Sunday, February 15, 2009

Balsamic and Basil Chicken Quarters

I needed something extremely quick an simple for dinner one night. I had some chicken quarters that I wanted to use up. I stuck them in the marinade in the morning and it was ready to go for me in the evening. The sugar in the balsamic vinegar caused the skin to roast and crisp up beautifully! This was the closest that I have ever gotten to the flavor and texture of a rotissire chicken. I honestly think it had to do with the marinade as well as the roasting process. My fiancee could not stop raving about the chicken. I served it up with some whole wheat orzo with garlic, basil and tomatos. Later in the week I used one of the leftover chicken breasts in a simple garbage salad. Nothing more to say here, this dish was simple and delicious.

1 Whole Chicken, Cut up into Wuarters
2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Basil
2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
Salt and Pepper to Season
1 Plastic Bag

1. Place all ingredients into plastic bag. For at least 12 hours.
2. Set oven to "ROAST" at 450-degrees.
3. Place chicken parts on a roasting pan on the middle rack in the oven. Roast for about 25-30 minutes or until juices run clear.

*See...I told you it was simple :)


mikky said...

this is just awesome... great dinner... :)

Anonymous said...

I have been looking for a recipe using balsamic vinegar, thanks! Find your site from Peter's Kafalogas : )

Lisa said...

This balsamic marinade looks great. I use balsamic vinegar on everything!

Maria said...

I love balsamic and simple!

Pam said...

Simple is usually best. This looks like a wonderful meal.

Elra said...

Mila, couldn't be more simple then this, no?
Love it!

Passionate About Baking said...

This is too cool...yum yum!!

Natashya said...

Mmmm, simple and delicious! I love balsamic vinegar.

Krysta said...

that was too simple and looks quite good.

avesta said...

mmmmmm....this looks awesome! I have to try this recipe!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Look at that beautiful skin! I want some!!

Peter M said...

Mila, I love the colour of the chicken, looks like a BBQ sauce.