|Delicious! Easy! One Pan Clean-up!|
As recipes go, this could not be easier. Why? Because it is more of a process than an actual recipe. It is easy to adjust the amounts. (Below, I have outlined the original recipe with my changes. Below that is the easy-to-follow ingredients if you only want a single serving or eight servings)!
|Mmmmmm ........ Fluffy roasted potatoes ... sweet baked onions ....|
I have now lived in the South for almost one decade. If there is one thing I have learned about cooking in this part of the country, it is this...SAVE YOUR COOKING FAT! Chicken fat. Bacon fat. Beef fat. Pork fat. Olive oil. Corn oil ... Canola oil. Butter. Any oil! It is liquid gold!
Strain it. Save it. Put it into a container ... Refrigerate it. For this recipe, I used chicken and bacon fat.
- 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces, (I prefer legs and thighs)
- 6 tablespoons melted butter and/or chicken grease or bacon grease
- 1 package Lipton dry onion soup mix
- Garlic powder (optional)
- Dried rosemary leaves (optional)
- Dried thyme leaves (optional)
- 6 medium potatoes cut into one-inch rounds then each round cut in half
- 2 medium onions, peeled, root left intact, cut into quarters. (Keeping the root end intact prevents the onion layers from separating while cooking.)
- Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350F.
Arrange chicken in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Tuck in the potatoes and onions. Drizzle butter and or bacon/chicken fat over the chicken and vegetables and then sprinkle all with soup mix. If using, lightly sprinkle with garlic powder, dried rosemary and thyme leaves. Salt and pepper to taste.
Cover with lid or tin foil. Bake 50 minutes. Remove from oven. Discard tin foil or lid. Baste with juices and return to oven, uncovered, to bake an additional 10-15 minutes until chicken is browned and potatoes are soft.
For added crispness, place under broiler for 1-2 minutes. Do not walk away as it will brown very quickly.
Individual portions: for each chicken piece, use one tablespoon melted butter, one tablespoon dried soup mix, 1 medium potato, one-half onion. Adjust seasonings to taste.