Spice Cupboard Chicken: Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Rub chicken pieces with oil. Combine remaining ingredients and rub them
all over the chicken.
Place the chicken on a shallow baking dish and bake 20 minutes.
Turn the chicken and bake 20 minutes more, or until the chicken is cooked
to desired taste.
Pan Sauce: Remove the chicken from the baking pan.
Place the pan over stovetop burners set on medium heat. Add chicken broth
or wine and let it boil as you stir and scrape at the bottom of the pan. Let
the mixture boil down to 1/3 cup or so and spoon over chicken. Add cream if
desired for a richer sauce.
Serve chicken and sauce with smashed potatoes and a green vegetable or salad.
Smashed Potatoes: Wash potatoes and, if they are large,
cut them into 2-inch chunks. Put them in a pot with water to cover and 1 teaspoon
of salt. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer, covered, until tender when
pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes.
Drain potatoes and place in a serving dish.
In the potato-boiling pot, combine butter and minced garlic (or shallots
or green onions) and cook over medium heat until butter is melted and garlic
Add milk (whole milk makes richer potatoes, but any will do) and heat through.
Use a fork to smash the potatoes as you drizzle hot milk/butter mixture
into the potatoes. (Pouring all the milk in at once and then smashing is messy
work and may make gluey potatoes.)