Roasted Bourbon Chicken and Vegetables with Rice and Mushrooms
This is a very easy to prepare Shabbat meal. Most everything is in one pot and you simply roast.
2 (3 lb. each) Kosher Chickens cut into 8 pieces each
8 Carrots, peeled and chopped
2 Onions, quartered
2 Red Bell Peppers, chopped
2 Green Bell Peppers, chopped
8 Potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 ½ lb. Fresh Mushrooms, whole
1 tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6 cloves Garlic, crushed and minced
1 inch fresh Ginger, peeled and minced
A pinch of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes to taste
½ cup Apple Juice
1 ½ cups Dark Brown Sugar
1 cup Ketchup
4 tbs. Apple Cider Vinegar
4 tbs. Bourbon Whiskey (Your choice of brand)
¼ cup Soy Sauce
Salt and freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste
2 cups Whole Grain Rice
½ lb. Mushrooms, chopped
5 cups Kosher Chicken Stock
In a large cover pot add the chicken stock and bring this to a rapid boil. Add the rice and the mushrooms and cover. Bring this to a boil and reduce the temperature to a simmer. Allow the rice to absorb all the stock. Turn off the heat and set aside.
This is really the hardest part of this dish. In a pot add all the ingredients and bring to a boil. Whisk everything together and reduce the heat to a low simmer and allow the thicken.
Preheat the oven to 275 to 300 degrees F. You will want to roast this very slowly.
In a large roasting pan add the chicken, the vegetables and potatoes and mix in about one half of the sauce. Stir to cover all the chicken and vegetables with the sauce. Cover the roasting pan and roast for about 1 hour until the potatoes are tender. Remove the cover and continue to roast for another 45 minutes or until the potatoes and the chicken is caramelize and done.
Serve with a salad, some fish, Challah and some Kosher Israeli Wine. Most importantly tonight is the Sabbath and you are to keep it Holy. Make this and every Friday evening a very special Shabbat.
Light two candles and say a Blessing over the Candles. Say a Blessing over the Kosher Israeli Wine and Challah and especially Bless your children.
Serve over the rice and along side some extra sauce, a fresh salad, a fresh vegetable, some fish, Challah, a good Kosher Israeli Wine and your ready for Shabbat. All of this comes from Hashem but only you can make this night special.