Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Reward Yourself Chicken

It was almost fun to go back to work today, arranging flowers is not as difficult as painting. Plus there's the pay issue. The paint we've selected for our living /dining room is by a Canadian company C2. The colors are fabulous, the paint is as green as they can make it, so let's do the math: eco friendly paint + beautiful colors = high cost. O Canada. Tonight's reward is a favorite pasta dish with fettuccine and chicken.

You take a little, fat organic chicken, slather it with garlic, lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper and some crushed red peppers. Roast at 450 for 15 minutes, then about 1 hour and 15 or 20 minutes at 375. While chicken is roasting, finely chop onion, garlic , and a shallot or two, saute in olive oil, when they are soft , add a handful of cleaned and sliced mushrooms. When mushrooms start to soften, take off the burner. When chicken is ready, put the fettuccine in already boiling water and now comes the fun part. While the pasta is cooking, as quickly as you can, tear the chicken from the bones, shredding or cutting into pieces, include the skin. pour all cooking juices from pan into the sauteed vegetables, add a litle chicken stock or a splash of white wine. when pasta is cooked, place in big dish, add the chicken, then the sauce. toss all together, add fresh parsley, rosemary if it's not too cold to go outside and pick it, sprinkle with parmesan cheese, toss again. Eat. Then open up some of that $$$ paint and get back to work!


  1. I repeat, I would love to come to dinner at your house! Looks delicious.

  2. that's one good lookin' chicken. Did you know all my interior paint colors are C2? I just LOVE that company. The colors change with the light.

  3. Anonymous, maybe if we knew who you were you could come!

    Gwen, Chicken tastes as good as it looks. No, I didn't know that, but I know I have loved the colors I've seen you use. We seem to be moving at a B. pace with this paint job!

  4. hahahaaa... you know i could speed it up by just throwing the paint at the walls (Think pollock)

    p.s. - best chicken & pasta dish EVER!

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog! This looks delicious. I haven't roasted a chicken in ages...maybe I'll give this a go this weekend.

  6. Nele, It's a WE comment, trust me, you're not slowing down my dubious painting skills. You've refined them!

    Thomas, Make the chicken! You'll be singing it's praises forever after. I forgot to mention, toasted pine nuts go in at the end also. nice crunch. I have been reading your blog forever. You're inspiring ( and family).

  7. Hi dear, you are completely right, "small by charming", but I would add "totally charming". I just love your home, so cozy too!!!!!!!
    Thank you for your sweet comment.
    Muchos cariños,
    Maria Cecilia