I use to be a Pampered Chef consultant so I know first hand how great a product this is and have made many many Pampered Chef recipes!
Microwave Cooking. Fast and Easy.
Last night I roasted a whole chicken, lightly rubbed with a little bit of olive oil and seasoning in 29 minutes in the microwave. Talk about making dinner a whole lot easier for a mom with a full-time job and 2 crazy boys running around playing ball in the house when they shouldn't be. When I tried this I was skeptical. Could a whole chicken really cook in a microwave in 29 minutes? But the even bigger question was, would it taste good? As it cooked it smelled good, like a roast chicken should smell when it is cooking. Once the timer went off I checked the temperature. I needed it to read 160 degrees - it did. I then set it on the stove and put the cover on it for 10 more minutes to get it to reach 170 degrees. I was getting hopeful! It looked good and it smelled good. After 10 minutes the chicken did in deed read 170 degrees on the thermometer.
For the Chicken
1 whole chicken (3 1/2 - 4 bl)
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves
Lightly spray the Deep Covered Baker with oil (using the Pampered Chef kitchen spritzer if you have one). Remove and discard giblets and neck from chicken cavity. Rinse chicken with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Trim excess fat if necessary. Lift wing tips up toward neck, then tuck under back of the chicken. Brush chicken with oil.
For seasoning mixture, combine ingredients (in Pampered Chef prep bowl if you have one) and mix well. Completely coat entire outside of chicken with the seasoning mixture. Place chicken breast side up in the baker.
Microwave, uncovered on high for 25 - 30 minutes. Check digital thermometer. It should read 165 degrees F in the thickest part of the chicken. Remove from microwave, cover with lid and let rest 10 minutes. Temperature will rise to 170 degrees F.
But how did it taste.
Fantastic. The seasoning was very tasty and so was the chicken itself. Unbelievably moist and was well received by my family. I will definitely be making this again very soon! See for yourself. To get the Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker you can do a number of things. You can go to the Pampered Chef site and buy from a consultant right on line. You could host a party by finding a consultant in your area on the Pampered Chef website and get the item free or for 1/2 price. Lastly, you can always check on ebay. See some for sale below!
Miniature Barbecue Pork Sandwiches
More great recipes for the microwave!
Cooking pork in the microwave is fast when time isn't on your side. Miniature barbecue pork sandwiches are perfect for dinner when you don't have much time. The recipe is also very inexpensive to make so if you are on a budget it's perfect!
1 medium onion
1 pork tenderloin (about 1 lb)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp Smoky Barbecue Rub (from Pampered Chef or use your favorite)
8 small rolls
Smoky Barbecue Sauce
Cut onion into 1/4 inch thick slices using knife (if you are a Pampered Chef lover use your Santoku knife for easy cutting). Onion slices should be arranged on the bottom of the Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker. Make sure you trim fat and silver skin from the pork tenderloin. Brush the pork tenderloin with oil. The Pampered Chef makes a great silicone basting brush. Once you put the pork into the baker evenly rub it with the barbecue rub. Tip: tuck narrow end of the pork under to create a uniform thickness.
Cover baker, microwave on high for 6 to 10 minutes. Your thermometer should read 150 degrees F so after the 6 minute mark check the pork every 2 minutes until it reaches that temperature. Remove from microwave and let stand covered for 10 minutes so that the temperature can reach 160 degrees F.
Cut pork into 1/4 inch thick slices. Arrange sliced pork evenly on all rolls, top with the onions, and finally spread 1 tsp of the barbecue sauce over top half of the roll. Top each sandwich and serve. This recipe makes 8 small sandwiches.
But how did it taste.
So fantastic! My young boys loved it too. Great dinner for week nights where there is so little time and you don't want to waste it all cooking. Try it and enjoy! You can get lots of Pampered Chef products either new or used on Amazon for a good price! Or you can host a party - give your Pampered Chef consultant a call! That is where the real savings comes in!
Keeley Shea (author) from Norwich, CT on May 01, 2013:
Thank you Suzie HQ for your comments! I hope you will give it a try. I didn't think it would taste the same as roasting it in the oven but it did!
Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on May 01, 2013:
What a great idea with the chicken, would not have attempted this in a microwave, I have to say! I love roast chicken with herbs and olive oil so will definitely keep this in mind next time its on the menu! The sambo looks tasty too and ideal for my comfort food fix! Great job here, useful, interesting and shared.
Keeley Shea (author) from Norwich, CT on April 10, 2013:
Thank you for commenting! I love their products too. I am looking forward to reading many of your hubs. You are a great writer!
Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on April 10, 2013:
I bought the Pampered Chef brick years ago and I love it! I've always wanted to get the deep cover baker. I love their products, well worth the money.
Keeley Shea (author) from Norwich, CT on March 06, 2013:
Thank you teaches12345 for your nice comment. So glad that you like Pampered Chef products! You should definitely try the sandwich if you can!
Dianna Mendez on March 05, 2013:
Yum, that sandwich looks devine! I am a great advocate for Pampered Chef and have several bake ware items to prove it. Great hub post and recipe idea.
Keeley Shea (author) from Norwich, CT on February 23, 2013:
Thank you CyberShelley and DIYmommy for your comments. Do try them they are fabulous and easy. :)
Julie on February 22, 2013:
These recipes sound very tasty! I can't wait to give one a try. Thanks for the great hub!
Shelley Watson on February 22, 2013:
Thank you for the interesting recipes. I have never tried a whole chicken in the microwave, but I will try your recipe. Up, interesting and Useful!