Fully submerge your clay baker in cold water and let it soak for 15 minutes.
Cut the baby red potatoes in half. Peel and roughly chop the Spanish onion and garlic cloves. Remove the bell pepper cores and seeds, then slice the pepper into finger-width sticks. Remove the broccoli stem, and cut the remaining broccoli into little florets. Set the bell peppers and broccoli aside as they will be added later in the cooking process.
Wash the chicken and remove any neck or giblets that may be inside the body cavity. Pat the chicken dry, and brush it with a splash of oil. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and paprika.
Remove the clay baker from the water, and place the roughly chopped garlic, Spanish onion, and white wine in the bottom of the pot. Place the halved baby red potatoes, and thyme sprigs around the outer edges of the pot. You can also place the neck and giblets here if you wish. Place the whole raw chicken on top of the chopped onion mixture. Season the potatoes with salt, and pepper.
Cover the clay pot with the wet lid and place the entire dish in the COLD oven on the middle rack. Set the oven to 425F and then set a timer for 90 minutes.
After 90 minutes, check on the chicken by opening the oven, and gently removing the clay lid with oven gloves. Place it on a dishtowel to prevent damaging the clay or your counter, remember it is very hot!
Mix the reserved bell peppers and broccoli florets in a bowl and toss with a little oil. Carefully place the bell pepper slices and broccoli florets around the chicken. Return the clay baker to the oven without the lid, and roast for 10-15 minutes.
Once the chicken skin has crisped up and the bell pepper and broccoli is lightly broiled, carefully remove the hot clay bake from the oven. Place it on a heat resistant cloth or pot holder, and serve.
-Always soak your clay pot in water for 15 minutes before using to ensure enough moisture is available to steam the contents.-It is important to always place the filled clay baker in a COLD oven to prevent sudden temperature shock and breaking of the clay dish.-After cooking strain the flavor packed broth from the clay pot and thicken it for the best gravy you'll ever eat!
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Clay Pot Chicken With Bell Peppers & Broccoli https://www.earthfoodandfire.com/clay-pot-chicken-recipe/ February 16, 2021