Monday, December 7, 2009

Oven Roasted Chicken with Hearty Root Vegetables

5 Good Reasons to try this recipe:

-You'll use seasonal ingredients
-It sticks to your ribs
-You can feed lots of people on a low budget
-It heats the kitchen on cold days
-Cooking and prep require very little effort

The next time you feel the urge to feed people, this is the dish to use. If your kitchen is under siege by your CSA's constant stream of root veggies, it's also a good solution. In fact, it currently occupies the slot of my favorite winter dish. I often serve it with/over creamy polenta, but it's just fine on its own served like a hearty stew.

Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables

1 pound package boneless chicken thighs
1 Tbsp olive oil
seasoning salt
black pepper

3-4 medium red/white potatoes, cut into large pieces
3 carrots, large pieces
1 cup parsnips, yellow carrots, or other root veggies, large pieces
1 large onion, chunked
10 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried sage
1 tsp dried tarragon
black pepper
1 tsp Kosher salt
1 and 1/2 cups chicken broth (I used Better Than Bouillon)
2 small twigs of rosemary

-Pre-heat oven to 400. Put all the veggies in a ziploc or tupperware and toss with olive oil and spices (through salt). Add to a roasting pan or casserole dish. Cover with chicken broth-you can always add a little more if you like lots of extra juice, but this should make plenty.

-Then use the tupperware to toss the chicken with olive oil and spices. Place on top of the veggies. Put one piece of rosemary on each side of the dish on top of the veggies. Cover with foil or a lid. Bake for 30 minutes. Baste the chicken with the juices. Bake for 30 more minutes.

-Technically it should be ready at this point, but I leave mine in another 15 minutes, basting it one more time, and lowering the temp to 350. If you're thinking about skipping the rosemary, it really makes a huge difference. Don't leave it out if you can scrounge some up.
Serve immediately.

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