My eldest turned 23 today. Nathaniel James, my Nino Bambino! Nathan lives in Tacoma doing part-time DJ work and hosting Trivia at a local bar, he has fanboys people! When I posted Willow’s Vegan Chocolate cake I got the idea that I should post my kids favorite recipes for their birthday. Nathan gave me two choices my Chili or Texas Butt Chicken.
Nathan is an individual, he loves life and has such an incredible spirit. I love his laughter, his smile and everything about him. I am a very lucky mom! He hooked me onto Final Fantasy, Ender’s Game and frogs. (yes Frogs are his favorite thing next to my cooking [wink] . I have had a hard time writing this because every time I finish and re read it.. it sounds like a singles ad, and that is just creepy! Here are some photos of an older Nate and I would be seriously shirking my duties if I did not post babies photos! Seriously though… (pointing up at the picture) I MADE THAT!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! But now… on with the cooking!
We had fun when the kids were younger making this dish. They loved the look of the chicken claiming it was going to run away from the oven! We got our chickens from a farm so I hated to tel them they already had tried to get away. I brought one of the youngest with me once to pick the chickens up and to this day I am pretty sure she is afraid of chickens and farmers. Go figure, they be scared for life because of me in SO Many ways, what is one more phobia!
Texas-Butt chicken is an easy dish especially for the cook who wants to make a kick butt dinner and not have to fuss around in the kitchen, or one that is a young mother trying to keep up with the chaos that is reigning down around her and yet still feels lile they deserve more than cereal! Bachelors kick it up a notch by doing it in the BBQ. The video below gives a nice detailed instruction plus you get to hear a former frat boy turned adult say frat brothers over and over and over!
The result, is the best damn roasted chicken you have ever made without the usual hassle. Brown and crusty all over, juicy and flavorful inside; and some argue, superior to the standard oven roasted bird. My kids certainly do but they still laughed each time I made it.
- No Chicken Breast Left Behind (markbittman.com)
- Paper Bag Chicken (thedailymeal.com)
- March 24, 2012: Backyard Chicken Basics Workshop with Home to Roost (urbanchickenconsultant.wordpress.com)
- Chicken Chili (madelynvittetoe.wordpress.com)
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