I’ve done at least 14 versions of roast chicken over the 5‑year life of this blog. There are many reasons for this, starting with the fact: I like lazy roast chicken.
I’m sure you know this, but roast chicken in all its forms is one of the easiest of the completely satisfying meals I know. That’s why I’ve done whole roast birds as a blogger (3 times) and various parts of the poultry roasted many, many more. Typically I’ll roast that part with something delicious and perhaps unusual (sunchokes and plums come to mind). However for those posts I always end up talking about those other things (you know like sunchokes and plums).
Today I thought I’d sing the virtues of lazy roast chicken for the sheer simple beauty of it. I realize the name lazy roast chicken implies some sort of apology is in order. Like I just don’t feel like making anything better. Or worse– maybe you think I think you don’t deserve anything better. Yet I promise there’s no need for you to feel slighted and there’s no need for me to apologize for lazy roast chicken. Even for the repetition of the phrase lazy roast chicken. I can’t seem to help myself.
Roast chicken is a welcome and infinitely variable dish. It’s acceptable as dinner party fare and it works as a lazy weeknight meal. In fact I might even start a feature here called Default Chicken. Because like my Default Pasta, it’s easy to bring creative lazy roast chicken to the table with whatever you have on hand– even if all you have on hand is salt and pepper (and chicken, duh). You can’t say that about many dishes. So redundancy be damned. I proud of all 14 versions of lazy roast chicken.
Today’s variation is lazy roast chicken breast, and it’s stuffed. I don’t think I’ve ever done a stuffed breast in all the years of this blog. I stuffed it with a combination of herbs and goat cheese. Herbs are great with chicken. Goat cheese is great with chicken. No redundancy there.
There’s also a delicious sauce I hope you’ll try. I made it with watercress (and a touch of cream. Shhh, I was feeling lazy).
So here you are, one more time. Lazy Roast Chicken. GREG