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Selma’s Extraordinary Marinated And Roasted Chicken, Potatoes And Chickpeas

This is a very special Fiesta Friday, we have lost a dear friend, Selma from Selma’s table succumbed to cancer on July 4th. I never had the pleasure of meeting her personally and only knew her through her blog, we exchanged a few emails she was encouraging me about my sour dough starter. Her starter made it’s way around the blogging community, she was generous with her time and advise and talent.

Her recipes were rustic and full of flavor. She was a great recipe writer, developer, photographer and of course an amazing cook, you can tell she cooked with love.  As many of you know I am very active as a contributor at Food52, when I saw that her amazing chicken dish was a finalist in the contest for “The best one pot meal” I literally jumped for joy. I saved the recipe meaning to try it,  but life got in the way and I forgot about it. It was a well deserved win for Selma, this dish is incredible. I mean INCREDIBLE, I kid you not it is so loaded with flavor when you take your first bite all you can do is close your eyes and thank her. If you are not vegetarian make this dish NOW, it’s that good. If you are vegetarian visit Elaine’s amazing blog Foodbod and make the dish that inspired Selma’s contest winning recipe

If you have never visited Selma’s Table please do, make one of her fantastic recipes and you will see what I mean when I say what a wonderfully talented cook she was. When the editors at Food52 found out about Selma’s passing they decided to post a tribute to her highlighting several of her recipes, look for it today on Food52 (here it is).  This week along with Angie@The Novice Gardener/Fiesta Friday we are joined by Elaine@foodbod, Jhuls@The Not So Creative Cook, and Sue@birgerbird to remember Selma and honor her life as we cooks do best by preparing Selma’s recipes. If you would like to participate in this special tribute to Selma simply click on the link above, you don’t have to cook if you have a poem or anything that you feel celebrates Selma’s life it would be great.

Selma, you were/are loved by so many and your presence will be sorely missed.

Selma's Chicken

Selma’s Extraordinary Marinated Chicken,potatoes and chickpeas

Extraordinary Marinated and Roasted Chicken, Potatoes, and Chickpeas

By Selma | Selma’s Table

Food52 Editors’ Comments: WHO: Divasparkle is an adventurous cook who hails from across the pond, in London. WHAT: A comforting one-dish meal with a sauce built in. HOW: If you’ve read the title of this recipe, you know the method — just marinate, roast, and eat. WHY WE LOVE IT: This is the ultimate dinner-party dish; it will taste like you’ve been working on it all day, but you’ll know the truth: You spent 10 minutes mixing the marinade and turning on the oven, and had the rest of the day to yourself. Tell them, or don’t; it’s up to you.

After its stint in the oven, the marinade cooks down to this incredible, sticky savoriness around the potatoes and chicken. And when combined with the crispy bits of chickpeas, tender chicken, and marinade-sodden potatoes, it’s heaven on a plate. This is adapted from Elaine Boddy’s “Lebanese Inspired Potatoes and Chickpeas” from her lovely blog “foodbod.”

Serves 4 to 6

  • 400 grams chickpeas (about one 15-ounce can)
  • 800 grams (1 3/4 pounds) potatoes
  • 1 medium head of garlic, cloves separated
  • 8 bone in, skin on, chicken thighs
  • For the marinade:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 to 3 lemons
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon harissa paste (or to your taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chile flakes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • To finish/serve:
  • 2 teaspoons dry-roasted whole cumin seeds
  • 80 grams chopped coriander leaves and stalks (or one small handful)
  • 300 milliliters Greek yogurt or tzatziki (or enough for each serving to have a generous dollop)
  1. The day before, rinse and drain the chickpeas. Peel the potatoes and cut them into 3 inch chunks.
  2. Give the lemons 30 seconds or so in the microwave to help release more juice, or roll on a flat surface while applying a little pressure. Slice in half and squeeze out as much juice as you can. Mix the marinade ingredients together in a medium bowl. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  3. Place the chicken, chickpeas, potatoes, and garlic in a large freezer bag and pour in the marinade. Squeeze out the air and seal the bag. Flop it around a bit to make sure that the marinade gets everywhere. Place on a plate or in a bowl and pop in the fridge to marinate for a day. Turn the bag over whenever you open the fridge over the next 24 hours. (Alternatively, you can just mix the chicken, marinade, and other ingredients in a bowl, and place that bowl, covered, in the fridge, mixing occasionally as it marinates.)
  4. An hour or so before you are ready to eat, heat the oven to 200º C (375º F). Remove the bag from the fridge and tumble the contents into a roasting dish large enough for everything to be spread out. Season with salt and pepper. Cover the dish tightly with foil and cook for 1 hour. Remove the foil and cook for another 15 minutes or so, until the chicken skin and potatoes are crispy and cooked through, and the chickpeas get a little crunchy. Watch carefully to make sure the marinade does not go from gooey and delicious to a burnt crisp. Remove from the oven and scatter over the roasted cumin seeds and chopped coriander leaves.
  5. Serve with a dollop of Greek yoghurt or tzatziki on the side, and prepare to be worshipped.
so delicious

so delicious

78 Comments Post a comment
  1. Yummy!!! Cannot wait to try this… Love & blessings to beautiful Selma x

    July 17, 2015
  2. This looks like such a comforting dish! Selma really was encouraging of all of us. Thanks for sharing this with us Suzanne 🙂

    July 17, 2015
  3. Sue #

    Nice job, and wasn’t it truly scrumptious?

    July 17, 2015
    • OMG, it was amazing. I used a whole chicken cut up and micro potatoes, left out the pepper flakes because I am a wimp and even with those minor changes it was one of the best chicken dishes I think I have had.

      July 17, 2015
      • Sue #

        I know my husband died over it!!!

        July 17, 2015
      • It really so so good. Love it!

        July 17, 2015
  4. This is such an incredible dish, Suzanne. I was just going to ask Selma about joining Food52, but as you said, life got in the way. Now that she’s not here to tell me about it, maybe you don’t mind telling me about Food52? Thanks for joining her tribute. x

    July 17, 2015
    • Thank you Jhuls, you definitely should join the Food52 community, great recipes, nice people and I promise it’s totally painless. You do not get bombarded with useless stuff. Its a great site. Have been a member since 2011. You will love it.

      July 17, 2015
      • I think I have signed up. Just didn’t have the time to go thru everything. I will see again. Is it okay to ask you if I have any questions?

        July 17, 2015
      • Of course anytime at all!

        July 17, 2015
  5. What a lovely post, Suzanne, thank you for your lovely words and for sharing this with everyone at this special FF. I hope you thoroughly enjoyed the dish xx

    July 17, 2015
  6. Suzanne, this is a lovely tribute. And I’m all about one-dish meals! You made a great choice. Mega hugs. 🙂 ⭐

    July 17, 2015
  7. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend Selma. Her legacy lives on in her food and you are supporting that legacy. Thank you for sharing.

    July 17, 2015
    • Thanks Michelle. Yes she left an enduring legacy with her wonderful recipes.

      July 17, 2015
  8. Wonderful Suzanne-Simplicity and flavorful two of my fav combo’s! Kind of you to share one of her winning recipes from Food52 with us. Thank you and have a great weekend. Your Florida Bud-Cheryl.

    July 17, 2015
    • Thanks so much Cheryl, the recipe is so good. Really a flavor explosion.

      July 17, 2015
      • Sounds scrumptious my friend, nice job! Have a good weekend. Hugs to Nando.

        July 17, 2015
      • Suzanne, my dear friend I havereinstated on Tasty Kitchen.com Selma’s tribute as well as recipes. For those of you who are not aware Tasty Kitchen.com is a Public-Community Recipe Sharing Site and our Dear Selma was a member since December 2013. Her recipes can be viewed by simply joining free – you do not have to submit your own recipes to this site to be a member!

        July 18, 2015
      • Re-instated

        July 18, 2015
      • That is wonderful thank you!

        July 18, 2015
      • You betcha!

        July 18, 2015
  9. This is a must try recipe from Selma. Your rave reviews as well as Food 52 confirm it. Cooking from her recipes is a wonderful way of remembering our dear Selma and your post is a beautiful tribute to her. It also speaks volume of your own warm heart, Suzanne. XOXO

    July 17, 2015
  10. What a beautiful tribute to a fellow blogger. There is no better way than to share her recipes. Thank you Suzanne .

    July 17, 2015
    • Selma was loved by all, it’s a wonderful way to celebrate her life and legacy.

      July 17, 2015
  11. This is such a beautiful tribute to Selma! I bet this is one of her most popular dishes and a complete meal!!
    She lives among us through her work!!❤️

    July 17, 2015
    • It is a complete meal, I made some green beans and a salad just because I wanted some green but it really is so delicious. Elaine’s vegetarian dish is wonderful too, thanks Sonal!

      July 17, 2015
  12. Great tribute to Selma. …wonderful dish and lovely post Suzanne. ..

    July 17, 2015
  13. What a recipe and what a lady. This is a beautiful tribute to her. Very bittersweet and beautiful post.

    July 17, 2015
  14. Thanks for posting this winning recipe of Selma’s – I can see why! I am mainly getting mail from their Food 52’s store – I love unusual kitchen gadgets! Will have to join something besides Fiesta Friday, however, that has kept me very happy and busy.

    July 17, 2015
    • I love shopping their store, they have some great items and it’s packaged so nicely too. Yes, this is a very popular dish and with good reason, it’s incredibly delicious. Thank you so much.

      July 17, 2015
  15. What a lovely post, Suzanne! Such a beautiful tribute to her! There is no better way than to share her recipes! You’re amazing!

    July 17, 2015
    • I totally agree, she has left us all with great recipes that we can make over and over. Selma’s legacy lives on. Thank you so much Marcela.

      July 17, 2015
  16. What a wonderful tribute you have written for your blogger friend. The dish sounds amazing and I can not wait to try it!

    July 17, 2015
    • Thank you she was s very special lady and it’s wonderful that the blogging community is rallying to pay tribute to her.

      July 18, 2015
  17. Lovely Suzanne. I will try this recipe for sure. Just today I visited Selma’s blog (again & again) reading through her posts and remembering what an amazing person she truly was. Thank you for posting this. I look forward to putting it together, all the while thinking of Selma…

    July 18, 2015
    • I did that the other day also and it’s so wonderful reading her posts and all the comments. This recipe is amazing, so tasty I love it.

      July 18, 2015
  18. This is such a beautiful tribute to your friend, and the dish looks and sound delicious! Heading over to her blog.

    July 18, 2015
    • It is a delicious recipe, highly recommend you give it a try. Thanks so much Jasline.

      July 18, 2015
  19. JUST LOVELY Suzanne, I’m enjoying going through all the Selma posts, such warm, fuzzy feelings come through, she was so loved and admired by all. You’ve brought a beautiful recipe of hers, I know how much she loved cooking chicken, and this is one dish I’d like to try too. We’ve all lost such a close friend and blogger, she will sorely be missed. Thanks for writing so many wonderful things about her, it makes me smile and nod in agreement.

    July 18, 2015
    • I also have been going through her posts. She was such a warm person with such talent. Thank you so much Loretta.

      July 18, 2015
  20. Such a beautiful tribute to Selma´s work Suzanne. I remember how her recipe struck me by the use she made of Greek yoghurt spread on it, so suitable for this spicy recipe, exactly the way I do at home.

    July 18, 2015
    • Yes I agree the yogurt is such a nice cool and creamy addition to the spicy dish, its just wonderful. Thank you so much Viviana!

      July 18, 2015
  21. Selma was a magical lady, wasn’t she. Thank you for the beautiful tribute. You are such a thoughtful person Suzanne. ❤

    July 19, 2015
  22. So sorry about your friend Suzanne, what a wonderful tribute to her. I will make this delicious looking dish.

    July 19, 2015
  23. Suzanne this dish looks amazing and I am going to have to make it! What a lovely tribute to Selma. She meant so much to so many, it’s truly remarkable, and she will be missed. I really like food52 but haven’t gotten into the community. I am overwhelmed with the amazing recipes they feature.

    July 19, 2015
  24. What a lovely post Suzanne. Firstly I will def try that dish for sure it will most likely become another family favourite. Clever Selma!

    Secondly I am hanging out for Nando really hoping that he gets better it sounds like you are both having s dreadfully hard time. Sending my thoughts and good vibes for his health xx

    July 19, 2015
  25. Suzanne, this is such a lovely tribute to Selma. I was so saddened to hear the news this week that she had passed away. Her recipes and writing will be a lasting legacy and will I’m sure be treasured by so many.

    July 19, 2015
  26. 😥 Rest in peace dear Selma. She will live on as long as her recipes keep being served with love. This one looks like a favorite in our community.

    July 19, 2015
  27. Ahhhhhh I clicked through to her blog and it is so sad to know that a beautiful soul has left this earth. Thanks so much for sharing her site and recipe Suzanne. xo So kind of you!

    Lynne xoxo
    Design The Life You Want To Live

    July 20, 2015
  28. I’m so sorry for your loss. Her chicken dish truly looks amazing. This is such a lovely way to honor your friend.

    July 20, 2015
  29. Ah, that’s sad. Your post is a lovely tribute to your friend. 😉

    July 20, 2015
  30. petra08 #

    This recipe,like so many of Selma’s dishes are just full of flavour and yes it sounds incredible! This is a lovely blog, it feels so sad that she isn’t with us and I am so glad we are all coming together! x

    July 20, 2015
  31. Even though I didn’t know Selma – I’m so sorry to hear this news and love your beautiful tribute here. I’m putting this dish on my chalkboard menu in honour of Selma.

    July 21, 2015
  32. Beautiful remembrance and a heartfelt tribute to Selma. 🙂

    July 21, 2015
  33. Reblogged this on SurreyKitchen and commented:
    I wanted to share this post from http://www.apuginthekitchen.com in memory of Selma. I didn’t know Selma personally but I enjoyed chatting to her through our blogs. She will be greatly missed by the food blogging community. Emma.

    July 25, 2015
  34. Hi Suzanne. I hope you don’t mind the reblog. I knew Selma online a little bit but not well so I thought it was more appropriate to reblog your post rather than write one myself. Best wishes. Emma xx

    July 25, 2015
    • I think it’s wonderful Emma, thank you. I also knew Selma online, wish I had met her in person.

      July 25, 2015
      • I’m glad you liked my idea Suzanne. If you want to guest blog for surreyKitchen in the future just get in touch. I’m happy for you to guest blog about anything you think our readers would find interesting. Best wishes. Emma xx

        July 26, 2015
      • I would love to guest blog for you

        July 26, 2015
      • Just get in contact when you are ready. Theres no rush . I’m sure you have some great ideas for guest blogging.
        Have a great week. Emma xx

        July 27, 2015
  35. Reblogged this on lepapillondeslivrescerclerenevigo and commented:
    Le poulet du dimanche !
    Merci aussi Emma

    July 25, 2015
  36. Yumicilious & outstanding, thanks for reshare & God bless you dear Suzanne.

    July 26, 2015
  37. This is one of Selma’s recipes that I’ve tried and is a huge hit with our family! I also change things up sometimes and use sweet potatoes, green beans and slightly different seasoning. Such a great recipe from an inspiring cook.

    July 27, 2015
  38. This was such a sweet post, Suzanne! It is amazing to read how one person affected so many, and a lot of them she had never even met. The recipe truly does sound wonderful. It sounds so flavorful. I noticed it has harissa paste in it. I keep seeing that ingredient and want to try it. I have never eaten or cooked with it.

    July 28, 2015
  39. What a lovely remembrance Suzanne– the sweet way to honor her by sharing one of her beautiful dishes. I sounds so savory and delicious. Beautiful post.

    July 29, 2015
  40. Lovely tribute to Selma, Suzanne. You did a great job. ❤

    August 1, 2015

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