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Megans Cookin: Roasted Chicken and Plums for Martha Monday

Monday, August 24, 2009

Roasted Chicken and Plums for Martha Monday

pumpkin bars 006 This weeks assignment comes from Brette, the mastermind behind  Martha Mondays. If you want to join in, or are interested in what we are doing, she has  all the info! This week she picked Roasted Chicken with Plums. I was eager to try this dish and got on it right away. But…  pumpkin bars 009






I was a little disappointed. The chicken came out fantastic. Juicy and flavorful. But those plums. Man, were they tart. I cant blame the misfortune of the tart plums on Martha, So I’m thinking of blaming Trader Joe’s. That’s were I bought them.

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So I’m sure this would be tasty with some sweet, ripe, juicy plums, I just didn’t have any. Maybe next time I’ll try peaches.  But, did I tell you the chicken was really good?

Stay tune for Martha Monday next week. I get to pick the assignment! Want a little hint? It’s a craft!

Roasted Chicken and Plums

Serves 12

  • 2 whole chickens (about 4 lbs each)
  • sea salt
  • 10 sprigs rosemary
  • 3 lbs small plums
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 oz (2 tbsp) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 450. Season chickens with salt. Stuff each cavity with 2 sprigs rosemary. Tie legs together with kitchen twine. Place each chicken in an ovenproof skillet (preferably cast iron) and place 2 sprigs rosemary around each chicken. Alternatively you can also roast the chickens together in a roasting pan. Toss plums with honey in a large bowl.

Roast chickens for 20 min. Remove from oven, and scatter some of the plums around the chickens. Return to oven and roast for 20 min more. Spread remaining plums on a rimmed baking sheet, dot with butter, and top with remaining 2 sprigs rosemary. Transfer to oven. Continue to roast chickens until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 165. Meanwhile roast plums until soft and brown around edges about 25 min. Let chickens rest for 10 min before serving.

Note I only used one chicken as I have only 3 to feed. I also tossed my plums in after 20 minutes of roasting the chicken and left them till the chicken was cooked. I didn’t use the butter.


Blogger Gaby said...

looks delicious!

August 24, 2009 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

I wish I could of shared my plums with you, our tree went wild this year. They were delicious!

August 24, 2009 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

At least the chicken was good! I would like to try this with some good plums - it sounds amazing!

August 24, 2009 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Too bad about the plums. I have a chicken in the freezer that needs roasting - looks good!

August 24, 2009 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

This recipe does sound delicious. Do you have a farmers market nearby where you could get ripe plums. It might be worth another try.

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August 24, 2009 at 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry about the plums being too tart, but the chicken sounds excellent!

August 24, 2009 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Coleens Recipes said...

This looks delicious. I would like to try this with pluots which is a new (at least to me) fruit hybrid between a plum and an apricot and they are ultra-sweet and delicious.

August 24, 2009 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

I'm sorry to hear the plums were not what you hoped they'd be. The photograph is beautiful and the recipe sounds worth doing. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

August 24, 2009 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Sorry to hear about the plums, but I'm interested in how a plum chicken works out. It sounds delicious, and great for using up any real softies :)

August 24, 2009 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

This sounds like a delicious combo! Too bad about the plums. I would of never thought to put the two together. Chicken looks great!

August 24, 2009 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

Well the chicken looks fanastic. That is a bummer bout the plums.. I wonder how it would have been had they been better. Sounds like a great combo!

August 24, 2009 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger Katy ~ said...

This sounds very good; I am sorry you were disappointed about the plums. I'm smacking my lips at Coleen's substitution. Boy does that ever sound super good! I'll have to look for that fruit as well.

August 25, 2009 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Hola Megan. Despite the tartness of the plums, I have a feeling the dish came out delicious. Making it with peaches sounds wonderful.

August 25, 2009 at 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never thought of roasting plums. They sound great!

August 25, 2009 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger tinyskillet said...

Love the way your chicken looks! Did you roast any of the plums separate with honey? I liked the chicken cooked with plums, but not the plums themselves.

August 25, 2009 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger April said...

I would have never thought to add plums to my chicken, but now that you have made this, it does sound like a good combo. Looks yummy!

August 25, 2009 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Pru said...

Hi Megan,

I'm the same - I liked the chicken but found the plums too tart. Your chicken looks great though - did you add anything to the chicken under the skin?

Am looking forward to the pom-poms even though I am dreadful at crafts. Am off to buy tissue paper now.


August 26, 2009 at 4:57 AM  
Blogger Maris said...

Totally TJ's fault. I might just blame all of my kitchen mishaps on them from now on too !:)

After watching Julie & Julia I've been dying to truss and roast a chicken...don't ask me why, but when my oven is fixed I have big plans! :)

August 26, 2009 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Too bad the plums were so sour. This really does sound delicious.

August 31, 2009 at 4:19 PM  

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