Yesterday I wanted to make a good meal since it was Sunday after all. I still believe in a good Sunday meal that you sit down and truly enjoy when I’m home so I really try to make the most of it.
Since I had pulled a homegrown, organic chicken out of the Freezer Friday afternoon (which really does not ever need too much to be good), and since I love to layer flavors I made my baked buttermilk rosemary chicken with broccolini, mashed potatoes and of coarse homemade chicken gravy.
Most people fry their buttermilk marinated chicken, but I try to be a little bit healthy and save on the stress and mess of frying. And to top it off, the chicken comes out nice and crispy anyway, so why bother?
- 3 to 4 lb chicken, cut into parts excluding the back (use that for soup stock later)
- 2 Cups Buttermilk
- 1 Onion rough chopped
- 6 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 cup milk for the gravy (optional)
- 2 tablespoons flour for the gravy (optional)
- Soak cut up chicken in buttermilk that is layered with rough chopped onion and springs of rosemary for at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours. The longer the better on this!
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Drain chicken in colander
- Coat the bottom of a pan with olive oil.
- Add chicken to pan.
- Season both sides of the chicken with salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Arrange the pieces skin-side up in the pan so that the largest pieces are in the center
- Using last sprig of Rosemary, chop finely and sprinkle on top of chicken.
- Bake for 30 minutes at 400°F. Then lower the heat to 350°F and bake for another 20 minutes more or until juices run clear when poked with a sharp knife.
- Remove pan from oven, set aside chicken and if using drippings for gravy, pour drippings into a small saucepan using a metal spatula to scrape the drippings stuck to the bottom of the roasting pan. Place stove on medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons flour, letting the flour cook for a minute or two before whisking in 1 cup milk to the pan. Cook until desired thickness of gravy is reached, then slather on mashed potatoes!