Whole Roast Chicken with Smokey Adobo Broth (serves 4-6)

I LOVE roasted chicken and it’s even better if the pan sauce cooks right at the same time. I made this Friday when I was tired after a long week but still needed to make dinner. This was the kind of meal that cooked itself and I was able to sit down with a glass of wine while the stove did all the work!

Roast Chicken with a kick!

Roast Chicken with a kick!

What makes this dish surprisingly different is the addition of chilpotle (or chipotle) peppers. These peppers have been smoked and I buy them in a can of adobo sauce, (find in the international or ethic aisle of your supermarket). Adobo sauce is a sauce made with a mixture of spices and other ingredients used to preserve the pepper (usually paprika, garlic, oregano and vinegar).

A Wonderful Pantry Item!

A Wonderful Pantry Item!

The reason I added these hot smokey peppers and sauce to my chicken was because I wanted to use up the last of a bunch of cilantro, so I thought about what would work well with this to make a good broth. Why not go the Mexican route!

What's in the can!

What’s in the can!

It was a heart-warming dinner and I served it with rice (which was another super easy alternative to standing over a pot as I used my trusty rice cooker!). Try this yourself if you are a chicken lover like me and also if you want a home cooked meal without actually doing any of the cooking!

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*this is a good Blood Type A Diet recipe if you omit the peppers, tomatoes and black pepper. It will still tastes amazing*

You will need:

1  4 to 5 lb whole chicken

1 tbs olive oil

salt and black pepper for seasoning chicken

2 medium onions – sliced in half and then thinly sliced crossways

2 chilpotle peppers in adobo sauce – chopped (use only one pepper if you want the flavor but with less heat)

1 tbs adobo sauce (from the chilpotle pepper can)

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1 cup cilantro leaves – roughly chopped

1 carrot – julienned (about 1 cup)

6 to 8 unpeeled garlic clove  – separated

1 cup chicken broth

1 cup water (or good quality bouillon cube with 2 cups of water)

Method:

Preheat oven to 450*

1 – Prep all the ingredients (except the chicken, salt and pepper) and scatter in the bottom of a roasting pan or deep saute pan.

Add all the ingredients to your roasting pan

Add all the ingredients to your roasting pan

  2 – Rub chicken with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place chicken on top of veggies. Place in oven and roast for 1 hour 20 minutes.

Place chicken on top of veggies and broth

Place chicken on top of veggies and broth

 3 – Remove from oven and transfer chicken to a board or plate and let it rest for 10 minutes before carving, (you can keep the pan sauce warm by leaving in the warm oven). Check chicken after 1 hour and add more water or broth to the pan if it seems low (up to 3/4 cup).

Serve with whatever you like: pasta, potatoes, greens, bread.....

Serve with whatever you like: pasta, rice, potatoes, greens, bread…..

 Serve with the lovely pan sauce with whatever you desire.

*You can serve the garlic cloves as is but you can also squeeze the cooked garlic out of the skin and mash with a fork. You can then swirl it into your broth*

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