This year, before spending a more hectic Thanksgiving with family, I decided to create a quiet feast fit for two. I loosely adapted this recipe from an article in the NY Times. I love the flavor and juiciness of roast chicken thighs, so I was thrilled to try turkey thighs for the first time. During the final half hour of roasting, I added potatoes, garlic cloves, pearl onions and whole sprigs of herbs to create a wonderful one-pot meal.
I enjoy coming up with different one-pot dishes. I love the idea of placing all of the ingredients together and letting the oven do the rest of the work. This dish in particular was inspired by my chicken baked in beer and white wine roast chicken. I baked chicken thighs in red wine and added a lot of vegetables for a complete meal.
This recipe is adapted from Laura Calder’s Beer Bird. In her recipe she uses whole cornish game hens but I use chicken drumsticks. Chicken thighs would work fine as well. The chicken is cooked in herbs, garlic, chopped carrots and beer. I used a dark doublebock beer which is a strong German lager. I thought it would only be fitting because it’s Oktoberfest season!
There’s nothing more comforting than roast chicken. I can’t count how many times I’ve cooked it, but I can never get tired of this dish. Chicken has a nice flavor when roasted with just salt, pepper and herbs, but there are a number of other ingredients you can add.