A Chicken In Every Pot Every Sunday: A 17th Century Meme!

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In the 17th century, the king of France, Henri IV reputedly wished that each of his peasants would enjoy"a chicken in his pot every Sunday."   To this day, I remember this quote from my French history classes.  I laughed so hard at the thought of it!


This intro brings me to the July Challenge and the recipe for our perfected crispy oven chicken.


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F


Here are the ingredients:

We usually buy a 4lb organic chicken...

Good quality salt & Pepper.


A big bunch of herbs (we have thyme and marjoram that we combine.)

1 large lemon cut in half

1 orange cut in half.  I used a blood orange as they are in season.

10 garlic cloves cut in half (no need to peel them)

Melted butter about 1/4 to 1/2 stick.

Vegetables to taste, we use tiny organic different color potatoes.  We add a couple red peppers cut up in large pieces, and we mandolin a couple of onions.  We pour 1/2 cup of white wine (good enough to drink), and 1/2 cup of chicken broth. This adds moisture to the oven.


This layer of vegetables cooks under the rack on which the chicken rests. (pictured above).


Season the chicken with salt and pepper inside and out.  Then stuff the chicken with all the ingredients,and tie the legs, be sure to tuck the wings under the body.

Using a brush, spread the melted butter on both sides of the bird.  We start the cooking by cooking the bird breast side down.  When it is sufficiently browned (a half hour or so), we turn it over.  The whole process takes about an hour and a half.


When it is ready, you can check by inserting a knife between the leg and thigh. If the juices run clear, it is ready.  We place it on a cutting board, top it with foil and let it rest for 15-to 20minutes.


We cobbled this recipe together from many sources, like Patricia Wells, Ina Garten,  Martha Stewart, Staub, the French dutch oven makers,  Emeril Legasse...but we never figured how to get it crispy all over without the mess of a rotisserie.


We make this recipe every other week.  It yields great leftovers for lunch and dinner.  As a matter of fact, we had a chicken salad with apples and almonds that Ron made for lunch yesterday.  


Bon Appetit!


This is an entry in the July Challenge, hosted by Rocky Dickerson and Debe Maxwell.





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Comments (42)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your recipe.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jul 28, 2021 08:18 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello A and Ron, funny, this is our dinner for tonight.  Been awhile since I did a whole chicken so have to figure out how I am going to do it.


Jul 28, 2021 08:26 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Beautiful photos to illustrate your chicken dish Ron and Alexandra and the finished product looks most delicious. Bon appetit and big appetite indeed!

Jul 28, 2021 08:26 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Great post! Thank you for taing part in this month's challenge. And that is a great point about tucking the wings. Many newer cooks never think about that.

Jul 28, 2021 09:07 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel - Besides the fact that this recipe sounds delicious, I really appreciate your attention to detail on the instructions.... Such as checking between the leg and thigh for the clear liquid.  Great job!

Jul 28, 2021 09:37 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Alexandra - that is a perfect looking golden chicken.  And all of the local organic ingredients make it mouth watering just to read and look at it.

Jul 28, 2021 10:31 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Ron and Alexandra- I love how crispy it looks!!! I use a recipe from Ina Garten with some small tweaks I made but it is never as crispy as yours!!!  I'll try your recipe next!

Jul 28, 2021 05:32 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Yum! My mouth is watering just looking at this recipe. 

Jul 29, 2021 07:11 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Ron and Alexandra, this seems like a great recipe, and not too difficult to make. I think I may try it soon. 

Jul 29, 2021 09:49 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Yum, one of our favorite Sunday dinners. I like the upside down method, we haven't done that for a while, I'll remind Bernie. D

Jul 30, 2021 07:05 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I think I had that idea thanks to Patricia Wells.  She was an American living in Paris, who books were a must for food lovers traveling in Paris.  She knew everything related to food where to buy cooking items, and knew all the Michelin and other humble chefs.  When Ron wanted to do his croissant tests, we used her book and visited some 14 places in 7 days.  Her chicken recipe involved turning...

Jul 30, 2021 07:16 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Steffy Hristova I am not all that fond of complicated recipes.  I have made them, but not for every day.  A

Jul 30, 2021 07:18 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Carla Freund Thank you for your comment, even the cat paces waiting for his little bites of chicken, when I make this. A

Jul 30, 2021 07:20 AM
Carla Freund

I'm sure. I know my dog would be begging if I were cooking that. I have a couple whole chicken recipes I make from time to time. The only thing I don't like is the clean-up. 

Aug 01, 2021 10:26 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kathy Streib Ina does not turn it around.  Ron hates it when the bottom is not crispy, he like skin.  That was one of the problems we had to solve..  My Staub dutch oven made the top all crispy and gorgeous, but the underside looked anemic.  A

Jul 30, 2021 07:22 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® It is those little things that made a recipe, tucking wings make a rack, and piercing the skin is another of those.  Those in my opinion is what makes a recipe work.  A

Jul 30, 2021 07:24 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Grant Schneider the herbs are from our garden.  I have various herbs in pots, always takes better freshly picked.  A

Jul 30, 2021 07:25 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Rocky Dickerson details are what makes a dish in my opinion and makes a better chef.  A

Jul 30, 2021 07:27 AM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist

Looks delish Ron and Alexandra Seigel Love the photo renderings and the only item missing is the California wine😎

Jul 31, 2021 07:41 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

What a tasty looking bird! (I mean the chicken but you too,  lol)  I've cooked turkey breast side down but never a chicken so thanks for the tip.  I too like the drippings onto vegetables below; makes for a great meal.  Thanks for sharing!

Jul 31, 2021 09:39 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I love a good part of chicken plus a good story or two! Keep up the good posts

Aug 01, 2021 09:12 PM