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Cinnamon Roasted Chicken with Pasilla Pan Sauce
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(about 3 pounds)
cracked black pepper
, cut in quarters
, quartered lengthwise
white onion, chopped
ounces wild mushrooms, stemmed and chopped
pasilla chiles, stemmed and seeded
cup pumpkin seeds
cups chicken stock
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Split chicken down back, open up, place bone side down and press firmly to flatten.
Make two slits in skin near tail and tuck ends of legs through holes.
Combine cinnamon, chili powder, salt and pepper.
Brush chicken with 1 Tbsp olive oil and rub chicken with spice mixture.
In an oven-proof skillet large enough to hold the chicken, evenly spread tortilla pieces, tomatoes, onion, garlic, mushrooms, pasilla chiles and pumpkin seeds.
Drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil over vegetables.
Place chicken on top of vegetables and roast until chicken is done.
Remove chicken from pan and brush with some of the pan juices.
Add chicken stock to pan and stir up ingredients and browned bits from bottom of pan.
Transfer to blender and puree until smooth.
Return to pan, bring to boil, add brown sugar and reduce heat to low and simmer for 15- 30 minutes to thicken.
Cut chicken into pieces, add back to sauce to warm.
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