This is a perfect dinner-party meal: chicken thighs or legs dusted in flour and roasted with shallots, lemons and garlic in a bath of vermouth and under a shower of herbes de Provence. They go crisp in the heat above the fat, while the shallots and garlic melt into sweetness below. You could serve with rice or a green salad and a lot of baguette to mop up the sauce.
* this recipe is an adaptation of the NYT Roasted Chicken Provençal
Preheat oven to 400. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Put the flour in a shallow pan, and lightly dredge the chicken in it, shaking the pieces to remove excess flour.
Swirl the oil in a large roasting pan, and place the floured chicken in it. Season the chicken with the herbes de Provence. Arrange the lemons, garlic cloves and shallots around the chicken, and then add the vermouth to the pan.
Put the pan in the oven, and roast for 25 to 30 minutes, then baste it with the pan juices. Continue roasting for an additional 25 to 30 minutes, or until the chicken is very crisp and the meat cooked through.
Serve in the pan or on a warmed platter, garnished with the thyme.
The recipe calls for chicken thighs — you can choose bone-in for family and close friends, but perhaps bone-out for larger groups. For those who like a mixture of dark and white meat, you could cook a whole bird broken down into component parts. (If you do, keep an eye on the breasts, which are prone to overcooking.)
About halfway through the cooking, ladle some of the roasting juices over the top of the chicken, which helps keep it moist and, thanks to the chicken fat, also crisps it. When the skin has gone tight and golden and the chicken has cooked entirely through, you’re done.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (32g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 24 (83%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 2.6g||4 %|
|Saturated Fat 0.4g||2 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 1.9g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.3g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 605.7mg||21 %|
|Potassium 45.9mg||1 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 3.2g||1 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1.4g||6 %|
|Sugars, other 1.8g|
|Protein 0.4g||1 %|
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Calories per serving: 29
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