Orange-Cardamom Roast Chicken

Until recently, my Food Network magazines have been within reach of my growing boy’s grasp. Once every week or so I’d find about 3-5 magazines sprawled across the floor, a few pages torn.

This mischievous talent of his does yield some delicious results though! I’ll sometimes find myself pouring over one of the editions again before returning it to it’s temporary home.

IMG_3924That’s how I found this recipe from Aarti in the March 2015 edition! I adjusted the recipe amounts to feed 2-3 people and instead of a whole chicken, I used 5 thighs as that’s what I had in my freezer. This juicy chicken was enjoyed by all in my family (the crispy skin was reserved for the adults).

Orange-Cardamom Roast Chicken


  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 5 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 4 Yukon gold potatoes, sliced
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil


  1. In a small bowl, combine butter, cardamom, orange zest, ginger, garlic, and S+P.
  2. Loosen the skin away from the meat of the chicken gently so as not to tear it. Using your fingers or a small spoon, place the butter evenly under the skin of each thigh. Pat chicken dry. Allow chicken to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. (I opted to cover mine with plastic wrap during this time.)
  3. Toss the potato slices in the vegetable oil and season with S+P. Allow potatoes to rest for 25-30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  5. Drain potatoes and place them in an even layer in a cast iron skillet. Place the chicken on top of the potatoes. Cook for 40 minutes, rotating the skillet halfway through, until the skin is crispy and the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  6. Allow chicken to rest for 10 minutes, covered with foil.
  7. Optional: place potatoes back in the oven for up to 5 minutes.

*This recipe is adapted from Aarti Sequeira*

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CIC: Cardamom and Parsnips


Happy Crazy Ingredient Challenge day! I wasn’t sure I was going to make it this month again. Strange things were happening behind the scenes in the Facebook world where the group votes on ingredients and we keep track of the events. If you’d like to join our fun monthly challenge contact Dawn from Spatulas on Parade at spatulasonparade[at]gmail[dot]com!

I was looking through my planner last week and realized I hadn’t written down the winning ingredients for April’s CIC event. Off to the Facebook page I went desperately searching for the answer. I found it. Parsnips and Cardamom.

I’d only ever had parsnips once before – roasted with carrots, potatoes, and a whole chicken – I recalled liking them. Cardamom was a spice I didn’t have in my collection. I’ve always thought I had it and then every single time realized it was coriander in my pantry instead and would always substitute with a combination of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Thanks to a Kroger gift card I got for Christmas, which I only use for fun ingredients which I’d normally find substitutes, I coughed up the $9 for a bottle of cardamom. And that was the sale price!

I wanted to do a play on carrot cake with today’s ingredients. I decided to go with oatmeal. I whipped together a very quick baked oatmeal recipe, added shredded parsnips, dried blueberries, and of course, cardamom. It can be served warm in a bowl with some milk or eaten as a flour-less oatmeal cookie bar!

Parsnip and Blueberry Baked Oatmeal


  • 1 1/2 C quick oats
  • 1/2 C dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 C shredded parsnips (peel the parsnips first)
  • 2 tbsp dried blueberries
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted and cooled


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×9″ cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl combine oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cardamom, cinnamon, parsnips, and blueberries.
  3. In another bowl whisk together egg and milk. Add in the cooled butter.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry and press into the prepared pan. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until set.
  5. Allow oatmeal to cool slightly before cutting into bars. Eat as is or warmed with milk.

*This recipe is adapted from Taste of Home at*

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