Monday, January 23, 2012

Lemon, garlic and herb roasted Chicken

Roasted chicken is a great meal that goes a long way for a small budget. I like using the left overs to make a pot pie or tacos. I am planning on making chicken salad for sandwiches as well as a chicken pot pie!

This particular recipe uses lemon, which I think is perfect for poultry and fish. I like using lemon as a flavor enhancer in place of a sauce. Paired with sea salt, cracked pepper and a few favorite herbs, it's just perfect!

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Ingredients:
1 whole roaster chicken
2 lemons
5/6 cloves of garlic
1 onion
1/2 cup of olive oil (or enough to coat chicken)
1 tbs sea salt
1 tbs cracked pepper
1 tbs thyme
6 washed red potatoes
1 zucchini/or squash (or both!)

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Cut the onion and garlic and slice the lemon into wedges. Also, slice your red potatoes and zucchini and set aside. You don't have to cut the onion into small pieces or mince the garlic, just a few large pieces will do but small enough to fit inside the chicken. In a roaster pan, place one sliced lemon, half of the onion and half of the garlic into the bottom of the pan. You will then place your chicken on top of the onion, garlic and lemon. Don't forget to remove the giblets and the other nasty parts! :) Place the rest of the onion, garlic and lemon into a bowl, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil.

Coat both sides of the chicken in olive oil, salt, pepper and herbs of your choice I used thyme but often use our fresh homegrown basil! After you coat the chicken, place the ingredients from your bowl of seasoned lemon, garlic and onion inside the chicken. Cook for an hour then add the potatoes and zucchini around the edge of the chicken. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Make sure the potatoes are not cut too large otherwise they will not be done when the chicken is! Cook for about 35 more minutes.

The result is a juicy tender chicken and a side of roasted veggies. The juices from the chicken permeate the veggies. So yummy! One of my favorite things about this meal- the lack of dishes! :) I am letting my role as "mom-without-a-dishwasher" show through. Seriously though, one pot meals are fantastic!

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I apologize for the horrible fluorescent lighting! That's the problem with taking pictures of dinner, it's always so dark by the time we eat! Is it spring yet?!

4 comments:

  1. It is extremely easy! The meat turns out so moist!!

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  2. Yum! Can't wait to try this. We're staying with a vegetarian family at the moment, but I'll get around to it soon.

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