We love restaurants recipes, and when we get one from Jeff Nathan of Abigaels we were very excited. Abigaels' cuisine offers an array of globally eclectic American fare, Latin comfort foods and Sushi & Pan Asian specialties. This recipe is one of Chef Jeff's winter menu specials and we're sure it will be your favorite too.
Herb Roasted Chicken
Yield: 2-4 servings
1 cup white wine
3 limes, juiced
½ bunch Italian parsley, lightly chopped
½ bunch cilantro, lightly chopped
2 shallots, chopped
freshly ground black pepper
1 3½ pound chicken, cut in half
olive oil, as needed
In a large Ziploc bag combine the white wine, lime juice, fresh herbs, shallots, salt and pepper. Shake to quickly combine. Add in the chicken halves and seal the bag. Allow to marinate overnight in the refrigerator, turning the bag over occasionally.
Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard liquid. Place chicken on a rack in a roasting pan. Coat with a little oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Roast at 350˚ F. until skin is crisp and golden, approximately 1 hour. Remove from oven, allow to cool. Cut into quarters or eighths. Serve with Apple Pear Relish and Winter Cider Drizzle.
Apple - Pear Relish
Yield: 1½ cups
1 Granny Smith apple
1 Macintosh apple
1 Bartlett pear
2 tablespoons apple cider
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, about 1 lime
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup red onion, small dice
¼ cup pomegranate seeds
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
¼ teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt
¼ teaspoon cane sugar
Cut the apples and pear into eighths; discard the stems and seeds. Cut the wedges into small dice and place in a medium sized glass bowl. Immediately add in the cider, lime juice and olive oil; stir to coat to prevent browning.
Add the red onion and pomegranate seeds and fresh herbs. Season with the salt and sugar and using a rubber spatula, stir well to combine.
Set aside until ready to serve.
Winter Cider Drizzle
Yield: ½ cup
1 cup apple cider
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon honey
In a small sauce pot combine all ingredients. Place over low- medium flame. Heat until simmering and allow to reduce by half the volume. Remove from fire, allow to cool.
Note: The Apple - Pear Relish and Winter Cider Drizzle can be made up to two days ahead of time. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving.