Nothing like cold, windy, wet weather to make me want to turn my oven on and make some comfort food. Mom made this a lot growing up, but there has never been a recipe, just an idea, so please take this and make it your own. This is the first time I have ever measured the spices and they vary greatly depending on my mood and what’s on the spice rack; I know that in a pinch I’ve just used flour and a pile of Mrs. Dash (how to impress your new boyfriend by cooking at his house where Mrs. Dash IS the spice cabinet). Also, the photo is not doing this justice, I forgot to take the picture when this came out of the oven, so this is the uneaten piece, cold and alone – don’t base your decision on the picture, this is a tasty treat!
4 quarter chickens (or one whole chicken, cut into pieces, or whatever chicken pieces you like – thighs work well – just make sure they are skin on and bone in or you are missing the point of this recipe)
1/2 cup flour
2 tsp oregano
1 1/2 tsp garlic salt (garlic powder would work too, just make sure you add some salt to it)
1 tsp each, smoked sweet paprika, basil, rosemary, and thyme
1/2 tsp each, mustard powder, cumin, chipotle chili powder, smoked salt
2. In a large plastic bag (make sure it is hole free), combine flour and all the spices. Add the chicken, close the bag, and shake to coat the chicken, making sure each piece is well covered.
3. Lay chicken out on baking sheet and place in oven. Cook for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of your chicken pieces, using a brush to baste the chicken with it’s juices every 10 minutes or so.
4. Near the end, I usually pour some of the fat from the baking sheet into a sauce pan to make a gravy. If you have any of the flour combo left, use that to thicken the fat over medium heat (about the same amount of flour as fat) then add some water (potato water works great if you are cooking potatoes) or broth to get the consistency of gravy you want, add some salt, pepper, and worchestershire sauce to taste and serve.
PS This is not a healthy recipe, nothing about it is good for you, hence the term ‘comfort food’, but we can all be forgiven these transgressions once in a while, right?