Thursday, August 28, 2008

Barefoot Bloggers Butterflied Chicken

This week's Barefoot Bloggers challenge was Butterflied Chicken chosen by Stefany of Proceed With Caution. Being someone who doesn't love to touch raw chicken (although I get by) I wasn't necessarily excited about "deboning" a chicken. My husband, however, saw this challenge as a reward. He was pretty excited to get his hands on the little bird and cut away. The noise of the scissors and the bones was enough for me, I went outside to wash the cars!

Ina's marinade was perfect. The strong hints of rosemary and lemon complimented the chicken perfectly. We decided to season a few bone in chicken breasts and cook them along with the whole chicken. We've had our share of chicken this week...3 night's of left overs and even some chicken salad at lunch. I think we're done for awhile, but will definitely use this marinade again...perhaps not on an entire deboned and butterflied chicken, that was a little more work than a weeknight can handle! I will note we used a slightly larger chicken (as that was all the store had) and it took about 1/2 to 3/4 of an hour to cook on the grill.

We served our chicken with mashed potatoes and a side of green beans with shallots and bacon.

Here's our simple bean recipe. Anyone will eat beans covered in bacon!
Cook 4 pieces of bacon in a large frying pan on medium heat. Once finished remove bacon and crumble. Add two diced shallots to bacon grease (if there's a lot drain some so the shallots are not swimming). Cook until soften. Add blanched green beans to shallots and return bacon to pan. Cook until warmed through.

Coming tomorrow, Broccoli Gratin.

11 comments:

Natashya said...

Bacon! Everything is indeed better with bacon.
The chicken looks really good, great that you have a handy man around for the deboning process.
Any leftover chicken would be good in a salad..
Cheers.

Prudy said...

Oh, you made me laugh when you wrote(oh, I get by). I feel the same way. The same way. I'll cook it, but please don't make me touch it. It looks wonderful, and bacon must have taken the taste way over the top and straight into heaven.

Maria said...

Great way to get in your veggies:)

Anne said...

Your chicken looks wonderful and I love the green beans, yum!

Aggie said...

I'm the same with chicken, I'm not a fan of eating chicken on the bone either. Yours turned out great! The marinade sounds delicious and I love your bean recipe!

1freshstart said...

Yummy beans. I do mine very similar with chicken stock. I totally get the washing the cars- I wasn't too thrilled about the whole chicken.
~The Cat's Pajamas

Suzie said...

Lucky you that you could delegate the boning to someone else. I am with you on the bacon and add it to everything. Have you tried it wrapped around asparagus? Yum.

Veronica said...

How nice that your husband got right in there and did the chicken thing! Your beans sound tasty too.

Heather B said...

Great job! It looks tasty!

Kenzie said...

Your post makes me smile - I had to enlist the help of my husband as well! And I'm not a huge fan of chicken on the bone either. Every time I cook a whole chicken, I resolve to only cook chicken breasts from now on . . .
Good side dish choices, too!

Debinhawaii said...

Not a raw chicken fan either! Everything looks great and I am craving the beans with bacon right now!