Rosemary Roasted Chicken and Fresh Petit Pois Lardons

Today is French Mother’s Day and they are offering free rosebuds to mothers at a number of the businesses that are open today.  Interestingly, on this Sunday, the jewelry shop is open, as are the chocolate and flower shops.  No fools, they.

In West Africa, when peas are harvested, you will see groups of women on the side of the road shelling peas.  The peas are then placed in plastic baggies and sold to passing cars.  I always loved this season; there is nothing like fresh peas, especially when prepared the traditional French way.

Rosemary Roasted Chicken and Fresh Peas with Bacon

2 chicken legs

Salt and pepper

2 tbsp butter

1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped

1 tbsp butter

10-12 spring onion bulbs, large ones halved

1/2 cup diced bacon

3 young carrots, diced

3-4 cups shelled fresh peas

1/4 head napa cabbage, sliced

1 tsp sugar

Salt and pepper

1/2 cup water

Season the chicken legs with salt and pepper, then set aside.  Melt the 2 tbsp butter in a microwave.  Add the rosemary and allow to cool.  Brush the chicken on both sides with the butter.  Place on a baking pan with a rack, skin side down, and roast in a 425 F oven for 25 minutes.  Turn, baste with more butter and continue to roast for 15 minutes.

Saute the onions in the 1 tbsp butter for about a minute, then add the diced bacon and continue to cook until the bacon is browned.  Add the carrots, peas, cabbage, sugar, salt, pepper and cook stirring for 2 minutes.  Add the water, bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove the cover, stir and continue to cook for another 10 minutes.

Wine suggestion:  Chitry

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21 Responses to Rosemary Roasted Chicken and Fresh Petit Pois Lardons

  1. Everyone is producing wonderfully cooked roast chickens today – ours won’t look this nice. sounds gorgeous, Rosemary – I like your style 😀

  2. Mad Dog says:

    Excellent – I got my first fresh peas of the season, this morning, from Martin the farmer. Sadly I missed the broad beans but he’s going to save me some next week 😉

  3. I love peas – my other half won’t touch them. We have nights where he cooks things he likes and I do the same. Will give this a try on one of those evenings. Nice.

    • I don’t like those sweet sugar peas. I don’t know if they are GM or just grow like that but I prefer the regular, savory variety. Good luck with the hubby 🙂

  4. Good-looking plate of food, that.

  5. Oh wow. Look at how crispy you got the skin on that chicken! I just . . . drooled. On my desk. Thankfully you can’t see that!

    I love your plates and flatware too. Is it a black patina? Very cool.

  6. Carine says:

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award:

  7. There just isn’t much better than a rosemary roasted chicken in my book. Your whole plate looks delish!

  8. You just can’t beat that veggie combo.

  9. Michelle says:

    Ah, peas. I think I love them best of all the veg. I love the image of the women on the side of the road with their bags of peas.

  10. Orang Akaun says:

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