Friday, May 7, 2010

Roast Chicken in Milk

I'm drawn to new recipes for roasting chickens like a moth to a flame. When I saw the wild acclamation for Jamie Oliver's recipe for Roast Chicken in Milk on this post I knew I had to try it for myself. What an unusual set of ingredients - milk, lemon, sage, cinnamon!

n.o.e.'s notes:

- I used my shallow 3 quart cast iron Dutch oven for this recipe.

- The recipe is not difficult but it does require browning the chicken in butter and olive oil before adding the other ingredients and roasting in the oven.

- Any time that I can use large quantities of sage from the garden, I'm automatically predisposed to liking the recipe.

the verdict:

This chicken was incredibly moist and filled with flavor from the lemon, garlic, and sage. The cinnamon was not noticeable, but played a nice supporting role. Rather than truly being roasted I'd say the chicken was almost braised in the milk. We enjoyed every last morsel. Was it our favorite way to cook a whole chicken? Truthfully, I prefer the simple, nearly perfect roast chicken from Thomas Keller (which I posted here), although the two recipes are quite different in taste and method, and there's certainly room for both on my dinner table!


Kayte said...

I have to try this one...I have done various things braised in milk and loved every single one of does something to the meat, not sure what, but it is absolutely wonderful. I will try this one really excited about the combination of flavors.

Audrey said...

I wonder if this is like the pork roasts cooked in milk that you see in Italian cookbooks? Anyway, you're so adventurous! I'm always impressed with that!

Unknown said...

I love that top photo Nancy! I've seen a lot of positive reviews of this chicken too but still haven't made it because I stink at carving whole chickens. If I could just learn how to more successfully carve a chicken, I'd be making it all the time!

Flourchild said...

Yum does this look good! We always joke around in our home about how many ways you can bake is a new one!

Marthe said...

This looks gorgeous, I'm tempted to try it even if I don't eat 'whole chicken': I don't like bones.... Love Jamie Oliver!

lola said...

It looks delicious, yet another way to cook chicken. I will try this recipe during the week. I have a lot of sage in my terrace garden. Thanks for posting it.