Kitchen Exploits | Family Favourites #1 - Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Welcome to the first installment of Family Favourites on Kitchen Exploits!

This week's featured blogger, Pam, is a mother of 3 lovely children. Pam is one of those gifted people who owns an innate ability to create beautiful spaces around her. From the food she makes, to how she dresses her home, I was drawn to the many pretty things she created by viewing her photographs on Instagram.

Let us welcome Pam as she shares a hearty chicken dish - Zesty Honey Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes - or as she aptly calls it: Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

:: I don't know about you but there is something very comforting about a roast chicken. 

It's easy to put together and there are plenty of variations that you can play with. Each in its own delicious way. The best part is, all you have to do is marinate it, pop it into the oven and wait an hour. Voila! Can't be any tougher.

This recipe was inspired by one of my favourite cook books, La Tartine Gourmande. If you haven't seen it on the shelves, you really need to go out there and have a browse. There are amazing food photographs in there. It is a treasure trove of recipes in there, mostly gluten free. I've experimented with a few and every one of them turned out beautifully.

We normally serve this during one of our weeknight dinners, because everything can be prepped before hand, making it really easy for me to prep something else whilst this is in the oven. (I normally marinate it in the afternoon) My kids love pairing this with pasta salad, but if you can also eat it with a garden salad. My girlfriend pairs this with chicken rice! It's really up to you to decide on your sides. =)

Anyway, back to this roast chicken. I love how the thyme adds another dimension to the gravy. It's woody and brings a soft aroma to the chicken. Cherry tomatoes bring the zest to the dish and I like that it's sweeter than the normal hydro-phonics tomatoes (which are rather tasteless to me). You can also add grated ginger to the chicken if you like it a little spicy.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
(Zesty Honey Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes)
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons of honey (more if you like it sweeter)
10-15 sprigs of thyme, or oregano
5 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup of olive oil
Sea salt and pepper
1 chicken, chopped into 10 parts (ask the butcher to do it for you! much much easier!)
A handful of cherry tomatoes (you have the option to halve it)
1/4 cup of cold water

  1. In a bowl, combine the lemon juice,  honey, thyme , garlic and oil. Season with sea salt and pepper and mix until it is smooth. 
  2. Arrange the chicken parts in a roasting dish and coat it with the marinate. I like to leave it for a couple of hours or if you are in a rush, one hour will suffice. Refrigerate it.
  3. Preheat the oven to 190C. Add the tomatoes and the 1/4 cup of water to the chicken, and then place the tray in the oven for 50 minutes or until brown.

Mommy's note:
It's our usual weeknight's dinner so if you want to make the steps easier. Just marinate the chicken the night prior and pop it into the oven when you get home. 

Don't throw the leftover chicken carcass or sauce! It can be used as a salad dressing for the next day! ::


Unknown said...

it looks SO YUMMEH!!! i need to bookmark these for my own cooking experiments when my place is ready!

haifang said...

I am so going to try this recipe out ! thanks for sharing !

Susan said...

Oooo looks yummlicious and has potential to be a family favorite even with my hubby who is a picky eater.

June said...

Wow, it looks so good! We're definitely trying this out too! Thks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Honey, Lemon and Thyme sounds delish! Hope to try this soon!

::little projects in style:: said...

hmmmm looks amazing!!! :) pam really makes everything look (and taste) amazing!!

Kat said...

Yummy! And for a newbie like me, it looks so simple and undaunting to make! Thanks so much for sharing. Will definitely try this out.

Kat said...

Sorry, it's me again. When you say the "butcher" can cut the whole chicken into smaller pieces, it is at the supermarket or wet market. Thanks in advance...

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

Missus Tay:
I'm sure you are going to have lotsa fun experimenting in your own kitchen!

Yay, that's great! Your food photos look gorgeous too :)

It does look really yummy! Do let us know if you do try it!

Yay, have fun cooking and eating!

Yes, a lovely combination!

little projects in style:
You're one of the lucky ones who has tried her cooking! :)

You can definitely get the butcher at the wet market to do it. Some supermarkets do it too. I know they do at Cold Storage and NTUC Finest. Have fun cooking! :)

May said...

Tried this recipe yesterday and it was yummy and easy to do. Thanks for sharing :)

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Ananda said...

What a delicious chicken recipe this looks. Thanks for the inspiration!