I believe that in every country there is something people traditionally eat for lunch on Sunday. It’s probably because that is the time of the week that the whole family gets the time to gather around the table, share food, their news from the week, gossip, laughter, and sometimes insults (???!!! no, never ever in my family, no…)
Where I come from this traditional Sunday lunch dish is roast chicken with oven potatoes. A simple and cheap dish that can feed 4 people easily. It’s still one of my favourites, because you can not really go wrong with it.
The recipe I will give you today is a very quick one, that gets its extra taste from the spices we are using.
Here’s all you’ll need:
- 1 chicken (the size does not matter in this situation…)
- Potatoes (again, as many as you want, depending on the size of your baking tray. Just make sure that they’re all spread our nice and even, like in the picture below, to avoid any of them being left uncooked). Cut them in whatever form you like, but I usually go for long-ish pieces. The recipe works very well with baby potatoes as well.
- Spices: This is actually what will take the dish to the next level. Exactly because chicken and potatoes have a pretty basic taste, it’s always good to spice things up (pun intended). What we used for this recipe: salt, freshly grounded pepper, smoked pepper (this is a bit more difficult to find, but I would recommend you get some not just for this recipe but pretty much for every meat dish you prepare. We use this one all the time, it’s of course difficult to find it outside Greece, but it’s really the best sh^&t ever, try to find it and make it happen!), oregano, and some sweet paprika. What you can also do to give your chicken this golden colour, is to rub it with some “chicken mix” spices (these are pretty easy to find).
- Olive oil (50ml for a 20x30cm baking tray)
- 250 ml water (again, for a 20x30cm baking tray)
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 tablespoon of mustard
How to cook it:
- Pre-heat your oven at 180℃.
- Sprinkle the chicken mix, the smoked pepper, the salt and the freshly grounded pepper all around the whole chicken and rub it well! (slightly pornographic, I know!)
- Add the tablespoon of mustard inside the chicken.
- Add the garlic clove inside the chicken as well (just put the clove as a whole, no need to smash it beforehand).
- Add oregano, sweet paprika, salt and freshly grounded pepper on the potatoes.
- Sprinkle olive oil all over the chicken and the potatoes.
- Add the water.
- Place the tray in the oven and let it cook for about 30 minutes at 180℃. After 30 minutes, you should take the tray our, turn the chicken on the other side and also turn all the potatoes to make sure that they are not overcooked on one side.
I hope you do try it and let me know how it was!!!
(and yes, in case you were wondering, this the boyfriend cooking, hihihi #solucky)