I have always been a fan of easy one dish meals - unless there are specific requests to satisfy cravings. Bee hoon, pork teppenyaki, "claypot" chicken rice, chicken chop hor fun, chicken stew, hokkien mee, oyaku don and the usual fried rice are just my kind of typical one dish meals that I cook frequently.
I roasted a chicken just the other day, typically to shred it and pair it with spaghetti in tomato based sauce. Instead, I decided to try using the juices left from roasting the chicken and toss it with spaghetti. It turned out to be a very hearty and savoury one dish meal!
Preparation time : 15 minutes Cooking time : 1 hour 30 mins Serves : 4
- 1 whole chicken, halved for easier handling when roasting
- 1 large carrot, sliced
- 2 medium sized onions
- 4 tomatoes, sliced
- 1 packet shitake mushrooms, sliced
- 1 cup fresh milk (this is an important ingredient to ensure the chicken doesn't dry out while roasting and it aids with a flavorful, caramelized sauce)
- 1/2 a bottle of Red wine and garlic marinade (see picture below)
- Mixed dried herbs (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3/4 packet of spaghetti
- set oven temperature to 180 degree celcius.
- Slice all the vegetables and place them in a deep oven pan.
- Then marinade the chicken and leave it for about half and hour to absorb the flavors, before putting it on top of the vegetables. Add milk in the tray. At this point, I also added the mixed herbs for extra fragrance.
- Place the tray in the middle tier of your oven and start roasting it for about 1 hour 15 minutes.
- When it's done, take it out and place the chicken on a separate plate so that you can use the juices from the roasted chicken.
- When the chicken has cooled down, hand shred the chicken meat. (And keep the bones for cooking soup the next time!)
- Cook the spaghetti, as you would and then placed it into the tray and toss it well with the vegetables. If you are not serving it straight away, make sure you heat up the vegetables and it's juices before tossing the spaghetti in.
- Serve it hot and enjoy a simple and very heart-warming dish.