I made a delicious dinner by accident!
So as I mentioned in a previous post, I am a HUGE Meal Planning Fan! So on tonight’s menu I was supposed to make, “Easy Chicken Bake” from my Pinterest Board. However, upon further review of the ingredients I realized that my husband and I dislike artichoke hearts and I forgot to buy plum tomatoes and mozzarella. So plan B…back to Pinterest! After a few minutes of keyword entering and browsing through some pins I settled on “Roast Chicken With Caramelized Shallots”. Fantastic! Dinner was settled and I was back to pinning cute activities to do with my kids and some cute outfits for the spring.
The time came for me to start prepping dinner before my kids woke up from their naps. I got my chicken out, opened up my recipe and was ready to begin when I realized I didn’t have 8 pieces of chicken, nor did I have shallots or soy sauce! Crap!! Now what…kids sleeping, an hour till hubby comes home and I got nothing (with no option to run to the store since the kids were sleeping)! My husband skipped lunch today, came home famished, and kept poking his nose in the kitchen to see when dinner would be ready…Great! No extra pressure there! So I did what any other sensible wife/mother would do…I improvised! No measurements and ingredients I had on hand. Soy sauce was substituted with teriyaki sauce (its Asian enough) and medium size sweet yellow onions replaced shallots; I also changed the cook time and prep instructions. And guess what? IT WAS FABULOUS! And I am not talking about “put a smile on your face” fabulous, I am talking about “finger licking good” and two thumbs way up from the hubby & the kids! If you don’t believe me, just ask my 3 year old (the toughest food critic in these here parts) she not only finished her plate of chicken but also asked for more…TWICE! (The same child we have to nag all dinner long to stop talking…stop singing…stop playing and just eat!)
So here is the new improvised recipe I created:
- 4-5 medium size sweet yellow onions (I originally only used 2 but with the caramelizing of the onions they seem to disappear and they are oh so good so trust me you will want the extras!!)
- 1 whole chicken cut up into 4 pieces (as opposed to 8 pieces, the smaller pieces don’t dry out this way)
- 6 Tbsp. of Olive Oil
- 6 Tbsp. of Teriyaki Sauce
- 3 Tbsp. of Red Wine Vinegar
- Sea salt & black pepper to taste
- 1 Generous handful of chopped, FRESH (it makes the difference trust me) flat leaf parsley
- In a large bowel, combine the olive oil, vinegar, teriyaki sauce, onions, and salt and pepper. Toss the chicken pieces in the bowl, coating with the mixture and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes, tossing in once more after 15 minutes pass. (Marinating your chicken is optional; however, clearly the longer you leave it marinating, the better it will taste but I didn’t have that luxury that evening! However, another time I made this recipe I threw all the ingredients in a Ziploc bag the night before so when I got home all I had to do was throw it on a baking pan....Nice & Easy...I like that!)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- After you are done marinating, take the pieces out of the bowl and arrange them on a baking dish or roasting pan. Scrap bowl to get all excess oil, spices, and onions to drip on top of the chicken. Ensure the chicken pieces are skin side up.
- Roast the chicken for about 20-25 minutes, until it starts to brown on top. Turn the chicken pieces over, and scrape up any juices or onions that may be clinging to the pan using a spatula. Roast an additional 20-30 minutes, or until all the pieces of chicken are cooked through and the onions are well-caramelized.
- Take it out of the oven and serve it up!
Homemade mash potatoes and broiled asparagus accompanied my Roast Chicken With Caramelized Onions.
All and all, it was delicious and it also was the first time my improvising didn’t fail me! I was just so excited!! So I just had to share it with you!
Give it a try and let me know what you think!