Cristina Ferrare’s Fall Off The Bone Chicken for #SundaySupper

May 20, 2012 by

I’m very pleased to participate in this weeks #SundaySupper. Our very special guest is Cristina Ferrare and we are preparing  recipes from her latest book titled “Big Bowl of Love”. The list of bloggers and links can be found at the end of my post. I have not yet purchased the book but Cristina’s website had a nice selection to choose from. At first, I couldn’t decide on what recipe to make. I thought about a traditional dinner and chose “Sunday Supper Fall Off The Bone Chicken Thighs”. I had all the ingredients! Perfect! I can’t wait to see everyone’s posts! I think I’ll be making a few more recipes from Big Bowl of Love.

In a Caribbean household, Sunday supper is very important and brings families together to catch up on the past week and have spirited discussions about current events and life in general. Traditionally, Sunday supper is served between 1pm – 4pm (after church) so that you can rest and enjoy each others company for the rest of the evening. A Sunday supper may involve one or two meats – Chicken (for sure) and perhaps beef. Jamaican Rice and Peas is a given on a Sunday, and of course a salad, a side dish and then dessert. Clearly, Sunday is the best day to visit a Jamaican household. I decided to pair Cristine’s Fall Off The Bone Chicken with Jamaican style Rice and Peas and a Tomato Salad. This recipe is filled with fresh herbs and the oven does all the work.


Fall Off The Bone Chicken Thighs, Rice and Peas, Tomatoes.


The original recipe called for 12 pieces of chicken however, I used 8 pieces. I made very small adjustments to accommodate this slight change – specifically with the quantity of broth that I used. I reduced it. Mainly because the dish wasn’t large enough to hold more than the 3/4 Cup of broth that I used. It worked out very well!


Fall Off The Bone Chicken for #SundaySupper
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Cristine Ferrare, slightly adapted by Lyn
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 1 hour 45 mins
Total time: 2 hours 5 mins
Serves: 4
A roasted chicken recipe using fresh herbs, perfect for a Sunday Supper. Recipe slightly adapted from the book Big Bowl Of Love by Cristine Ferrare
  • 8 Chicken Thighs (skin on), washed and patted dry
  • 1/3 Cup Honey Dijon Mustard
  • Juice of one small lemon
  • 1/3 Cup Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Fine Herbs
  • 1 Tsp Fennel Seeds (Anise Seeds)
  • 3 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Sprig Rosemary
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 3/4 Cup Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F (Roast)
  2. In a medium measuring cup, add mustard, lemon juice, soy sauce and olive oil. stir/whisk to combine.
  3. In an oven proof baking dish, pour a little of the mixture and spread with a spoon.
  4. Add all 8 pieces of chicken to the dish, skin side up
  5. Lightly season chicken with salt and pepper
  6. Pour the remaining mixture over the chicken
  7. Over the chicken, sprinkle fine herbs, fennel seeds, kosher salt and pepper.
  8. Place the Thyme and Rosemary over the chicken
  9. Cover with foil and roast for 45 minutes
  10. Uncover and baste with the liquid. Add chicken broth. Roast for another 60 minutes, basting every 15-20 minutes
  11. Watch closely as you do not want the skin to burn. Cover with foil if needed to achieve a nicely browned colour

The original recipe called for 12 pieces of chicken. I used 8 pieces so I reduced the liquid from 3 cups to 3/4 cup.
Cooking with the skin on the chicken increases the oil left in the dish. Remove as much of the oil/fat as possible before serving the gravy


The mixture of mustard (I used Honey Dijon instead of plain), lemon juice, soy sauce and olive oil smelled great! I was so curious at this point because this was the first time that I would be using this combination of ingredients.


Coating the chicken


It was nice to use these fresh herbs. I got the chance to open my bottle of Fine Herbs. It consists of (but not limited to) a mixture of dried Oregano, Marjoram, Parsley, Basil and Chervil.


Chicken covered in herbs, ready for the oven


The chicken was beautifully browned and seriously moist. The skin was certainly holding the meat together. I considered using skinless thighs but I’m glad I didn’t. The pieces would have fallen apart! There was quite a bit of liquid left in the dish. I simply skimmed the oil (as best as possible) from the surface, then strained about 1/2 cup or so for the gravy.


Fall Off The Bone Chicken Thighs. Recipe by Cristina Ferrare  for #SundaySupper


The Sunday Supper spread! Chicken, Rice & Peas, Tomatoes!



I found another way to add Tomatoes into my meal. Keep it as colourful and interesting as possible. Hence, the Yellow Tomatoes.


Red and Yellow Tomatoes


I enjoyed the process of making this recipe. I see why Cristina gave this dish the title of Fall Off The Bone Chicken Thighs.


Fall Off The Bone Chicken Thighs with Jamaican Rice and Peas, Tomato Salad on the side for Sunday Supper. Chicken recipe by Cristina Ferrare from the book “Big Bowl of Love”


Here are the bloggers along with their selection of recipes from Big Bowl of Love by Cristina Ferarre. Please visit them and show some love! We are so proud to be sharing such awesome recipes!  Please join us on Twitter every Sunday from 3pm EST where we will share tips and inspiration as well as meet some great new people. Follow along using the hashtag #SundaySupper using (or similar for Twitter chats).


Our recipes will be perfectly paired with wine chosen by Wine Every Day.



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  1. Very nice and simple chicken recipe!

  2. Liz

    Oh, yeah…the name of these would draw me in immediately…so tender and flavorful! My family would love this, Lyn!!!

  3. I was going back and forth between this recipe and the one I chose. Looks delicious can’t wait to give it a try.

    • I know what you mean, Lane. Plenty of choices. I chose this because I had all the ingredients. But I plan to make some of the other recipes :-)

  4. Lyn, wow! This chicken looks amazing and so flavorful. I think I’m comin’ to your house for dinner. Have a wonderful #SundaySupper.

  5. WOW, Lyn!!! This looks amazing! I love chicken and this is such a different recipe! Can’t wait to try it!

  6. Oh what a perfect meal this would be! I love the thyme and rosemary infused marinade. Sounds absolutely delicious. :)

  7. Just the sound of fall off the bone chicken makes me want to cook this. Tender, moist chicken is so good.

  8. I can only imagine what this smelled like when you made it. LOVE the way you paired it w/ the Jamaican rice and tomato salad – SO pretty!

    • Sofie, the aroma was lovely. It was the first time I was using this combination of ingredients so I was really curious as to how it would come out. I wasn’t disappointed!!! My son ate everything in this plate – no fuss! Glad you like the pairing. It was quite random, but worked out great!

  9. Hi Lyn, your photos came out so fantastic! That chicken looks delicious : ) I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award : )Find out more here or

    • Thank you so much Jenn for this wonderful award! I’ll be checking your page in the morning!!! I’m honoured!!!

  10. That chicken looks absolutely mouth-watering! And I love that you paired it with peas and rice. Great pick and gorgeous photos!

    • Thank you for your kind words!!! I appreciate you and your comments! Thank you for visiting The Lovely Pantry, Katherine! Hope to see you again soon :-)

  11. I can’t wait to try this recipe… this is one that my boys will love! So glad you chose it!

    • Thanks, Isabel! I’m glad I chose this too :-) Thank you for all that you do and for #SundaySupper!

  12. I can see why it is fall of the bone 😉
    Looks so tender and perfectly seasoned – well done my friend!

    Choc Chip Uru

  13. Gorgeous photos as always! And oh my…fall off the bone chicken sounds like something I’ll surely love!

  14. I have some chicken thighs at home that are begging me to make them into this dish! Looks so good!

  15. what a beautiful meal Lyn! that chicken looks so mouthwateringly delicious!

  16. What an amazing Sunday Supper. The chicken looks so juicy and succulent! So you’ll invite me over next Sunday, right? :)

    • HA! You’re more than welcome to come!!! Thanks Chung-Ah! I’m glad I chose this recipe – everyone seems to love it!

  17. What a wonderful chicken dish! Love the seasonings!

  18. That looks so good! I love the colorful tomatoes you added to the plate.
    Great #SundaySupper post!

    • Thank you, Conni! The last minute addition of the yellow tomatoes really helped the colour to pop!

  19. Mallorie

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious!!! We had cooked carrots and homemade mashed potatoes, the gravy was prefect for the potatoes! Highly recommend this, if I can make it prefect then it is fail proof!!!

    • That is so awesome, Mallorie! I’m glad you enjoyed it and I’m very happy that you took the time to let me know. 😀


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