Comforting and simple to prepare, chicken is the star of many of our family meals. By taking the extra step of removing the meat off the bones and presenting the whole dish family-style, this meal in a pan just oozes comfort. Add a glass of wine, some fresh bread and good conversation and it’s a picture perfect family meal.
Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables
- 1 roasting chicken, about 3 or 4 pounds (be sure to look for the Raised by a Canadian Farmer logo in stores and sometime even on the product itself to ensure you are buying a chicken that’s grain-fed, free of added hormones and steroids, and raised right here in Canada according to nationally-set, high food safety and animal care standards).
- 2 tsp olive oil or butter (I’ve been using garlic butter for this, since I almost always have it in the fridge)
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 2 carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 2 large onions, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 1 whole head garlic cloves, peeled halved
- 3 or 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 1 tsp or so of ground poultry seasoning
- 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped (or 2 tbsp dried parsley)
- 2 or 3 green onions, chopped
- A dash of salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper
Prep your veggies and layer then in a medium-sized roasting pan. Sprinkle with some of the herbs, spices and salt and pepper (reserve the parsley and green onion until after the chicken is cooked). Pat dry your chicken with a paper towel and place on top of the bed of veggies, rub with butter or oil and season with the remainder of the herbs, spices, salt and pepper. Roast in a preheated 350 oven for about 1 hour and a half, or until the thickest part of the thigh registers 170°F (71-77°C) with a meat thermometer.
When the chicken is cooked, remove from oven and with kitchen tongs or forks, remove the chicken from the bones while still hot – be careful! (Set those aside to make some broth, there are great recipes on chicken.ca). Toss the chicken and veggies and top with chopped parsley and green onions.
To make your weekly shopping even easier, you need to download the Shopping with Chicken App (Apple & Android versions available). This app helps you build and share your grocery lists with family members. It also contains the same great recipes that you can find on Chicken.ca, including nutritional information, tips and tricks.
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Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.