Friday, December 3, 2010

Spatchcocked Orange Chicken

Somehow, this is my 900th post. Astonishing. I've never had that much to say in my life. And so I thank you all for visitng me!

December has me, as usual, a few degrees off plumb. So, while this chicken was really good, the same dummy who exploded an apple pie plate last week also forgot to take a picture; sorry! I'll fill in with random pictures that I know you'll like, like this one of Thor enjoying a lamb bone last Easter.

SPATCHCOCKED ORANGE CHICKEN

1 Oven stuffer roaster
Peel from one orange (enjoy the orange before you cook)
1 onion, quartered
salt
1/4 cup cold water whisked with 2 tbsp cornstarch

Cut the chicken along the backbone, and open it up.
Salt the inside of the chicken. Cut the orange peel into slices, and arrange half in the bottom of your roasting pan. Lay the chicken on top of the orange peel, tuck the onion quarters under the skin between the body of the chicken and the legs and wings. Slide the remainder of the orange peel, orange side down, between the skin and the body of the chicken. Roast at 350F for about 2 to 2-1/2 hours, until the meat thermometer registers 165F when inserted in the thigh. Pour the pan drippings into a sauce pan, and heat to a simmer. Whisk together the cold water and cornstarch, and whisk into the pan drippings; cook until thickened. Serve with rice or potatoes. The chicken and gravy have a slightly orange flavor, and are really good!

Final random picture: this clock is in my breakfast room. It was a gift to my dearly beloved's grandparents for their 50th anniversary, way back when. When his father died, his mother gave it to me. Evidently, I'm the only person nutty enough to like it. But, hey, I'm girly; I like gold and curlicues, and I love clocks, too!

19 comments:

Mango said...

Happy 900th post! That sure is a lot of cooking.

SLobbers,
Mango

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Congratulations on your 900th post, it is quite amazing how they mount up!! Thor looks like he is really enjoying that lamb bone. Diane

Channon said...

MJ didn't see the clock, but I bet she'd like it...

Congrats on the blogging milestone. I'm glad you have that much - and more to come - to say!

Sue said...

900 posts. Wow!!!

I like that clock, it's so unique. When I was younger I wouldn't have liked it, but I've developed an appreciation for items with a story behind them.
Sue

Linda said...

Congrats on 900 posts. I'd have hung the old clock up too if it was given to me....WE have taste;)))))

altadenahiker said...

Congratulations. (And Thor was there to lend a paw.)

mermayd said...

happy holidays! i just love your blog!

Pam said...

Happy 900th! The chicken sounds wonderful - I still need to try a spatchocked chicken.

Love the clock - it's so unique.

Anette said...

You are a very trustworthy blogger, you never take a long brake, there is always something interesting and tempting to find! 900, that is impressive! Congratulations!

Mickle in NZ said...

Super well done on the 900th post!

The clock is just perfect for how your home is furnished and decorated, especially in your pretty breakfast room. You've reminded me of Dad's parents' 50th celebrations in January 1979; dear Grandma had her hair permed for the first time ever in her life, and not one of her 7 granddaughters - all of us teenagers - noticed it (neither did her 3 sons or 3 daughters-in-law)!

Sending happy huggles to you and Thor (Zebby likes lamb too), Michelle xxx

El'bow and Hauwii said...

OMG 900th!!!

wooow :D
but we still love you blog ^^
and thor

Kissslobbers
El'bow & Hauwii

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

900 posts! Wow! I love making spatchcocked chicken. And the clock, well, I would probably take it, too.

lostpastremembered said...

Is that possible to do 900... goodness I was shocked to do 75!!! Thor is better than any old chicken and I love seeing him enjoying himself with a bone. Petunia just demolished one today... amazing what St Bernard jaws can do!!

gemma said...

Loved the clock and Thor eating the lamb. I'm sure the chicken pictures would have been super but to be honest, I loved the stand-ins.

grace said...

this'd be so tasty! plus, as a bonus, you get to say 'spatchcocked' over and over. :)

Cheryl said...

That sure sounds good, I have never made a spatchcocked chicken, LOL. p.s. I love the clock!

The Blonde Duck said...

Happy 900th post!

Pam said...

Happy 900th!! I've seen plenty of spatcocked chickens, but I can never get enough of Thor!

monica said...

900 down, another - at least - 900 to come! I so much enjoy following your blog from a far distance :o)