Originally published Jan 25, 2013
'The Chef' is more than a mythical figment of my imagination. While becoming a regular at 'The Chef's Corner' in Naperville, we became good friends. The friendship started on our love for the game of basketball spilling over to ethnic culinary arts. We stay in touch by having him pass on the recipes that I became accustomed to eating while visiting his restaurant.
The last time we spoke about the Chef (bitterac we started a story that needs to be finished. Think of this as a side bar with the continuation of the Drazen story saved for another time.
Chef has been sending me a few recipes that he wants to share on the blog. Most of them remind me of his restaurant with a couple of them coming directly from his catering business. The following recipe is new to me that I had only a few times.
Chef's Citrus marinated roasted chicken
1 small orange
2 medium shallots
3 garlic cloves
1 organic chicken
Slice orange, lemon and grapefruit, shallots, garlic. Mix them all into a bowl with salt, peper and oil. Add mixture to chicken and let it marinade for two hours. Preheat oven to 350. Place the chicken breast down into a roasting pan. Pour all the remaining marinade over the chicken and fruit. Bake for thirty minutes. Turn the chicken facing up and then bake for another forty minutes. Serve with a nice salad.
Honestly, I was not too crazy about doing this one because I don't like cooking chicken but the outcome was a complete surprise. The chicken was probably the juiciest flavorful chicken that I have ever cooked. Next time, I might put more of the fruit inside the chicken and I need to find a way to have more of the oil/salt/pepper stick to the chicken instead of waste away at the bottom. I also did not use the proper roasting pan (noob mistake).
My family loved this chicken and with a little bit more practice it will become one of their more requested recipes.
Vedad Vrselj calls Travnik home despite being forced out during the Bosnian War. His former restaurant in Naperville remains one of the most respected and highly reviewed eateries in the area winning awards for best burger and infuriated competition with better ingredients for less money (His yelp reviews). His cult following continues with catering to the Chicagoland area and stays in touch with his Facebook page.