Some days I feel like the Chicken in Chicken little screaming away that the sky is falling! On such days when nothing goes your way and the stars seem out of alignment, there is not much you can do except go with the flow and hope that the day reaches a close with some rapidity.
It is on such days that I always make Devil's Chicken - yes there is some irony to that and I realized that just as I was writing this. This recipe has been on my monthly roast chicken rotation for nearly 5 years now and I stumbled upon it quite by accident.
We were on our annual, 'week on the beach' vacation in Emerald Isle, North Carolina and it had been raining all week. Can you imagine, being rained in for the whole week, the one week you, Mr. Hubby, the kids and Sydney, our faithful Golden Retriever head for the beach?
I refer you back to line 1, para 1 of this post. 'Nuf said.
Anyway, it was our last night there and we so needed a pick me up. So I am in the kitchen wondering what to fix for dinner and I come across some recipes stuffed in one of the drawers. The owner of the beach house obviously was a foodie herself because I loved her kitchen - it was always immaculate and beautifully stocked.
So anyway, I came across this hand scrawled recipe for Pollo Alla Diavolo, (no measurements mind you) and it had only needed a few ingredients to fix. Most of which I had and I was sure I could convince Mr. Hubby to prance in the rain to the car and do to grocery run for me. Which he thankfully did and let me tell you - when we took the first bite into this chicken, there was complete silence on the table. No one said a word, not even the kids, we just kept going till the only thing left was the carcass of the bird.It was so good! And it was just we needed.
It must be the essence of Jalapeno chile (which is very different to the heat of the chile by the way) that works so well with the flavors of the chicken that rendered us absolutely speechless. Since then its been my rock of Gibraltar in the kitchen on 'such' days.
Over the years I have come across many recipes for Pollo Alla Diavolo - some with red pepper, some with hot sauce and some even where you beat the chicken with a brick!
It was recently, when I received one of Mario Batali's books as a gift that I noticed the similarity between the recipe I make, to the recipe in his book. However this version is all mine - I follow my own measurements & cooking method.
May be one day I will try and make it Batali's way but then again, if it ain't broke why fix it?
So here goes ~