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Monday, August 6, 2012

Elle's Kitchen: Bundt Pan Chicken Test


I must confess,  I fail at roasting chickens.
I have tried, my Mum has talked me through it
by long-distance phone calls, I've watched the
Barefoot Contessa roast all those chickens
for Jeffery but it's no good, something always
goes wrong.

I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought I would
give it a try for the following reasons:

1.  It looked like fun.

2. I don't get to use my bundt pans all
that often now that my kids are grown.

3.  I started thinking of those chickens roasting
in the windows in Paris and the drippings that
fall down onto diced new potatoes ~ you know,
the places that smell so good you start to
salivate like a hungry dog.

4. Maybe I could roast a chicken successfully!

The directions were to fill the bundt pan with
potatoes, onions and carrots and place the
chicken on the center post.

When I put the veggies in the pan they
filled the pan almost to the top, there
was about 1/2" of the post showing.

Hmmm....

Do I have a tiny bundt pan or, do I have
an enormous chicken?

So I took everything out and placed the chicken
on the post and stuffed the veggies around it,
those I couldn't fit in the pan I placed on a cookie
sheet underneath the bundt pan.

I put it in the oven for the stated time and when
the timer went off I took it out and it looked pretty
good.  That is until I took the chicken out of the
pan.  The best way I can describe it is it looked
like it had tan lines.  The top that was sticking out
was crispy and brown but the part that was below
the veggies looked the same as it did when it went
in the oven. And the bundt pan was filled with
liquid, so I thought the chicken might be dry.
I put the chicken on the cookie sheet with the
veggies that were now hard as rocks and let it cook
a bit longer.  The veggies that were in the bundt
pan cooked in the chicken stock and they were
delicious.  We were hungry so we cut up the
chicken and happily it was moist and delicious!
It was the best roasted chicken I ever made.

I'm still not sold on the bundt pan method.
I'm thinking maybe an agel food pan wrapped in
foil may be bigger and could hold the chicken
and veggies.  I'll keep you updated on my progress...

Here is how it looked.


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