Herb Roasted Chicken with Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Tonight we’re eating roasted chicken, rubbed with an herb blend and stuffed with fresh citrus, garlic, and rosemary. The chicken is accompanied by sharp cheddar macaroni and cheese with fresh Baton Rouge broccoli.

A: For me, this is the ultimate in comfort food. Nothing says warm and fuzzy like roasted chicken and macaroni and cheese.
T: Man, both of these dishes were excellent. The chicken was so moist and delicious. It was interesting that the olive oil worked well instead of butter.
A: yeah, this was certainly a healthier roasted chicken than we’ve done in the past. We used the pan drippings in a sauce, only I got rid of the majority of the fat before making the sauce. Even the sauce wasn’t that bad for you.
T: The mac and cheese was super. Katie commented that it was the best mac and cheese that she’d ever had, which means something since she is a self-proclaimed connoisseur of mac and cheese.
A: I’ll give up my secret.
T: Are you sure you want to do that?
A: Sure, I’ll give out whatever recipes people want. It’s all about the cheese sauce. For the cheese sauce I make a basic bechamel and then add loads of sharp cheddar and a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, and therein lies the secret. Actually, I think I put some chipotle peppers in the cheese sauce as well, so that could be the secret, too.
T: Are you sure you put chipotle peppers in the sauce?
A: I’m positive. I made the cheese sauce last night, actually, for the roasted vegetables that we ate for dinner, and I remember putting in some chipotles and adobo. Not much, very little chipotles and adobo.
T: I give the meal a 9.375/10. You know, it was some of the best mac and cheese that I’ve had, as well. The chicken was some of the best roasted chicken I’d ever had, it’s only real competition was other chickens that you’ve roasted. You roast well, dahling.
A: why thank you darling, yes yes. I also give this meal a 9.3/10. Rarely do our ratings match so perfectly, but tonight, mmm mmm. Like I said, ultimate comfort food. I dug it all.
T: this was comforting, but the ultimate comfort food is always a soup or some meat and gravy.
A: Maybe that is indicative of the different regions of the country we grew up in. I didn’t eat too much meat and gravy or know meat and gravy as a comfort food until I moved down here and met you.
T: So, what are we eating tomorrow?
A: well, looks like tomorrow we’re going to be eating leftovers, but Monday we’re going to be eating-
T: woah, not so fast. We’ve got to make it a surprise.
A: true dat.
T: Maybe we’ll have a special blog tomorrow. I know we’ll be eating leftovers, but maybe, just maybe we can find something to blog about.

Kwaherini mabibi na mabwana.

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  1. jessica says:

    This looks very yummy! The mac in cheese sounds delicious!!