Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Rosemary & Fig Chicken

Is there one food that shows up on your dinner menu more than anything else?

I'd have to say that chicken is the hands-down winner at our house. 

If I wasn't concerned about packing on the pounds, 
I'd serve pasta every other night.

If I wasn't worried about my cholesterol,
steak would make more than just a "rare" appearance.

If Junior Goo Shoes wasn't so picky,
I'd dish up some fish at least twice a week.

And...if I wasn't such a lazy cook,
I'd be cooking up a lot of exotic meals.

But, that's not my reality.

Rosemary & Fig Chicken: Lots of flavor in this super-easy recipe! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Chicken is often my go-to protein.
Even though I have dozens of chicken recipes
I'm always on the look-out for new ways to prepare it.
Lately, my Facebook wall is loaded with those super-quick "how-to-cook" videos,
and the other day, a recipe for Rosemary & Fig Chicken from Jewlishious  
practically jumped out and grabbed me.
Just when I was in a quandary about what to make for dinner,
I heard figs and rosemary calling my name.

Rosemary & Fig Chicken: Lots of flavor in this super-easy recipe! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I grabbed my jacket, and dashed out the door to round up the ingredients 
(don't you hate it when you forget the car keys, run back to get them; get in the car, 
only to discover that you've forgotten your phone, too? 
Happens to me more often than I'd like to admit).

Rosemary & Fig Chicken: Lots of flavor in this super-easy recipe! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

As luck would have it, my supermarket was out of fresh rosemary,
so I used dried, and the little bit of fresh I had left in the fridge.  
The fig jam I used was Bon Maman's Fig Preserves (affil. link).

The recipe calls for all legs, but Mr. Goo Shoes isn't a leg man,
so I got some breasts thighs, too (ahem).
(that is the extent of my attempt at adult humor, heh-heh).  

Put everything in a bowl, roll up your sleeves
and use your hands to get that chicken nice and coated.
You can watch the video here -- it's all of 36 seconds.
  In order for the flavors to absorb, the coated chicken 
needs at least 2 hours in the fridge before cooking,
but the longer the better. 
Although this recipe is simple, it does need some advance planning.

It's very important to bake the chicken on a rack,
so the jam mixture gets all crispy and sticky, and finger-lickin' good.

Rosemary & Fig Chicken: Lots of flavor in this super-easy recipe! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

And good it was
It got three thumbs-up from my family
and that's not easy to come by. 

Rosemary & Fig Chicken: Lots of flavor in this super-easy recipe! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Rosemary & Fig Chicken 
(Recipe from Jewlishious)

8 chicken legs (I used legs and thighs)
3 rosemary sprigs, needles separated
1 cup fig jam
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper

Method:
Combine rosemary, jam, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper in large bowl.
Add chicken and toss to coat chicken pieces.

Refrigerate 2-6 hours (the longer, the better).
Preheat oven to 400°.
Place chicken on oven rack over baking tray lined with foil or parchment paper.
Roast 30-45 minutes, until chicken is golden brown. 

Rosemary & Fig Chicken: Lots of flavor in this super-easy recipe! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Rosemary and Fig Chicken is everything I like in a recipe:

Easy.
Fast. 
Five ingredients (not counting S&P).
Delicious. 

It will be making a regular appearance at our dinner table.

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OTHER STUFF:
I've been semi-off the blogging grid lately, as the big fundraiser I've been planning is this Sunday!  In addition to a case of the pre-gala jitters, I've been swamped with last-minute details, and have barely had time to reheat this leftover chicken for dinner, let alone respond to all of your comments on my last few posts.  Once again, I find myself asking for your forgiveness :(  
After Sunday, things should be a little more calm, and hopefully, I'll be back to a more regular schedule. Thanks for understanding!

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