Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Savory Duck Sauce Chicken

Do you have a recipe that reminds you of home? This is mine.

Growing up, we all loved duck sauce chicken. This savory, warm, and filling dish left us feeling good all over! The chicken bottoms are accompanied by baked potatoes and coos coos. Mmmm. Soooo good. 

Say hello to the freshly cleaned chicken quarters, all ready to get dressed! I sliced these potatoes myself, but you could also use canned sliced or canned mini potatoes to save you some time. No one will know the difference!

I recently started spicing the chickens, to add an extra kick of flavor, before adding the duck sauce.I don't have exact measurements, but in general, I'm pretty generous with all the spices, with the exception of pepper. I especially love using paprika. It adds nice color, and it has a mellow flavor that won't ruin the dish.

Check out these beautiful looking chickens :). It is time for the ingredient we have all been waiting for....Duck Sauce! I like to rub the spices into the chicken before pouring and then spreading the duck sauce over the chicken. I'm also pretty generous with the duck sauce! After that your chickens are all ready for the oven. Cover it and bake for a full hour. You will add the coos coos later.

Recently, I have been serving this dish quite often on Friday nights when it is just our family. I serve individual plates of chicken, potatoes, and coos coos. It's the perfect comfort food on a cold wintry Friday night.

Savory Duck Sauce Chicken Quarters:
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Yields: 3 servings

3 chicken quarters, with skin
1 medium sized onion cut in circles
2 medium sized potatoes, sliced or 2 eight ounce cans of sliced or mini potatoes
4 garlic cloves, cut into pieces
A pinch of salt
A (cautious) dash of pepper
A sprinkling of garlic powder
A showering of paprika
3 generous dollops of sweet and sour duck sauce
1.5 cups of coos coos

1.       Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover the bottom of baking pan with the circled onions , the sliced potatoes, and the garlic pieces.
2.       Rinse Chicken Quarters individually. Cut off fat and excess skin. Place chicken quarters in pan, on top of onions, potatoes, and garlic pieces.
3.       Spice each of the chicken quarters and then gently rub the spices into each of the quarters, giving them a nice massage
4.       Place a spoonful of duck sauce on each quarter and spread the duck sauce with the back of the spoon, to ensure full coverage.
5.       Cover the pan tightly with silver foil and place it on the middle shelf of your oven.  Allow it to bake for one hour.
6.       Meanwhile, place your coos coos in a medium sized bowl. Fill the bowl with just enough water to cover the coos coos. You will notice that the coos coos will absorb the water, during the time that the chicken is baking.
7.        Remove the chicken from the oven after the hour is complete, uncover, and gently place the coos coos in the pan. Make sure to immerse the coos coos in the moisture from the chicken. You may need to lift the chicken quarters and place some coos coos underneath. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, covered.
8.       Remove from oven. Uncover and let cool.

9.       Your dish is ready to be served!

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