Pesto, Part Deux: Poulet

26 Mar

Occasionally, The Husband does come up with some lovely ideas for me to try out in the kitchen—long-time readers will remember that the bacon-crumble apple pies were his idea.

As usual, we bought our weekend chicken from the farmers market, and that chive pesto was still hanging around in the fridge—bright and perky, by the way, even over a week old. I love those glass snap-lock containers! He suggested we combine them both, putting the pesto under the skin. Since it was a cold and rainy Sunday yesterday, a roast chicken seemed just the thing for dinner.

After snuggling on the sofa and watching The Adventures of TinTin (which was just okay, sadly), I jumped in the kitchen. The chicken was ready for the oven in no time, and I cleaned some purple carrots and a Japanese yam to go in with it. Not only did I put the pesto under the skin, I rubbed the rest on top of the skin and shoved some inside the cavity too. I then drizzled it with a bit more oil, a sprinkle of sea salt and freshly ground pepper, and in it went to a very hot oven: 425 degrees F.

After 20 minutes, I added the veg and covered the breast with some prosciutto. At that point, I think The Husband started doing a little happy dance.

Oh. My. God. This was one of the best chickens yet! For those of you out there who like chicken, make this recipe now. For you vegans and vegetarians out there, I say roast some tofu or seitan slices in that pesto. It’s some tasty stuff. I did want to try my hand at home made gnocchi to go with this pesto, but I didn’t have time this weekend. Any favorite gnocchi recipes out there, please share!

Here’s some pictures of last night’s dinner:

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10 Responses to “Pesto, Part Deux: Poulet”

  1. girlinafoodfrenzy March 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    Ooo, heavenly! I love a good roast chook and the use of delicious pesto under the skin sounds perfect, oh yeah & crispy prosciutto too 🙂 yum!!!

    • tinykitchenstories March 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

      I was really pleased with the result! I think it was the pine nuts that helped it stay so moist..oh yeah, and the prosciutto! 🙂

  2. The Mouse March 27, 2012 at 1:14 am #

    You had me at pesto. When you added the prosciutto, I fainted. 🙂

  3. eof737 March 28, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    Unfortunately, I don’t eat prosciutto but I bet it was fabulous. 🙂

    • tinykitchenstories March 28, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

      Even without the prosciutto (leftovers tonight), it was fabulous!

  4. cibusamare March 29, 2012 at 2:36 am #

    Sounds great! I made a similar chicken dish a few nights ago, placing fresh basil leaves under the skin – the jus it created was delicious!

    • tinykitchenstories March 29, 2012 at 11:07 am #

      That sounds lovely! I wish I had more fresh herbs like that growing in the garden. Thanks for the brilliant idea!

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