This is my father-in-law’s favorite dish that I make. I make it every couple of weeks per my husband’s request. It is extremely easy and cheap! Only requires you to buy chicken & sweet potatoes. Everyone has garlic already in the pantry, and if you don’t have fresh rosemary, you can always used dried! I paid $4 for a pack of 4 organic chicken drummettes. This meal costed about $15 to make. It was completely organic & fed 4 adults. Who says you can’t eat organic for cheap?! Some professionals would say this recipe is technically “braising” or “pot-roasting”, but I think it sounds less intimidating when I just call it “roasting”. Decide for yourself!
3 Cloves of Garlic
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup water
1/2 Tsp of Salt (not including the salt you’ll put on the chicken)
4 Sweet Potatoes (when buying sweet potatoes, imagine 1 potato feeds 1 person, so buy accordingly)
12 Chicken Drumsticks (you can mix chicken legs and wings if you want, also, for a cheaper price! We want 3 pieces per person)
1 Sprig of Rosemary or 1 Tsp of Dried Rosemary
*Start off by pre-heating the oven to 375 degrees*
Pat down your thawed out raw chicken with a paper towel to absorb extra moisture. We want to do this so the skin sears really well.
Coat the chicken on both sides in a generous amount of Salt & Pepper.
On the stove, pour the olive oil in a dutch oven or other oven-proof pot with lid, and heat to medium-high. We want the skillet really hot & for the chicken to make a searing sound when it goes in. Place the chicken pieces & Rosemary sprig down in the pot and let them sear for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown. You will see dark brown and black pieces all over the bottom of the pan. It doesn’t mean it’s burning! Those are the “flavoring bits” we will use to make the potatoes taste yummy.
Here is what the chicken should look like when it’s got a “good sear” on it.
Take the chicken and rosemary out of the pot, and set aside on a plate.
Turn your heat down to LOW, and add the Sweet Potatoes, Garlic, & Water to the pot. Stir everything around & use your cooking spoon to scratch the bottom of the pot & get all of the flavoring bits off. It sounds weird, but this is how you “de-glaze” a pan to make gravy & other sauces that go with meat.
Turn the stove heat OFF and add the chicken to the pot with the potatoes.
Cover with the lid & put into the oven that is now 375 degrees for about 35-40 minutes. Take out of the oven when done & serve!
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