicious! Roasting the whole chicken is a lot more work but totally worth it. Love the marinade.

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  18. Whahaha don't you love it when something you're only taking a shot at turns out to blow you away? Great job on roasting this chicken. No wonder your hubby thought it was store bought. It looks amazing!

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  19. Wow, that is a delicious looking chicken! I wouldn't have thought to put the whole thing in buttermilk, such a great idea!

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