I like to keep a supply of leftover roast chicken on hand in the fridge for lunch, for picnics, for alleviating starvation. It’s so easy to prepare. All you need is a couple pounds of bone-in chicken pieces, a good fruit jam and a fruit vinegar. Apply heat and voilà. A tasty chicken dinner — along with leftovers — is served.
Roasted Blackberry Glazed Chicken Recipe
4 – 5 lbs bone-in chicken pieces (I favor breasts and thighs but pick your preference)
3 T dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup blackberry jalapeño jam
Note: interesting fruit jam combinations abound. I pick them up at the grocery store and while out and about at Farmers’ Markets. The thing about the fruit-and-chile combo here is how they complement each other. Sweet and spicy! If you can find a similar pairing, go for it. If not, see what the markets in your neck of the woods have to offer. Part of the fun of cooking is in the experimentation of flavors. Just remember: if you’re using a dark fruit jam, use a dark fruit vinegar. If lighter fruits, use a white balsamic vinegar, which also have fruit pairing. The idea is to play!
1/4 cup black cherry balsamic vinegar
Heat oven to 400°F.
Rinse chicken pieces and pat dry. Arrange in baking pans. Sprinkle with dried thyme, salt and pepper.
Combine jam and vinegar in a small saucepan and warm over medium-low heat until melted. Keep covered until read to use.
Roast chicken for 30 minutes.
Thinly brush chicken with glaze, repeating in layers until glaze is used up. Roast for an additional 25 minutes or until chicken skin is crispy and juices run clear. Internal temperature with a probe thermometer should read 160 degrees.
Serve with rice and wilted collard greens cooked with diced bacon.
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