Roast Chicken with Potatoes, Apples and Brown Cabbage ~ the combination of flavors in this cozy Scandinavian recipe is unexpected, and transforms simple roast chicken into the ultimate hygge meal!
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If you think of Scandinavian cooking as mild or bland, think again!
I hardly know where to start talking about this dish, everything about it is so special, but I guess the obvious place to start is with the spices, both in the chicken itself and in the cabbage, since that’s what drew me to it in the first place. Scandinavian cooking makes use of spices masterfully, and in combinations that you probably aren’t used to, but please don’t let them scare you away, the flavors blend beautifully.
chicken spices (these are ground from whole, you can use a spice/coffee grinder, or a mortar and pestle)
- black peppercorns
- caraway seeds
- black peppercorns
- ground allspice
I know, brown cabbage doesn’t sound exciting, but the name doesn’t even come close to describing this amazing dish.
Think cabbage lightly braised in a browned butter caramel sauce with black pepper, allspice, and caraway seeds. Whaaaat? The short version: this is cabbage like you’ve never had it before, you must try it. I basically want to have brown cabbage with every meal going forward 🙂
Note: the original recipe calls for braising the cabbage for 2 hours…my California fresh veggie lovin’ antennae went up on that and I only cooked it for about 20 minutes ~ perfect.
Ingredient notes for Roast Chicken with Potatoes, Apples and Brown Cabbage
I used little Pee Wee potatoes because I love them and they cook quickly, but if you can’t find them you can use regular small waxy potatoes cut into bite sized chunks.
Use any apple you like, I used Honeycrisp because it’s my current apple obsession. I think the red skin looks pretty in the dish, so I’d go for a red apple if possible.
You can also customize the chicken parts. I love to use whole legs (the leg and thigh attached) when I can find them, but you can use a whole chicken, cut up, or all thighs, it’s up to you.
Look for a small firm head of cabbage. It makes a lot when you slice it up thinly so no need to hunt out a big one.
Although the cast of characters is unusual, this dinner comes together super easily, there’s nothing complicated about it. You’ll need a wide shallow pan to cook it in, and while you can spend lots of money on great cast iron pans, I love my Amazon Basics braiser, I find myself turning to it over and over again. When you’re roasting meats and poultry it allows you to arrange everything in a single layer to get the best caramelization.
In our house this dinner was an event ~ we all loved it and we plan to repeat it soon. Enjoy!
Roast Chicken with Potatoes, Apples, and Brown Cabbage
- large braising pan or roasting pan
- a spice/coffee grinder, or a mortar and pestle
- 10 cardamom pods
- 2 tsp allspice berries
- 5 cloves
- 2 tsp black peppercorns
- 1 Tbsp sea salt or kosher salt
- 2 lbs chicken parts, I used 2 whole legs (leg and thigh attached) and 2 large thighs, all bone in, skin on
- olive oil (or butter)
- 12 ounces Dutch Pee Wee potatoes, halved (don't peel) .
- 1 apple, cored and cut into wedges (don't peel)
- 2 lb head of green cabbage
- 5 Tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp black peppercorns
- 2 tsp ground allspice
- 2 tsp carraway seeds
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 bunch tyme springs, tied in a bundle
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice, or to taste
- Grind the first 4 spices together in a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle. Mix in the salt.
- Rub the spices all over the chicken parts, and then cover and refrigerate for an hour. You can also leave it overnight if you like.
- Preheat the oven to 400F
- Arrange the chicken, skin side up, in a single layer in a large roasting pan. Brush the chicken lightly with olive oil and roast for 45 minutes, basting several times. If you don't get enough juices to baste, melt some butter on the top of the chicken to get it going.
- Add the potatoes to the pot, making sure to baste with some of the juices. Roast for another 30 minutes, basting occasionally. Add the apples and cook for another 15 minutes, basting occasionally.
- Serve the chicken alongside the cabbage.
- While the chicken cooks, make the cabbage. Cut the cabbage in half, and remove the core. Slice into 1/4 inch slices.
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan and cook until it starts to turn golden brown. Add the sugar and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring to melt the sugar into a light brown caramel sauce.
- Add the cabbage, spices and herbs and mix well. Lower the heat, cover, and let it cook for about 30 minutes, just until the cabbage is tender but still firm, stirring often. Remove the herb bundle and the bay leaves. Season to taste with salt, pepper and lemon juice.
notes and variations
Other Scandinavian inspired dishes on the blog ~
- Scandinavian Almond Bars
- Chopped Steak with Bacon and Mushroom Gravy
- Norwegian Rhubarb and Almond Cake
- Finnish Salmon Soup ~ Lohikeitto
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