It’s January. The holidays with their rich fair are over. It’s dark early, and we want some coziness at home.
If you’re looking for a simple to prepare, full flavored, home-cooked meal cooked in a single dish, this is it. Prep this dish, put it in the oven and walk away. It’s the perfect dinner to make when you have other things you need to do…laundry, toddlers to bathe, homework, books to read or even simply putting your feet up and taking a breather.
Rich in chicken flavor, this dish is one of our favorites… though it’s not a meal that I usually serve company because it looks rather plain, the flavor is all there. If you dress things up with a sprinkle of parsley and maybe serve a crisp green salad along-side, your guests should be delighted…and you will be too. Simply adjust the recipe for the number of people you’re serving.
If you like, add one more dish at the end, by pouring off the cooking juices to make a simple gravy.
Try this recipe and tell me what you think!
- 4 chicken pieces, skinned and boned
- 3-4 potatoes, peeled and quartered
- 2 carrots, peeled and cut into quarters, 2-3 inches long
- ½ onion, cut into wedges
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt and pepper
- 2 Tbsp- ¼ cup flour
Place chicken pieces in a greased 9×13 pan. Arrange potatoes, carrots and onion around the chicken pieces. Pour chicken broth into the dish. Tuck in a bay leaf and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Remove chicken and vegetables to a serving platter, and tent with foil while you make the gravy.
Pour the cooking juices into a skillet. In a small dish, mix 2 Tbsp to ¼ cup flour with water to make a thin, smooth paste. Stream this into the cooking juices while stirring. Heat and stir until thickened. Taste for seasoning.
Remove foil, sprinkle the chicken and vegetables with parsley and serve.