Roast Chicken with Caramelized Shallots

May 17, 2010 · 9 comments

in chicken/poultry

If you haven’t heard, I’m quite the sucker for a roast chicken, especially on a Sunday night.   It’s a snap to make, but the results don’t seem that way at all.  Tender, juicy chicken with crispy skin? Yes, please!  I actually eased my way back into the kitchen with this recipe because, aside from slicing shallots, this is really all about throwing stuff into a pan and then throwing that pan into the oven.

The only thing I would change to this recipe next time would be to increase the amount of shallots.  They shrink down a lot when they caramelize, and I would have liked to have a few more bites of the soft, sweet shallots with the crispy-skinned chicken.  I roasted this for about 25 minutes skin side up, and then about 30 additional minutes after flipping, to make sure the largest pieces of chicken were all cooked through.  It turned out perfect.

Roast Chicken with Caramelized Shallots

Serves 4-6
French Farmhouse Cookbook /David Lebovitz

3 Tbsp. olive oil
3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
4 (or more) shallots, peeled & sliced
1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 generous handful of chopped, flat leaf parsley

Preheat the oven to 425.

In a large baking dish or roasting pan, combine the olive oil, vinegar, soy sauce, shallots, and salt and pepper.   Toss the chicken pieces in the baking dish, coating with the mixture.  Turn the chicken pieces skin side up.

Roast the chicken for about 20-25 minutes,  until it starts to brown on top.  Turn the chicken pieces over, and scrape up any juices or shallots that may be clinging to the pan.  Roast an additional 20-30 minutes, or until all the pieces of chicken are cooked through and the shallots are well-caramelized.

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Brandie May 18, 2010 at 2:39 am

I am totally with you on the roasted chicken – and especially on a Sunday. Looks wonderful!

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Rosemary May 18, 2010 at 6:18 am

This looks “simply” divine!

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Laura May 18, 2010 at 8:03 am

That looks amazing!

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ash May 18, 2010 at 8:28 am

looks fabulous Elly!

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bellini valli May 18, 2010 at 11:56 am

I should really roast a chicken more often. Think of the leftovers, stock and sandwiches…if there waere any leftovers that is:D

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Wendy May 20, 2010 at 11:06 pm

This looked so good that I had to try it. One word – yum. Almost every bite was eaten. The best part was probably the smell. I used closer to six or seven shallots. The only thing I might do differently is try to emolsify the oil, vinegar, and soy sauce together in the blender or food processor as it did seperate some and we wanted to use the juice for sauce. I made mashed potatoes and the shallots with the sauce were amazing on them!

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elly May 21, 2010 at 6:34 am

So glad you liked it, Wendy! I agree, mashed potatoes with the shallot pan sauce are the way to go for a side!

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Annie May 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm

This has been on my short list to try since David posted it. Hopefully I get around to it soon! Good to know your thoughts on doubling the shallots.

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elizabeth May 30, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Looks wonderful! You had me at caramelized shallots.

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