Chicken “Nothing Fancy”

I really and enjoying the “casual nothing fancy” recipes from Alison Roman such a nice break and she is so much fun to watch if you have seen any of her videos on YouTube. I have two her books and chose a recipe from “Nothing Fancy” Slow-Roasted Oregano Chicken with Buttered Tomatoes.

The roasted tomatoes and garlic are meant to slather on the thick toast and top with some chicken and the tasty pan juices, absolutely delicious.
Serve with a simply dressed mixed greens salad.
And now I am left with a nice chicken carcass and plenty of leftovers for a spring chicken salad…

Ingredients/slightly adapted

3½- to 4-pound chicken
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup olive oil
1½ tablespoons fennel seeds, crushed in a mortar and pestle or spice mill, or chopped with a knife ( I didn’t bother and left whole
1 bunch fresh oregano
1½ pounds small-ish vine-ripened tomatoes (about 6), halved lengthwise
2 heads of garlic, halved crosswise (don’t worry about leaving the skin on; it’s fine)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar
4–6 1-inch-thick slices of good country bread, such as country loaf or sourdough, toasted (optional) and rubbed with a garlic clove while hot.

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper (if you can do this in advance, please do; think of it as a casual brine). Drizzle it with the olive oil and sprinkle with the fennel seeds. *Optional place 1/2 lemon into cavity with oregano.

3. Stuff the cavity with half the oregano and place in a large baking dish. Scatter the tomatoes, garlic, butter, and remaining oregano around the chicken. Roast until the chicken is golden brown and completely cooked through, and the tomatoes are nice and jammy, 2½ to 3 hours. Add the vinegar to the tomatoes and let the chicken rest in the baking dish for 10 minutes. 4 Place toast on serving platter and spoon the jammy tomatoes over or around the toast. Carve the chicken and place on top of the toast to catch the juices. DO AHEAD The chicken can be roasted a few hours ahead; it’s very good at room temperature.

Roman, Alison. Nothing Fancy . Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed. Kindle Edition.