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Some foods are just unequivocally sexier than other foods. Oysters, strawberries and champagne, dark chocolate, and chopped liver. You heard me. But to me, nothing is sexier than a whole roasted chicken. There is something about rubbing fat and spices all over a raw bird that gets me hot and bothered. Just me? Hmm.
And what better way to roast a chicken than in my cutest 1950’s inspired Suzy McHomemaker heels and (unpictured) ruffled apron right? Right! I feel so ridiculously domestic.
This chicken is just perfect for Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year- which is coming up this month. It is just like secular New Year’s, but instead of celebrating with a case of Andre and making out with strangers, we celebrate with apples and honey, which symbolize a sweet New Year. A little tamer but just as fun! Whee!
Making your chicken is a breeze. I didn’t make my own stock here, but you could always make your own stock too!
After cleaning my bird, I covered that sucker with oil, salt, pepper and thyme. I kind of just threw stuff together for all the ingredients, but there are actual measurements below.
What’s that you say? You want a gratuitous raw chicken shot? Fiiiine. Just one- because I like you. All seasoned up.
I put the bird in a roasting pan on a rack and surrounded her with chopped onions. Then I combined the Dijon mustard, chicken broth and honey and poured that on top.
While the chicken is roasting, I chopped up some apples into large pieces and combined with some brown sugar for sweetness. After 45 minutes, I basted the chicken and surrounded it with the apples and roasted for until the apples were soft and the chicken cooked to an internal temperature of 165. For me, that was 55 more minutes.
Come to mama!
My pan was filled with leftover tasty juices, and I decided to utilize some of my new culinary school skills to make a sauce. I made a roux with clarified butter and flour, and then added it to the jus to make a gravy of sorts. If you want more details on the sauce, just let me know!
But what is a roasted chicken without a side dish? When the nice folks at RiceSelect™ sent me their Texmati rice to try out, I knew it would make the perfect side! I totally love this rice for a bunch of reasons. You want to hear them? Thought so!
- RiceSelect™ supports sustainable agriculture and is all natural (yay!) and Kosher to boot!
- This Texmati rice is really really delicious- I just made mine with stock instead of water, pepper and thyme and voila! Instant side dish.
- RiceSelect™ Texmati rice is made in Texas- yee haw!
- And most importantly, their label is hot pink! And hot pink is in my top 3 favorite colors (after turquoise and neon yellow).
But seriously, the hot pink is for more than good looks alone. From September to November, the Texmati rice jars will sport pink lids and labels to help support the Susan G. Komen For the Cure foundation. During this time, RiceSelect will donate $50,000 to support the foundation’s work to cure breast cancer. How awesome is that! And on a personal note, my own Bubbe, who you all know and love, survived breast cancer. So this cause is especially important to me! Love you Bubbs!
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Now back to the chicken. With my rice complete, I put everything on a plate and I was ready to celebrate the New Year in style.
- One 3-4 pound chicken
- 1 medium onion
- 1 cup chicken broth (I used low sodium) or make your own
- 2 tablespoons oil (I used olive oil)
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh thyme
- 3 apples (I used Fuji)
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Remove the giblets from the chicken and clean thoroughly with cold water. Dry chicken.
- Rub oil on the chicken and season with salt, pepper and thyme.
- Chop onions into large pieces.
- Put the chicken on a rack (to prevent dryness) in a roasting pan and surround with onions.
- Combine Dijon mustard, honey, and chicken broth and pour over the chicken.
- Roast the chicken for 45 minutes, basting halfway through.
- Chop apples into similar large pieces like the onions. Sprinkle with brown sugar and add to the pan.
- Roast until the apples are soft and the internal temperature is 165 degrees.
- Serve with RiceSelect™ Texmati rice!
Disclaimer: RiceSelect™ gave me the Texmati rice to review, but the opinions are my own.