Slow Cooked Roast Chicken and Kale

Poultry Recipes, Slow Cooking, Vegetable Recipes
Cooked with onions, coconut milk, and spices

Cooked with onions, coconut milk, and spices

Slow Cooked Roast Chicken and Kale Kale in Chicken Broth

When hunger and inspiration come together, delicious dishes appear. That was the case for me today. I had some chicken thighs, kale, and onions in the fridge, along with coconut milk. Added some spices: ginger powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt, pepper, and lemongrass, and put them all in a slow cooker.  Left it on high for about four hours and let the magic happened. The sweet smell of coconut milk mixed onions, lemongrass, and kale made the chicken so aromatic. The meat was so tender and melted in the mouth. And the kale tasted so rich for being cooked with all of the spices and juices from the chicken. I separated the chicken and kale at the end. I also wanted to add some golden color on the chicken so I put it in the oven to broil for five minutes (this last part is completely optional).

Recently, a friend had recommended a slow cooker to me. She said that it has freed her from standing for a long time in front of the stove while cooking, which allowed her to tend to other things. Curiosity and the need to tend to other things (while still wanting to cook too), drove me to Target to get a small slow cooker :D. The results have been promising. So I will keep on trying different things in my slow cooker.

Here’s how I did the two dishes:

Ingredients:

  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 3 small onions (chopped)
  • 1 small cut of lemongrass
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 bunch of kale (only used the leaves, no stem)
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon of  turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon of coriander powder
  • salt
  • pepper

Method:

  • Placed the chicken in the slow cooker pot
  • Poured the coconut milk
  • Added the onion, lemongrass, and spices
  • Mix them by hands
  • Put kale on the top and covered the pot
  • Set the cooker on high and left it for about four hours (I mixed everything again while it was cooking).
  • Once they were all done cooking, I separated the chicken and kale
  • Placed the chicken on an oven-safe plate and let them broil in the oven for five minutes. I wanted that roasting golden color on the chicken (optional)
  • Placed the kale on a deep dishware so I could serve a little bit of the broth with it
  • I used the remaining broth to cook tofu. Just put the broth in a pot on a stove, medium heat, added firm tofu that I diced, let it simmer for a bit and ta…da…another dish!

Wishing all of you a good week!

Eat well and be well

Easy Dry-Rub Roasted Chicken

Poultry Recipes

Inspired by the delicious main course at Chicken Hut in Chicago, I went on a quest to make my own flavorful and juicy chicken. Since I don’t have the proper grill that produces great char-broiled chicken like the hut does, I settle with oven roasting.

On this quest, I am also learning, from this one easy recipe, that a good dry-rub made of spices and herb make a big difference in the flavor of roasted chicken. Generosity in seasoning matters too.

So here’s one result from the quest. This time, I went with herb-based dry rub for the chicken and a parsley salsa for dipping. The chicken came out of the oven with this beautiful golden color, crispy exterior, tender and juicy meat, and a wonderful fragrant.

For the roasted chicken, we will need:

  • A whole cut up chicken (that I cut up more into a total of 12 smaller pieces).
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 teaspoon of chili pepper powder
  • 2  teaspoon of ginger powder
  • 2  teaspoon of coriander powder
  • Lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • Olive oil
  • A pinch of dried rosemary (optional)
  • 1 thyme sprigs

For the salsa (dipping sauce):

  • 2 medium tomatoes (diced)
  • 2 Thai or cayenne peppers (chopped)
  • A handful of chopped parsley
  • Lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • ½ chopped sweet onion

Steps:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place the 12 pieces of chicken on a large oven tray.
  • Drizzle olive oil (lightly) on the chicken and then coat them evenly.
  • Season generously with salt, pepper, chili pepper powder, ginger, coriander, and lemon zest.
  • Sprinkle a pinch of dried rosemary and place the thyme sprigs on the chicken.
  • Make sure that both sides of the chicken are well coated with the seasonings.
  • Arrange so that the skin side faces up.
  • Roast for 40-45 minutes (until the chicken temperature reaches 162 degrees F).
  • Dump the juice, remove the sprigs, and let the chicken cool down for 5 minutes before serving.

Note: Next time I’ll try seasoning the chicken a day before I cook them (and leave them wrapped in the fridge).

For the salsa:

  • While the chicken is roasting, heat up a small pot over medium heat.
  • Place the tomatoes and let them cook for a few minutes until they become soft and juicy.
  • Add the lemon juice.
  • Mix the onions, peppers, and parsley.
  • Turn off the heat and serve on a bowl.

Serve with these red potatoes and baguettes:

(Click on the image for recipe)