1 whole chicken, best quality you can afford
30g butter, softened
Mixed herbs, finely chopped (should give approx 1 handful when chopped)
1 lemon, zested and cut in half. Zest finely diced
Coppa di Parma (or Parma ham)
Root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, onions)
Heat your oven to 180 C.
This is a beautiful and simple one tray dinner. Start by preparing your chicken – check it has been thoroughly cleaned out internally, trim away any excess fatty skin from the openings. Begin to delicately tease the skin away from the flesh of the breast area, creating a pocket under the skin.
Mix your chopped herbs, lemon zest and some salt & pepper with softened butter. Rub this into the chicken flesh inside the pocket you created by lifting the skin. Also rub it all over the outside of the chicken, covering all of the skin. Next, take your pieces of coppa di parma and place in the skin pocket of the chicken. Place one half of the lemon in the cavity of your chicken, this will help to keep your chicken moist.
Chicken should be roasted for 20 mins per lb plus 20 mins. Your vegetables and potatoes will take about 1 hour to cook, so place the chicken in a large roasting tin and place it in the oven. Now, begin to prepare your vegetables and add them to the roasting tin when there’s one hour of cooking time left.
Peel your vegetables as needed and cut into similar sized chunks. Toss them in a little olive oil (add a little dried herbs if you like) before adding to the roasting tin.
Ensure that the juices of the chicken are running clear, by cutting into the bird with a sharp knife, and then rest for 10 minutes before carving.
2 Chicken Breasts
1 Teaspoon of Lemon pepper
half a teaspoon of Salt
1 400g Can of Peaches
1 tablespoon of Lemon juice
1 Tablespoon of Soy sauce
Peaches are always in plentiful supply in the southern US states so it’s no surprise that they’re in a lot of Soul Food recipes. This is a great tasting and easy to make dish. I love the way the Pepper on the chicken bounces off the peaches, it’s like a party on your taste buds
Possibly the two most important skills when cooking for one are imagination and division.
Let’s look at the second of those first, division. It’s a fairly basic skill and this will allow you to take a recipe meant to serve 4 and allow you to cook a single portion of it. Of course it can help if you have a handy way to convert measurements.
Thankfully Google does this and it’s really easy to use. Say you see a recipe that serves 4 and calls for 1 cup of wine. You could try to measure a quarter cup or you could go to google.ie and type “convert 1 cup to ml” hit search and here’s the result, now you continue dividing :)This doesn’t just work for cups either, you can convert almost any measurement just type “Convert xxx to yyy” and google does the rest, very handy.
It’s not always that simple of course and this is where imagination comes in, how could you roast a quarter of a chicken, for instance. In this case I can think of two options.
Use a piece or two of cut chicken, say a chicken breast on the bone, or a few wings and a leg (you get the idea)
And I’m only using the roast chicken as an example here, of course I’m not suggesting that you live on chicken, but it is a great example for imagination. When you roast a piece of chicken (or roast anything) you can rest it on some veg (peppers, carrot, parsnip and onion spring to mind) and you have your roast veg along with the chicken.
So cooking for one doesn’t have to be all about things you can make in advance and freeze in portions