What’s going on in my kitchen right now: A mess and I’m ignoring it. I hate doing dishes.
Sometimes I think I have early onset Alzheimer’s. I plan to cook a roast or fry some chicken then totally forget it’s still in my freezer. One day I said the heck with it and threw a frozen chuck roast straight into the oven. I sprayed it all around with cooking spray so the seasonings would stick, put it in my big roasting pan with a crap-load of carrots and added water, covered it with foil and let it cook for about 6 hrs. OMGosh…it was the best roast I’d ever made. So tender and juicy, and the carrots were so good I wanted to marry them. I could’ve spent my entire life with those carrots as my only companion. Now I always cook roasts from frozen.
The same thing happened with the chicken I planned to fry for supper one night a few months ago. My mind is usually so focused on writing that what’s for supper is the furthest thing from my mind. That day, I pulled the bag of frozen split chicken breasts from the freezer and dropped them on the kitchen counter. I thought, what the heck am I going to do with these? I considered thawing them in the microwave, but that would’ve partially cooked them around the outside and turned the meat rubbery while the centers would still be as hard as cinder blocks.
I had a brilliant idea! Treat the breasts like the roasts. It took some muscle to break them all apart from the single frozen block they’d turned into in the freezer, but I didn’t care. I was desperate to have something to serve my fam for supper and I didn’t have anything else in the house. I couldn’t believe how awesome they tasted and the meat literally fell off the bone. Now that’s the only way I roast my chicken these days and it’s so much healthier than pan frying.
Cut-up frozen chicken pieces
Salt, pepper, onion powder (or any seasonings you like best)
Liberally coat all pieces, place in roasting pan, cover with foil, and bake at 350 for 3-4 hours. Remove the foil and any excess liquid, then continue cooking for another 30 minutes or so until the skin is nicely browned and crispy.
It takes minimal work to make and the guys love it!