Let me just set the scene for you. I wake up in my air conditioned upstairs bedroom. There’s a window A/C unit up there, so it’s just the bedroom that is cool. As soon as I open the door, I’m hit with a little wave of humidity that could be indicative of the situation in the rest of the house, but it’s not too bad. I think to myself that maybe I should turn on the central air and cool the rest of the house, but then also tell myself that even if I turn it on now, it’s going to take awhile to cool down anyway. I push it out of my mind and head downstairs to take a shower and get ready for my day.
Cut to four hours later. I’ve made and photographed two recipes, one of which involves roasting something in the oven. Turning on the oven created veritable rainforest conditions inside our little house. Everything, including me (and the dog) is hot, wet, sticky and miserable. Time for another shower (a COLD one this time), and to retreat to the window A/C equipped bedroom, where I proceed to work from bed for the rest of the day. I know, #FirstWorldProblems.
If you’re anything like me and you have a house that heats up quickly, but also can’t resist roasting foods in the oven (even during the summer), let me just introduce you to the brand new Sharp R-830 Convection Microwave Oven. It’s a combination of a standard microwave oven and a convection oven, so foods cook quickly (like they would in a microwave), while still coming out crispy and browned, as they would in a traditional oven. And for me, the best part is certainly the fact that I can roast chicken for dinner and not heat up my house one single degree. It’s kind of a miracle, actually.
I love roasted chicken so much that I want to be able to eat it all year ’round, and now I can! I used the R-830’s “Auto Roast” feature to perfectly roast these pieces of chicken in about 42 minutes. After the chicken was finished, I squeezed it with a generous amount of orange juice, and let it stand five minutes. Perfect timing, because in that five minutes, I was able to use the roast feature to quickly cook some fresh apricots! In no time at all, this Orange Roasted Chicken & Apricots was served, and the house wasn’t a rainforest. My work here is done.
UPDATE 10/17/16: Sharp Home has recently stopped production of the R-830 model of their Convection Microwave Oven and has come out with a new model, the R-930CS Sharp Carousel Countertop Convection + Microwave Oven.
Orange Roasted Chicken & Apricots
- 3 pounds bone-in chicken thighs and drumsticks
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Juice of 1 orange
- 6 fresh apricots, pitted and quartered
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Brush chicken pieces with mustard and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Line turntable of Sharp R-830 Convection Microwave Oven with aluminum foil and place rack over foil. Arrange chicken pieces skin side up on rack. Follow directions in AUTO ROAST #3 to cook until chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
- Remove chicken from oven and transfer to serving dish or platter. Drizzle with orange juice; cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
- Carefully remove rack from oven. Place apricots on foil-lined turntable with chicken drippings. Cook 5 minutes on ROAST (top & bottom elements). Transfer apricots to serving dish with chicken and sprinkle with parsley.
Disclosure: This was a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sharp Electronics Corporation. Sponsored posts help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.