Recipe: Aromatic Baked Herbed Chicken

Aromatic Baked Herbed Chicken Recipe

Make this yummy chicken recipe using McCormick Ma Po To Fu Seasoning. This aromatic baked herbed chicken recipe

McCormick Ma Po To Fu on chicken
My Aromatic Baked Herbed Chicken using McCormick Ma Po To Fu seasoning.

Special Weekend

Family meals on Sundays are special in our home because the family gets together. It is when we usually have special dishes cooked, the ones that we don’t have on regular days.

One Sunday, I was in the mood to cook and instead of the usual roast chicken that our cook prepares, I decided to shake things up a bit. My husband is getting tired of the same old chicken that has crisp skin but dry meat. So this particular Sunday, I went on to experiment with our chicken and what came out was a lovely aromatic chicken that’s juicy, tender, and flavorful–even on the inside. It didn’t take much preparation because I applied the McCormick Ma Po To Fu seasoning. From its Chinese name, you will know that this seasoning is for pork, but instead I used it on chicken and the result is chicken so good.

McCormick Ma Po To Fu Seasoning
McCormick Ma Po To Fu Seasoning–available in major supermarkets.

Here’s how I did it.

Aromatic Baked Herbed Chicken Recipe

1 whole dressed chicken (about 1.5 kg)
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
Crushed black pepper
Dried basil
Dried rosemary
2 eggplants, sliced
6-8 medium tomatoes
3 Tbsps. cooking oil
1 pack McCormick Ma Po To Fu seasoning

baked chicken recipe
How the chicken looked just before I popped it in the oven.

1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
2. Pat dry the chicken.
3. Mix the garlic, onion, black pepper, basil, rosemary, eggplants, tomatoes, and the McCormick Ma Po To Fu seasoning. Make sure that the vegetables are covered with the seasoning.
4. Rub the chicken with the herbed oil, including the hollowed insides.
5. Stuff some eggplant slices and whole tomatoes inside the chicken.
6. Place the chicken in a round pan. Arrange the rest of the vegetables around the chicken.
7. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes.
8. Baste the top of the chicken with the oils around it.
9. Increase the temperature to 200°C and cook for another 10-15 minutes, or until the top of the chicken is already brown.

The result is a wonderfully aromatic chicken that is so easy to slice and so tasty, with a mildly spicy taste. The liquid it produced may be used to flavor your steamed white rice and the vegetables are also very flavorful to eat.

Enjoy! 😀

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