This dish is also a perfect example of bringing the right ratio of flavors together in a harmonious way. Not a white-guy-with-dreads-playing-hacky-sack sort of way, but more of like that one Color Me Badd song you secretly love.
Here's the breakdown:
Sweet: supremes of lemon
Spicy: Dijon mustard
Herbal: sprigs of thyme
Savory: braising broth
Slutty: slices of white cheddar
Honestly, this chicken situation came from my needing to use up some lemons about to get moldy on my kitchen counter (I'm more of a lime girl for my cocktails, so I couldn't use them for my booze habit) and some chicken that had arrived at the 'sell-by' date. I also had a bit of thyme that was getting wilt-y and the Dijon was thrown in as sort of a flavor-unifier in the style of Kanye West unifying all of us in favor of sending him to a desert island. Or removing his vocal chords. Or both. Ahem.
My method of roasting chicken is pretty simple; it's just the other ingredients/add-ins that change. The broth and tight covering of foil serve as a way to braise the meat, keeping it from drying out (because dry chicken is fucking disgusting).
Here's the basic technique:
* Line a oven-safe dish just big enough to fit the chicken with aluminum foil.
* Place the chicken in the dish without overlapping the pieces.
* Add about 1/4 cup of chicken broth per piece of chicken.
* Stuff your choice of ingredients under the skin or scatter over the chicken/in the dish.
* Cover tightly with foil.
* Roast at 450 degrees for 30 minutes.
* Uncover/remove foil and turn oven to broil.
* Broil for 10 minutes.
* Remove to plates and pour the liquid from the pan into a ramekin to serve alongside.
Obviously, with this dish, I followed the above process, shoving supremes of lemon, Dijon mustard and sprigs of thyme under the skin. A bit of salt and pepper on the skin and into the oven it went. At the take-the-foil-off-and-broil-for-ten-minutes point, I added the white cheddar on top so the cheese could get bubbly and slutty.
* Kids won't like this dish as the lemon/meat combo is a bit advanced for their palates. Also cowed by the flavor combo: midwesterners, fans of Applebee's and WalMart shoppers.
* Don't even think about using 'orange' cheddar. It's pedestrian in flavor and will make your chicken look spray-tanned.
* To 'supreme' a lemon: slice off the ends, then stand it up on one end. Carefully slice off the outer rind and white pith a section at a time. Turn sideways and slice cross sections.
* Yes, you can of course use other herbs like rosemary.
* I know you're humming that Color Me Badd song to yourself right now. You're welcome.