It's human nature to make things difficult right? Worry, fret, overzealous mental chatter...or maybe it's just me. Hopefully you are better equipped at dealing with your inner gremlins. I'm working on it. ;)
So in honor of making my week a little less complicated I give you a lovely Zuni Cafe recipe for oven roasted chicken. To follow the recipe for a super nutritive and extremely uncomplicated chicken stock.
Tell your mental chatter you are giving it a mini vacation and put your feet up this week. The roast chicken recipe will definitely allow you to have several meals from firing up the oven just once. Chicken salad, chicken salad sandwiches...ideas are endless. Bonus: if you are too overwhelmed to make the stock just freeze the bones and save it for a rainy day when you have the time.
Zuni Cafe Roast Chicken
Click HERE for the link for the Zuni Cafe Cookbook Roast Chicken
Roast Chicken Stock
Makes approximately 3 quarts of stock
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2- 3 onions roughly chopped with the outer most skin removed
- 3-4 large carrots roughly chopped
- 4-8 cloves of garlic smashed with skins left on
- 1 bunch of parsley
- 4-5 sprigs of thyme
- 1-2 bay leaves
- teaspoon of fennel seeds
- black peppercorns
- 1.5 gallons of water
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- leftover carcass of 1 roasted chicken
1. Pour olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat and sauté onions, carrots and garlic until lightly colored. 5-10 minutes.
2. Place the remaining ingredients in the stock pot and increase the heat to high. Maintain heat until the contents comes to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer.
3. Maintain at a low simmer for approximately 4-6 hours. When stock has been reduced by about half pour contents through a sieve. Strain and place stock in a bowl or original stock pot to cool.
4. Once cool place the stock in quart or pint jars and place in the fridge or freezer
NOTE: If you are going to freeze the stock only fill the jars 3/4 full as liquids expand as they freeze. Not having to clean up cracked jars of frozen stock is always enjoyable. Preventive maintenance!