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! 😀

All About His Favorites…Just Because He is Loved

Papa Eats Birthday
Happy Birthday Papa Eats. In his official “uniform” created by Uba Laba Ilonggowear. Cake by JJC Nutri Treats.

The other half of this blog, Mama Cooks. Papa Eats., is celebrating his birthday. From the title of our blog, you know that we are perfect together–I love to cook and he loves to eat (actually we both love to eat, but that is a different story).

So for his birthday, which we celebrated a couple of days early just so his sister is here with us, I came up with a menu that included some of his most “favoritest” dishes. While we are adventurous eaters and we love to eat anything and everything, there are of course things that top his list. I was thinking of Italian peppered with seafood and so this is my menu:

Osso Buco
Cooked four slices of beef shanks for Osso Buco–oohhh so good… falling off the bones.
steamed crabs
Steamed crabs with lots of orange crab fat.

Osso Buco (sans gremolata as the family may not appreciate it anyway)
Paella (I wanted risotto but they didn’t take the trial very well)
Creamy Pesto Chicken
Buttered Shrimps
Steamed Crabs
Frozen Oreo Cheesecake

beefy lasagna
Beefy lasagna in a 10×10 pan.
buttered shrimps
Hubby loves seafood so shrimps are always a staple in my menu–no matter how the others are changed.

I just ordered carrot cake from JJC Nutri Treats here in Bacolod and it was awesome! So delicious and moist and with buttery frosting. For orders, check out their Facebook page,

frozen Oreo cheesecake
I made the frozen Oreo cheesecake a couple of days earlier.

I posted photos of our dinner on Facebook and many friends said that he’s a lucky guy. But I think that it just goes both ways. My husband is a good man, loyal, loving, and kind, and a doting father to our daughters. If there is anyone who deserves to have all his favorites on his birthday, he does. So I woke up early to go to the wet market and buy the fresh ingredients that I needed for the day. I started preparing early and all turned out wonderfully around 6pm that I had plenty of time to take photos of the end-results. While I did have assistants who peeled and sliced most of the vegetables as well as wash the dishes, I prepared and cooked everything. Hubby is so happy and thankful for his birthday dinner and I am pleased that he is.

Happy Birthday, Babe! My lover, my soulmate, my food critic, my food tasting partner, my greatest supporter, my pillar of strength, and of course, my best friend. You deserve all the best. I love you! 😀

seafood paella
My homemade seafood paella, complete with saffron, has always been a hit with my husband and the rest of the family.
pesto chicken
Though it doesn’t look much, hubby has always requested that I cook this for him.